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Manne Susman Srinivasan (l-r) Neal Manne, Steve Susman, and Kalpana Srinivasan. After Susman, a founding partner of Susman Godfrey, died in July, Srivivasan was appointed as a second managing partner, alongside Manne, to help lead the firm. Courtesy photos

As if navigating through a pandemic wasn’t enough, lawyers at Houston-based trial boutique Susman Godfrey this year faced the difficult challenge of coping with the loss of firm founder Stephen Susman, and then transitioning to new leadership.

Susman, a nationally known trial lawyer who split his time between Houston and New York, died in July at 79 after contracting COVID-19 while recovering from a severe cycling accident in April in Houston. Susman was not only a skilled lawyer, but an innovator who was one of the first to take commercial suits on a contingency fee.

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Brenda Sapino Jeffreys

Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys covers the business of law in Texas. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @BrendaSJeffreys

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