William S. Snyder
Complex Business Litigation
Professional Malpractice Defense
Prosecution and Defense of Personal Injury and Products Liability Cases
White Collar Criminal Defense
University of Texas, B.A., Plan II Honors Program, Highest Honors (Phi Beta Kappa)
University of Texas, J.D., With Honors, American Jurisprudence Award Winner
Sayles | Werbner, since 1997 (Shareholder since 2001)
Vinson & Elkins, 1994 – 1997
Law Clerk to the Hon. Sam Sparks, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1993-94
Will’s practice focuses on business litigation disputes in which he represents plaintiffs and defendants in matters tried in the state and federal courts, or in arbitrated matters. Will’s clients typically pursue or defend against claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent or negligent misrepresentations, trade secret misappropriations, quasi-contractual or equitable claims, ultra vires claims against officers or directors, securities fraud, accounting fraud, transactional fraud (frequently in transactions involving the acquisition of real estate or oil and gas assets), partnership disputes, and claims arising from mergers and acquisitions. Will also prosecutes and defends cases involving personal injury and products liability claims, and has been retained by corporations and individuals to defend them in federal white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Environmental Protection Agency. Will has tried many cases to final verdict and has arbitrated several to a final decision. Will also has briefed or argued matters before the Texas appellate courts, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Represented software distributor in connection with bet-the-company litigation, flipping the tables on a surprise takeover attempt by the client’s former partner and obtaining multiple emergency TROs, a temporary injunction, and ultimately a beneficial settlement.
- Obtained a multi-million dollar jury verdict awarding his corporate client 100% of its requested damages on claim that the defendant had breached a contract related to patent royalties.
- Obtained a no-liability jury verdict favoring an individual defendant in a jury trial involving disputes arising from a real estate development.
- Obtained no-liability defense verdicts for his corporate client in two product liability jury trials where the plaintiffs suffered permanently disabling personal injuries and sought millions of dollars in damages.
- Obtained a no-liability defense verdict for his corporate client in a jury trial involving commercial disputes, and obtaining a favorable verdict for 100% of the damages sought on his client’s counterclaims.
- Obtained a no-liability judgment favoring his client after a bench trial concerning a partnership dispute, and obtaining a judgment for 100% of the damages sought on his client’s counterclaims.
- Successfully defended a securities arbitration where the panel awarded claimants less than .05% of the $9 million in damages sought.
- Successfully defended a corporation and its officers and directors where numerous plaintiffs asserted claims for fraud, tortious interference, and breach of contract (among other things) and sought over $60 million in actual and exemplary damages.
- Obtained a no-liability arbitration award for his client in a multi-million dollar partnership dispute involving intellectual property royalties.
- Obtained summary judgment favoring a law firm in a federal-court legal malpractice case where the plaintiff sought $136 million, resulting in a nuisance-value settlement for less than half of plaintiff’s attorney fees and costs expended during the 4-year case.
- Represented a Fortune 500 corporation in a two-year criminal investigation conducted by the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, which ended without indictment.
- Successfully argued to the Dallas Court of Appeals and denied his adversary mandamus relief in a case involving his client’s securities fraud claims.
- Obtained the dismissal of federal court commercial fraud claims seeking more than $11 million in damages from his corporate client.
- Argued against and defeated multiple summary judgment motions against his client, a Fortune 100 corporation, and subsequently obtained a favorable confidential settlement on his client’s breach of fiduciary duty claims.
- Argued and obtained summary judgment favoring his client who had brought a multimillion-dollar breach-of-contract suit involving intellectual property.
- Argued and obtained summary judgment favoring his client, a defendant in a multimillion-dollar partnership dispute involving intellectual property.
- Argued and obtained summary judgment against a corporate plaintiff’s securities-related claims seeking more than $35 million, allowing his corporate clients and their directors and officers to obtain a favorable confidential settlement.
- Argued and obtained summary judgment for his client, who had brought a federal breach-of-contract suit involving approximately $2 million in damages.
- Obtained a favorable, $5.25 million settlement for an individual who brought securities fraud claims against an international corporation, its officers and directors, and underwriters in connection with an initial public offering.
- Prosecuted negligence claims arising from a fire that damaged his client’s planned real estate development, and obtained a favorable confidential settlement for policy limits.
- Obtained a $1 million settlement for his clients after pursuing a declaratory judgment action in federal court.
- Prosecuted his corporate client’s claims in an extended securities arbitration, resulting in a favorable confidential settlement before an award was issued.
Professional Activities and Accolades
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2004-2007
Texas Super Lawyers, 2007-Present
Dallas Bar Association, Fellow
Publications and Presentations
Speaker on Fiduciary Duty Litigation, Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference (UT Austin) – Fall 2008.
Speaker on Comparative Fiduciary Duty Law (Texas & Delaware), Texas Business Torts Institute 2011.
Co-Author of “Comparison of Delaware and Texas Fiduciary Duty Litigation” (2011).
Speaker on New Developments in Proving/Disproving Business Tort Damages, Texas Business Torts Institute 2012.
Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
Member, University of Texas at Austin Scholarship Committee
Member, University of Texas at Austin Liberal Arts Advisory Counsel
Member, Board of Directors for The Children’s Trust (benefitting Children’s Medical Ctr.)