Lessons From the Trial From Uber's Lead Counsel
The Waymo (Google) v. Uber trial that was tried in Federal Court in San Francisco last February was perhaps the highest profile business litigation trial in recent memory, garnering near-daily front page coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, to say nothing of the legal press. Uber hired Bill Carmody just months before trial to step in as its lead trial lawyer. In this presentation, Bill, and his partner Shawn Rabin, will discuss a number of the interesting and difficult issues the case presented and how they dealt with them to achieve what was widely reported as a superior trial performance that led Google to reduce its pre-trial settlement demands from $2.6 billion to less than $250 million of non-cash consideration.
Bill Carmody is the Partner in Charge of Susman Godfrey's New York City office, which he founded after leaving the firm's Dallas office. He has handled numerous high-profile cases through trial, as noted by his being named one of Lawdragon 500's 41 "Legal Legends" and one of Law360's "10 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar," His clients besides Uber include General Electric Capital Corp., private equity titan TPG, and well-known hedge fund Third Point LLC. For his work on the Uber trial, as well as a $161 million jury verdict for General Electric in the Southern District of New York, he was named one of the three finalists for New York Law Journal's 2018 New York Attorney of the Year.
Shawn Rabin is also a Partner in Susman Godfrey's New York City Office and tried the Waymo v. Uber trial with Bill Carmody. Shawn tries several cases a year and has achieved recent victories in the Northern District of California, Southern District of New York, and the District of Puerto Rico. The National Law Journal named Shawn as a "Plaintiffs' Lawyer Trailblazer" in 2018 and Benchmark Litigation named him on their "40 Under 40 Hotlist" in 2017 and 2018.