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Bill Carmody

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
1301 Avenue of the Americas, 32nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-336-8334
Fax: 212-336-8340
Email: Bill Carmody
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2013 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation
Attorney Profile

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.

About Bill Carmody

First Admitted: 1988, Texas

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member Texas Bar
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member New York Bar 
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Educational Background

  • B.S. in Marine Engineering, United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law Executive Board
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Office Location for Bill Carmody

1301 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10019

Last Updated: 6/29/2022

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