Will Snyder’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. He represents clients in matters related to breach-of-contract claims, breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims, business torts (including securities fraud and other transactional fraud), claims arising from disputes between partners or LLC members or from mergers and acquisitions, legal malpractice claims, claims related to trade secret misappropriation, and ultra vires claims against officers or directors.
Will’s cases typically involve transactions related to securities, real estate, oil and gas, private equity, healthcare, and intellectual property. 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 taken the lead in briefing and arguing cases before the Texas appellate courts, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Listed in Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, 2022 Listed in Texas Super Lawyers Business Litigation, 2008-2020, 2022 "Rising Star," 2004-2007 Listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America, Commercial Litigation, 2022 Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Barrister, 2015-2017 Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® Commercial Litigation, 2018-2023 Litigation – Securities, 2018-2023 On behalf of defendants who own, manage, and develop resort properties, successfully argued a case to the Dallas Court of Appeals that was a bellwether for underlying cases involving over 1,000 plaintiffs who had claimed more than $20 million in actual damages and attorneys’ fees and approximately $38 million in exemplary damages. Obtained a complete vacatur of trial court’s judgment favoring bellwether plaintiffs. Successfully argued to Dallas Court of Appeals and obtained complete affirmation of $3.2 million judgement arising from dispute among limited and general partners over development of $35 million apartment complex. Co-leader of trial team that zeroed out claims against client and co-defendant and obtained $2.7-million judgment on client's and co-defendant's counterclaims in dispute among partners in a limited partnership over development of $35-million apartment complex. Obtained no-liability defense verdict favoring Global 500 corporation in jury trial involving commercial disputes and obtained verdict for 100% of damages sought on client’s counterclaims. Led defense on behalf of national law firm against claims alleging violations of Texas Securities Act; argued and obtained summary judgment eliminating all claims. Led prosecution of securities fraud case brought on behalf of individual against international corporation, its officers and directors, and it underwriters in connection with an IPO; obtained $5.25 million settlement (net to the client, appx. $3.75 million). Led prosecution of claims for breach of fiduciary duty on behalf of one of world’s largest corporations, argued against and defeated multiple summary judgment motions brought against client, and obtained favorable confidential settlement. Served as lead lawyer prosecuting claims through discovery, argued and obtained summary judgment, then participated at trial in obtaining jury verdict awarding law-firm client $3.1 million (100% of its requested actual damages), plus attorney’s fees, on breach-of-contract claim related to patent licensing royalties. Defended securities arbitration against broker-dealer where panel awarded claimants less than .05% (.005) of $9 million in damages sought. On behalf of corporate client and its officers/directors, argued and obtained summary judgment against corporate plaintiff’s securities-related claims, reducing alleged damages from $35 million to $5 million and facilitating a favorable confidential settlement. Led defense of corporation that managed physician’s practice groups against numerous plaintiffs asserting claims for fraud, tortious interference, and breach of contract, and seeking over $60 million in actual and exemplary damages, resulting in nuisance-value settlement below amount plaintiffs paid in attorney’s fees. Led defense of case where plaintiff claimed to be defendants’ joint-venture partner in highly successful emergency medical care franchise and sought proceeds from franchise’ sale to private equity firm, resulting in nuisance-value settlement below 1% of claimed damages. Led defense of energy company and its members against claims under the Texas Securities Act, resulting in a confidential settlement. Obtained favorable confidential settlement as lead lawyer in suit brought on behalf of client, a law firm, arising from agreement to prosecute infringement claims related to patents owned by U.S. corporation and licensed to Oxford University. Co-lead lawyer in bench trial involving partnership dispute related to speed boat dealership where no-liability judgment favoring client was obtained along with judgment for 100% of damages sought on client’s counterclaims. Primary lawyer involved in defending state-court claims brought against client where plaintiff, an alleged joint-venture partner, sought millions of dollars in patent licensing royalties; argued and obtained summary judgment eliminating all claims. Argued to Dallas Court of Appeals and denied adversary’s attempt to obtain case-dispositive mandamus relief in suit involving securities fraud claims. Defended arbitration claims for client whose former partner sought to recover millions of dollars in patent licensing royalties from him through claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty; after arbitration hearing, arbitrator found no liability and rejected all claims. Primary lawyer involved in prosecuting claims against insurance carrier arising from denial of coverage under directors and officers insurance policy, resulting in clients recovering $1 million through settlement. As lead lawyer for small aviation company, successfully argued 2 summary judgment motions in adversary bankruptcy proceeding, which established breach-of-contract liability against Texas Rangers Baseball Partners and defeated what would’ve been a case-dispositive counterclaim, and which leveraged an $8.25 million settlement (client’s net recoveries were $5 million). Obtained no-liability defense verdict for individual defendant in jury trial involving disputes arising from residential real estate development.