- Emory University (B.A., History and Political Science, 1995)
- The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., with honors, 2004)
Law Clerk to The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2004-05)
My clients include both plaintiffs and defendants engaged in nearly every type of civil litigation. My practice spans a wide variety of cases: from helping False Claims Act whistleblowers against hospitals and medical device companies, to representing class members and defendants in class action litigation, to assisting corporations and professionals embroiled in compensation and other business disputes.
A typical case for me is in a federal district court, but my work takes me to state trial courts, state and federal appeals courts, hearings before single and multiple arbitrators and even probate court. I have appeared and argued in court in Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and of course, in Texas.
I like to advise a diverse range of clients, from the largest corporations to startups, individual entrepreneurs and inventors, business executives and doctors. My clients have in the past included Intellectual Ventures, Wal-Mart, Walmart.com, KBR, Inc., LyondellBasell Industries, NV, Forest Oil Corp., Amegy Bank, Stealth BioTherapeutics, Key Energy, Enterprise Products Operating LP, TMZ, The Hobby Center Foundation, Apache Corp., Clinical Pharmacology of Miami and many others.
In January 2016, my partners appointed me as Susman Godfrey’s first General Counsel. So, in addition to my practice, I currently advise the firm and over 100 partners and associates in our four offices around the country.
I have served as lead counsel in a week-long private arbitration in New York, and have examined and cross-examined expert and fact witnesses in trials and arbitrations around the country. I advised the board of one of the nation’s largest medical device manufacturers as Counsel to its Special Litigation Committee. And I won—in a Texas state court—summary judgment for client TMZ and its host Harvey Levin in a defamation case brought against the entertainment news giant by the mother of the late model/actress Anna Nicole Smith.
In addition to my trial and arbitration hearing work, I have argued all types of court hearings, including motions to dismiss, discovery disputes, Daubert hearings, and temporary restraining orders. I have also successfully petitioned the Texas Supreme Court, obtaining extraordinary relief for a client and stopping runaway litigation in a jurisdiction considered by some to be a “judicial hellhole.” The magazines Texas Monthly and Texas Law & Politics (Thomson Reuters) named me a Texas “Rising Star” five times.
Since joining the firm, I have worked on cases involving False Claims Act lawsuits, patent infringement, pharmaceutical licensing and manufacturing disputes, embezzlement, defamation, breach of contract, and computer fraud, as well as a variety of business torts, partnership disputes, and stock option disputes.
I am admitted to practice in every U.S. District Court in Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth and Federal Circuits, and every state court in Texas.