Renowned Litigator Steve Susman Launches "Trial by Agreement" Website

Feb 28, 2012 (03:02 PM EST)

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stephen Susman, a nationally known litigator based in Houston Texas, has launched, a groundbreaking website aimed at ultimately transforming litigation in the United States into a process that is more efficient, expedient and cost effective.

"This website demonstrates that lawyers have the tools and the ability to curtail the prohibitive cost and bitter fights that are part of litigation," said Stephen Susman, a founding partner of Susman Godfrey.  "Over the past several decades, my firm has taken the lead in developing pre-trial and trial agreements aimed at creating a more efficient and cost-effective trial process.  This website allows us to share those successful agreements with the legal community at large." starts a dialogue about pretrial and trial agreements.  These agreements are ground rules for pretrial and trial practice, which counsel reach at the very beginning of a case, before the discovery process begins or opposing counsel begin to defend their turf. The agreements make litigation faster, more efficient, and less expensive.

" This website will become a forum where trial lawyers, in-house counsel, clients and judges can discuss pre-trial and trial agreements, including what works and what doesn't," continued Susman. "We believe there is always room to build a better mousetrap." 

Stephen Susman has over 40 years of experience as a litigator and is widely recognized as one of the most successful plaintiff's lawyers in the United States.  He has been named one of the nation's Top 10 litigators in The National Law Journal in 2006, and one of the 11 litigators 'you do not want to see across the aisle' by The Business Insider, Law Review in 2010.  Steve founded Susman Godfrey in 1980 after winning what was at the time the largest verdict in antitrust history.  The 90 attorney firm has offices in Houston, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and has been twice recognized by the American Lawyer as Litigation Boutique of the Year, most recently in 2005.  

SOURCE Susman Godfrey LLP