Leading Commercial Litigator to Discuss Case Against Texas Utility

A pioneering commercial litigator will discuss his role in blocking the construction of several coal-fired power plants in a landmark case that pitted 37 cities against a powerful Texas utility.

Stephen Susman of the firm Susman Godfrey will discuss the case against the utility, TXU, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor auditorium of the Peabody Museum of Natural History. His talk will follow a screening of the film, “Fighting Goliath: the Texas Coal Wars,” which chronicles Susman’s work and is narrated by Robert Redford, at 5 p.m.

The screening and lecture, jointly sponsored by the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, in collaboration with the School of Management Energy Club, are free and open to the public.

Susman’s firm was awarded the National Law Journal’s 2008 Pro-Bono Award for successfully arguing the TXU case. Susman has been included in The Best Lawyers in America for 25 years and was selected as the Leading Commercial Litigator in the World in 2006 and 2007 by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

Susman is currently counsel to an Inuit tribe whose homes are threatened by the effects of climate change. He is also representing the town of Kivalina, Alaska, in a suit against 24 energy companies. He has taught climate change litigation at the University of Texas Law School and frequently lectures on the subject.

Since founding Susman Godfrey in 1980, Susman has been specializing in commercial litigation. In 1999 he was co-lead counsel in a vitamins antitrust case that settled for over $1 billion and in 2000, he successfully settled a large antitrust case against Microsoft on the eve of trial.

Susman holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Texas Law School. At the University of Texas, he was editor-in-chief of the law review and graduated first in his class. He clerked for the Honorable John R. Brown of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and for the United States Supreme Court.

Ysella Edyvean, 203-432-5967 or Tom Conroy  203-432-1345

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