HOUSTON, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Susman Godfrey L.L.P. announced on September 12 that Neal Manne has joined name partners Steve Susman and Lee Godfrey as a managing partner of the firm. "Lee Godfrey and I have been the sole managing partners for many years," Susman said. "While Lee and I have no thoughts about stepping down or retiring, at our request our partners developed and approved a succession plan to provide future leadership for our firm. As part of that plan, the firm's partners have elected Neal Manne to serve as a managing partner. For over twenty years, Neal has provided consistently wise counsel and leadership to our firm. His election to join us as a managing partner appropriately formalizes his leadership role in our law firm. Our partners are confident that it positions Susman Godfrey L.L.P. to continue to thrive for many years in the future."
Manne, 56, is a graduate of the University of Texas and of the University of Texas School of Law. He began his career in Washington D.C. and joined Susman Godfrey in 1988. He has served on the firm's Executive Committee since 1997. Manne has tried dozens of cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, in state and federal courts across the country. His many honors include the 2011 Jurisprudence Award (given by the ADL in recognition of "commitment to equality, justice, fairness and community service") and the 2003 Leon Jaworski Award (given by the Houston Bar Association for "lifetime volunteer service to the community").
Manne said that Susman Godfrey is perfectly positioned to remain one of the country's premiere litigation boutiques. He added, "Our partners are excited about the future. We hope that Steve and Lee will be around for many years so that together we can build on the incredibly strong foundation they have created and continue to win cases for our clients."
Susman Godfrey practices complex commercial litigation throughout the United States. The firm has 85 lawyers and has offices in Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York.
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