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Barry C. Barnett

Barry C. Barnett

Susman Godfrey LLP
  • Antitrust Law, Energy, Oil & Gas Law, Intellectual Property
  • New York, Texas
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For more than three decades, business people have hired this “incredibly gifted lawyer” (Chambers and Partners) who is “magic in the courtroom” (Who’s Who Legal) and 2019 Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation in Houston (Best Lawyers) to help them navigate the risks and rewards of high-stakes business disputes in Texas, New York, and around the country.

Trial counsel
Barnett is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a partner in Susman Godfrey’s Houston and New York offices, and a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. With three decades of trial work representing both plaintiffs and defendants, he is a master of strategy in commercial litigation.

Barnett focuses on complex matters, particularly ones involving antitrust, energy, or intellectual property. He has represented major corporations like Alaska Airlines, Cisco Systems, Encana Oil & Gas, Texas Instruments, Duane Reade, KKR, and Neiman Marcus Group. He’s also battled for his clients against behemoths like Abbott Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, AmerisourceBergen, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, BlackBerry, Comcast, Samsung, and Visa.

Barnett projects a compelling courtroom presence. His performance before the Supreme Court in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend prompted the Court to withdraw the question on which it had granted review. The judge in a patent infringement trial called him “one of the best” and his opening statement the finest he had ever seen. Another trial judge said Barnett was one of the two best trial lawyers he’d ever come across. The other one was dead, he said.

Complete package
Barnett can handle a case from start to finish. He’s tried cases to verdict and then briefed and argued them when they went before the Third, Fifth, and Tenth Circuits, the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and (in the case of Comcast Corp. v. Behrend) even the Supreme Court of the United States.

Practice Areas
    Antitrust Law
    Energy, Oil & Gas Law
    Intellectual Property
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  • Contingent Fees
    My firm and I prefer contingent-fee and flat-fee arrangements because they reward results and efficiency. Contingent-fee arrangements can also make litigation affordable, and flat fees provide greater certainty for cash needs.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 5337001
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State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 01778700
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2nd Circuit
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3rd Circuit
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5th Circuit
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10th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Professional Experience
Susman Godfrey LLP
- Current
Law Clerk, The Honorable Jerre S. Williams
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Harvard University
J.D. (1984)
Honors: Cum laude
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Yale University
B.A. (1981) | History and Economics
Honors: Magna cum laude and honors in History
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Lawyer of the Year, Patent Litigation, Houston
Best Lawyers
Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Houston
Best Lawyers
Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Houston
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Professional Associations
American College of Trial Lawyers
- Current
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Center for American and International Law
- Current
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American Law Institute
Elected Member
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Articles & Publications
Fee Arrangements
Thomson West
How Antitrust Enforcers Might Think Like Plaintiffs Lawyers
Websites & Blogs
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Contact & Map
Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
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Houston, TX 77002
Toll-Free: (866) 754-1900
Telephone: (713) 653-7891
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