The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Charles R Eskridge
Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

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CHARLES ESKRIDGE has litigated complex commercial matters at Susman Godfrey since 1994. He has been a partner since 1996, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University Houston Law Center, where he teaches the Federal Courts course.

Eskridge is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell, its highest rating. In 2005, Texas Monthly and Texas Law and Politics magazines named him among the State¿s ¿Super Lawyers.¿ Those magazines had named him a ¿Rising Star¿ of the Texas legal profession in 2004. Texas Lawyer selected Eskridge in 2001 as one of "40 under 40" whose accomplishments had distinguished him from his peers.

Eskridge has obtained damage awards for plaintiffs at trial totaling more than $145 million, and over $425 million more by way of settlement. For defendants, he has won summary judgment, and otherwise successfully settled a wide array of cases upon terms which delighted the client. He has filed briefs in the Texas and U.S. Supreme Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, where he has also made oral argument. His wide range of litigation has included matters involving antitrust, patents, securities fraud, the First Amendment, ERISA, and asbestos bankruptcy litigation, along with state law issues concerning contractual disputes, fraud, employment and trade secret issues, and insurance coverage.

Eskridge attended law school at Pepperdine University, where he graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian in 1990, and now serves on its Board of Visitors. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles Clark, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Hon. Byron R. White then selected Eskridge to serve as one of the honored group of law graduates that clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court during its October 1991 Term. From October 1992 until June 1994, Eskridge resided in The Hague, The Netherlands, working as special assistant to Howard M. Holtzmann, U.S. Arbitrator for the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.

Eskridge was raised in Houston and attended college at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1985.