Moustapha El-Hakam
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Education

South Texas College of Law (J.D., 2006)
University of Texas at Austin (B.S., Radio-Television-Film, 1997)

Moustapha El-Hakam

Moustapha represents plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial litigation matters in all types of industries, including oil and gas, automotive, construction, software, telecommunications, insurance, healthcare, retail, and financial. Moustapha served over four years on Susman Godfrey’s Document Review Improvement Committee where he co-authored an e-discovery guideline for use by staff attorneys and associates. Prior to joining Susman Godfrey in 2013, Moustapha gained over six years’ experience in civil litigation and international trade running a solo practice and working as in-house counsel for a Houston-based export company supplying the Middle East oil and gas sector.  Moustapha earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 2006.

Notable Representations
  • Served with a team of lawyers representing Chevron U.S.A., Inc. and Chevron Corporation in climate change litigation filed in courts across the nation.  See, e.g., City of Oakland v. BP, PLC, et al, 325 F. Supp. 3d 1017 (2018).
  • Member of the team representing Dominion in its $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News Network and Newsmax TV. Dominion accuses Fox News and Newsmax of making false claims that Dominion rigged the 2020 Presidential Election.
  • Hess Corp. v. Schlumberger Tech. – represented plaintiff Hess for breach of contract relating to failed subsurface safety valves.
  • DCP Midstream v. Anadarko – member of the team that represented defendant Anadarko in a dispute in Colorado state court against DCP Midstream relating to an alleged dedication of wells, areas of mutual interest, and accounting and allocation issues in the Wattenberg Field near Denver, Colorado. The case settled for confidential terms following key depositions.
  • Poneman v. Nike, Inc. – represented plaintiff Daniel Poneman in action for trademark infringement against retail giant, Nike.
  • In re: Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation – member of the team that secured multiple settlements with various banks accused of conspiring to rig LIBOR. These settlements with Barclays, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC provide a total settlement fund of $590 million for the benefit of a class of plaintiffs that includes cities, pension funds and others known as the “over-the-counter” purchasers.
  • In re General Motors Ignition Switch Litigation – member of the team that represented plaintiffs in a federal multi-district litigation against General Motors over an ignition switch defect. Defended depositions on key personal injury bellwether cases. The class actions were settled for over $120 million and received final approval of the Court in December 2020.
  • Bank of New York v. WMC and GE Capital – member of the team that represented General Electric in a widely covered litigation in the Southern District of New York relating to mortgage-back securities involving loans originated before the 2007 financial crisis. The case settled favorably for GE on the eve of trial.
Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas