- University of Texas at Austin (B.S.M.E., 2005)
- University of Houston Law Center (J.D., summa cum laude, 2008)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Ewing Werlein, Jr., United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2008 — 2010)
Weston O’Black is a trial lawyer who has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across the country. Originally from Houston, Weston joined Susman Godfrey in 2010 after a two-year federal clerkship. Weston has won victories on both sides of the docket. He regularly represents plaintiffs but has also successfully defended clients in cases where plaintiffs demanded millions. He has managed cases in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, and South Carolina to name a few.
Weston’s practice spans a wide variety of subject matters. He has considerable experience with contract disputes, the midstream industry, energy trading, exploration and production, large construction projects, mortgage lending, and products liability.
Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, Weston’s focus is the same: preparing the case to win at trial. That focus creates efficiencies for clients and also provides benefits during pre-suit or pre-trial negotiations. Weston is regularly retained by clients to negotiate settlements of complex disputes before a lawsuit is filed. He also is regularly retained to take over pending cases headed to trial.
In a 2023 article in Texas Lawbook, CenterPoint discussed how Weston and his partners from Susman Godfrey resolved disputes worth hundreds of millions of dollars with the company’s gas suppliers after the winter storm that hit Texas in February 2021:
“We hired Susman Godfrey to show suppliers that we were not fooling around when we demanded those contracts be enforced . . . . As a result, nearly every one of those suits was resolved before we even filed a lawsuit.”
In 2021, Weston was named Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer for securing a landmark summary judgment for Vitol in a case valued at $4 billion, win. Read more in about the matter in Law360 and Texas Lawbook. Additionally, Weston’s work in nabbing a win for Vitol in a $4 billion dollar litigation with Puerto Rico Utility helped secure Susman Godfrey’s recognition by Benchmark Litigation as Texas Law Firm of the Year in 2023.
Weston encourages potential clients to contact him for references of current clients, former clients, former local counsel, and former opposing counsel.