Bill Carmody

Bill Carmody

Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

Recognized since 2005

New York, New York

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Antitrust

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Litigation - Patent

Litigation - Securities

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

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Bill Carmody is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who tries bet-the-company cases for plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts throughout the country. Bill is a permanent member of Susman Godfrey’s Executive Committee and heads its New York office. Carmody is experienced in a wide- range of complex business and intellectual property litigation and has handled a variety of cases, including antitrust, commercial and securities fraud, structured finance and derivatives litigation, class actions, false claims act, oil & gas, trust and estates, trade secrets, trademark, and patent infringement. Among his recent successes, Carmody represented a whistleblower who asserted novel anti-kickback claims in the Novartis qui tam litigation that resulted in total settlements of $465 million – which for a case of its kind is the largest recovery ever.

Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, Bill puts his money where his mouth is by betting on his ability to win for his clients. A pioneer in structuring result-driven fee deals, he aligns his interests with those of his clients by making his fees dependent on the success he earns – and not on hours billed. It’s a creative approach to billing in a profession that doesn’t often stray outside the box.

Bill is perennially listed in the Lawdragon 500, the guide to America’s leading 500 lawyers. He’s ranked in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers and included in Benchmark’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers. According to Benchmark, here’s how a peer described Bill:

“Of all the lawyers I’ve worked with in all my years, this guy [Carmody] was the best in every respect. As a trial lawyer he could do it all. He’s based in New York now but stylistically was absolutely ‘Texas hot!’ He is just in another league.”

His peers have voted him both a “Texas Super Lawyer” and a “New York Super Lawyer” . Carmody is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in five categories, including Bet-the-Company Litigation.

Bill is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Law 360 recently featured Carmody in its “Trial Pro” series. Bill has appeared in national and international media, and his trial victories have been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Bloomberg, The National Law Journal, Texas Lawyer and The American Lawyer.

  • 1301 Avenue of the Americas, 32nd Floor
    New York, NY 10019-6023
  • University of Tulsa, J.D., graduated 2007

Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
Headquarters: Houston, Texas

29 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

8 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Special Focus:
  • Complex Litigation
  • Patent
  • Lawdragon 500
  • Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers
  • Benchmark’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • New York Super Lawyer and Texas Super Lawyer
  • Lawdragon 41 Legal Legends
  • Law360 – 10 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar
  • Named to the National Law Journal’s list of Elite Trial Lawyers
  • Listed in the Legal 500
  • Top three finalist in 2018 for the New York Law Journal’s Attorney of the Year.
  • The Best Lawyers in America in five categories
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Antitrust Law
  • Arbitration
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Patent Law
  • Qui Tam Law
  • Trademark Law

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