William S. Snyder

William S. Snyder


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Will’s practice focuses on business litigation disputes in which he represents plaintiffs and defendants in matters tried in state and federal courts (including bankruptcy courts) or in arbitrated matters. Will’s clients typically pursue or defend against claims for breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duty; business torts, including securities fraud and other transactional fraud (often in transactions involving real estate or oil and gas assets); disputes between partners or LLC members; legal malpractice; claims arising from mergers and acquisitions; trade secret misappropriations; and ultra vires claims against officers or directors. Will also prosecutes and defends cases involving personal injury and products liability claims. Corporations and individuals have also retained him 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. Apart from his trial practice, Will has briefed or argued matters before the Texas appellate courts, the Supreme Court of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Representative Cases

Complex Business Litigation Cases

  • Obtained substantial jury verdict awarding corporate client 100 percent of its requested damages on a claim that the defendant had breached a contract related to patent royalties.
  • Argued and obtained two summary judgments from bankruptcy court related to corporate client’s breach-of-contract claims against Texas Rangers Baseball Partners, which allowed client to receive a sizable settlement.
  • Obtained no-liability jury verdict favoring an individual defendant in a jury trial involving disputes arising from a real estate development.
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Honors And Awards

Texas Super Lawyers 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, Thomson Reuters 
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, Thomson Reuters
AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell 2002 through 2016

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Professional Background

State Bar of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

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University of Texas, J.D., with honors, American Jurisprudence Award Winner
University of Texas, B.A., Plan II Honors Program, highest honors (Phi Beta Kappa)

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Speaking Engagements

“New Developments in Proving/Disproving Business Tort Damages,” Texas Business Torts Institute, 2012
“Comparative Fiduciary Duty Law (Texas and Delaware),” Texas Business Torts Institute, 2011

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“Comparison of Delaware and Texas Fiduciary Duty Litigation” (2011)

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