Joseph Grinstein

Susman Godfrey - Texas

Partner

1000 Louisiana, Suite 5100
Houston, TX 77002

+1 713 653 7824

Future Star



I am a trial lawyer who has handled cases in every corner of the country – from San Francisco to San Juan. I combine a passion for getting on my feet before judges and juries with the work ethic necessary to master the facts and the law before “showtime.” 


Much of my practice focuses on high-tech litigation. I have extensive experience handling patent, trade secret, and tech-related antitrust cases, and I have had the privilege of representing clients in some of the nation’s highest profile intellectual-property disputes – from battles over self-driving cars to mediaprocessors to broadband satellites. Whether high-tech or not, however, I have litigated a broad range of high-stake cases: 

  • There are very few lawyers who have tried a patent case to verdict and also argued an ERISA appeal. I’ve done them both – more than once. 
  • I’ve successfully opposed confirmation of a billion-dollar bankruptcy plan . . . and I’ve scored a verdict of more than $30 million under California trade secrets law. 
  • I have spoken at several ABA events about antitrust issues . . and I have persuaded the Eleventh Circuit to uphold the certification of a civil-rights class action. 
  • In one Native American gaming case I won a judgment after trial of $9 million for my client, and in another such case I secured for my client a summary judgment win on a $300 million claim against it – and then I successfully defended both those results on appeal. 
  • I work hard on pro bono cases, especially in the area of criminal justice. I have worked to eliminate cash bail for certain misdemeanor and felony arrestees in Harris County, I have fought for compensation from the State of Texas for an exonerated death-row inmate, and I have represented a class seeking to end Austin’s debtor’s prison for people who cannot afford to pay their traffic tickets. 
  • And, for fun, I do tax. 


My strong academic background has armed me to handle such a diverse caseload. I graduated from Rice University in 1994 with three majors, conferred summa cum laude. I then received my law degree from Yale Law School, where I was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and I won the school’s mock trial competition. After law school, I clerked on the Fifth Circuit for the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham. 

 

Updated Sep 2022