Ryan Caughey
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  • Princeton University (A.B., Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs)
  • Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude)
Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Mr. Caughey has successfully litigated a wide variety of complicated, high-stakes commercial disputes for plaintiffs and defendants in federal courts, state courts, and arbitrations. Mr. Caughey has also handled federal and state appeals. Mr. Caughey represents some of the world’s largest companies but also small businesses and individuals—usually on a flat fee, contingency fee, or other alternative fee arrangement.

Mr. Caughey has particular experience in the areas of antitrust and competition, energy, securities, intellectual property, environmental, professional liability, and business and partnership disputes. He is regularly called on to address complex issues of class certification, claim construction, corporate governance, and antitrust liability and damages.

Mr. Caughey joined Susman Godfrey after starting his career at Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C. and clerking for the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Mr. Caughey earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The following are some of Mr. Caughey’s representative matters:

  • The Dial Corp. et al v. News Corp. et al. Represented certified class of consumer packaged goods manufacturers, including Dial Corporation and Kraft Heinz Foods, pursuing monopolization claims against News Corporation and affiliated entities. We secured class certification, defeated a Rule 23(f) appeal, defeated summary judgment, and obtained a nine-figure settlement on the first day of trial.
  • Packaged Tuna Antitrust Litigation. Representing major retailer in high-profile price-fixing litigation involving the packaged tuna industry.
  • Louisiana Wetlands Litigation. Defending major oil and gas company against dozens of lawsuits brought by several Louisiana state and local governmental bodies, which are alleging various categories of environmental harm, including land loss, wetlands degradation, and contamination.
  • Westlake Chemical et al v. James Construction et al. Representing major chemical company in complex, multi-party construction dispute. After a three-week jury trial, the jury awarded our client approximately $4.5 million in damages and fees. Before trial, we defeated mandamus petitions to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and secured several pretrial settlements.
  • Wickfire et al v. TriMax et al. Representing tech startup in case against competitor, involving Lanham Act, contractual interference, and conspiracy claims. After a federal court jury trial, we secured a total victory. The jury awarded $2.3 million in damages to our client and found that the defendant should take nothing on its $22 million counterclaims. Currently representing Wickfire on appeal.
  • Freeman Holdings, LLC v. ExxonMobil Corporation. Represented plaintiff real estate developer in a breach of contract action against Exxon, involving a right of first refusal to purchase real estate. Settled after we defeated summary judgment.
  • Trade Secret Litigation. Represented major oil and gas company in litigation against former contractor who misappropriated confidential documents. Obtained temporary restraining order and injunction after federal court evidentiary hearing.
  • Brand et al v. Promega et al. Representing major shareholder plaintiffs in shareholder oppression lawsuit involving corporate governance issues.
  • Enterprise Products v. TOC Rocky-Mountain, Inc. Defended pipeline company against breach of contract claims involving natural gas liquid allocation. Case settled after we obtained an appellate victory.
  • KBR v. Chevedden. Represented engineering and construction firm in federal Fifth Circuit appeal regarding exclusion of shareholder proposal from proxy statement, pursuant to Rule 14a-8. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the trial court order excluding the shareholder proposal.
  • Bohan et al Austin Foam Products et al. Defended packaging company in complex cross-border partnership dispute involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. Settled before trial.
  • Abecassis et al v. Wyatt et al. Defended major oil trading firm in case involving antiterrorism act. We obtained dismissal of all claims brought against our client.
  • Medical Card Services v. Equian et al. Defended health insurance company against breach of contract claims. Settled before trial.
  • Weingarten Realty Investors v. Miller. Defended real estate developer in federal court action regarding real estate guarantee. Settled before trial.
  • Confidential Divorce Action. Represented party in high-value divorce proceeding involving ownership and control of significant oil and gas assets. Settled before trial.
Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of Colorado 

Bar of the District of Columbia 

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit