Business Today recognized former Managing Partner Neal S. Manne and Partner Geoffrey L. Harrison as two of the top ten trailblazing commercial litigators in Houston. Business Today recognized this elite group of ten lawyers for their “exceptional work across industries such as energy, transportation, finance, and more” and because “these litigators represent their clients with impeccable skill.” Susman Godfrey is the only firm with more than one lawyer recognized
Neal S. Manne is the firm’s former managing partner and still has a very active practice. He leads the defense of Live Nation in litigation arising from deaths and injuries at the 2021 Astroworld Music Festival, represents Walmart on nationwide antitrust price-fixing claims against producers of broiler chickens, heads a Susman Godfrey team defending Benham in major construction litigation in Arkansas, defends Chevron on a variety of matters around the country including global climate change litigation, and represents on a pro bono basis the top four elected officials of Harris County (Houston) in lawsuits challenging their election victories. Business Today wrote “Renowned for his representation of a prestigious client base in critical business disputes, Neal Manne of Susman Godfrey LLP showcases his versatility in both antitrust and commercial litigation. Praised as one of Texas’ and the nation’s best lawyers, his courtroom acumen is unparalleled.”
Geoffrey L. Harrison, who has been called “One of the great trial lawyers of his generation” by Lawdragon, handles a diverse cross-set of complex litigation. His 2023 victories include winning a $498 million Texas state court injunction evidentiary hearing in favor of Apache Corporation, securing a 3-0 decision in Eighth Circuit affirming a multi-million dollar summary judgment for Winthrop Resources Corporation, and settling a $100-plus million patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung on behalf of Proxense, LLC, all while handling dozens of other high stakes cases including a multi-billion dollar price-fixing antitrust case against the major railroads and a $360 million trade secrets case. “Geoffrey Harrison possesses a robust litigation practice, with experience representing major clients in the energy industry. He is praised for his interpersonal skills, writing ability, and sharp courtroom aptitude,” says Business Today in its write up.