Chanler Langham is a Partner in the Houston office and native of Fort Worth, TX. Mr. Langham litigates and manages complex commercial matters for plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts throughout the country involving intellectual property, toxic torts, executive compensation, oil and gas, products liability and complex breach of contract issues. Mr. Langham has written, won, and defeated countless motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss, won appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and Texas Court of Appeals, and has successfully settled several multi-million dollar matters, Law & Politics Magazine Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) selected Mr. Langham as a Texas Rising Star from 2012 to 2014, and H-Texas Magazine has selected Mr. Langham as a Professional on the Fast Track from 2009 to 2014.
In 2013, Mr. Langham's success continued as he served as lead counsel on the following wins:
July 2013 - Won settlement on behalf of two limited partners asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims against general partner of a software company. The matter settled shortly after Langham won a preliminary injunction and finding from the trial court that the general partner likely breached its fiduciary duties when it took money from the partnership to purchase plaintiffs' shares pursuant to a buy-sell provision that restricted such purchases to funds of individual partners.
August 2013 - Won settlement on behalf of third-party defendant in breach of fiduciary duty and alleged fraud matter. Plaintiffs alleged a conspiracy and fraudulent scheme to execute insider trades due to third-party defendant's loan to one of plaintiffs' members. We filed a counterclaim and the matter settled shortly after Langham deposed plaintiffs' key witness and president of the company. The matter settled with payments on our counterclaim, and no payments to plaintiffs.
September 2013 - Won settlement on behalf of former partner of military contractor. We alleged breach of an asset purchase agreement that defendants never honored, and tortious interference against former sub-contractors that took over the company after they helped force our client out of the business. The matter settled shortly after we amended the complaint and requested defendants' depositions.
October 2013 - Won settlement on behalf of defendant and former restaurant franchise owner in breach of contract action. Plaintiffs alleged breach of representations and warranties concerning the condition and financial viability of the restaurants. We asserted a counterclaim for failure timely to pay post-closing assumed contracts and expenses. The matter settled shortly after Langham debunked plaintiffs' claims with their own express written waiver of all causes of action related to the condition restaurants. The matter settled with payments on our counterclaim, and no payments to plaintiffs.
November 2013 - Won motion to dismiss on behalf of the American Association for Justice in a defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress action filed by a former AAJ officer. Plaintiff alleged that a former president of AAJ made defamatory statements to AAJ members about plaintiffs' capabilities as an AAJ officer during an election of the organization's national officers. The Court granted AAJ's motion to dismiss and found it could not be held liable for statements the former president made during the election.
December 2013 - Won preliminary injunction on behalf of Mobius Medical Systems, LP, a pioneering start-up in radiation oncology software, against Mobius's former exclusive distributor Sun Nuclear, a global manufacturer and distributor of radiation measurement instrumentation. Mobius asserted that Sun Nuclear misappropriated its trade secrets when it abruptly terminated its exclusive distributorship and introduced a strikingly similar product called ImagePro. After a 2-day preliminary injunction hearing, the Honorable Melinda S. Harmon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a 28-page opinion and order enjoining Sun Nuclear from ?promoting, marketing, advertising, selling, and offering for sale? Sun Nuclear's ImagePro, and any other product that incorporates Mobius's trade secrets.
Before joining Susman Godfrey, Mr. Langham worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Langham earned his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University Honors Program, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Japanese Language and Literature. Mr. Langham speaks proficient Japanese and has worked at the Embassy of Japan; Takusu Board of Education in Gifu, Japan; and international law firms in Tokyo, New York, and Washington, DC. As a student, Mr. Langham served as a Sub-Regional Director in the Northeast Black Law Students Association, Teaching Assistant for Constitutional Law, and Articles Editor for the Journal of Asian Law. Mr. Langham is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New York.