Tyler G. Doyle

Partner

Tyler G. "Ty" Doyle always puts his clients first.  As one client’s General Counsel writes, “Thoughtful, thorough, professional, pleasant—Ty is among the best lawyers with whom I have ever worked . . . . He was always available to speak, any hour of the day or night [and] his analysis was instant and always spot on.”  Another lawyer writes that he “is the attorney’s attorney” and can always be trusted to handle difficult issues.  Ty has a general civil litigation and appellate practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  In recent years, his practice has focused on commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes in the healthcare, oil and gas, and financial services industries.

Ty received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 2002, where he graduated in three years.  He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2005, where he was an Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review and served on the Executive Board of the Stanford Journal of International Law.  He also graduated with Pro Bono Distinction, based on the number of hours of free legal services he provided while attending law school, and was awarded the James W. Lyons Award for exceptional contributions to the Stanford community.  An active alum, he was a member of Stanford Law's Board of Visitors from 2012-15.

Upon graduation from law school, Ty served as law clerk to the Honorable Edith H. Jones, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  An avid writer, he has published law-related articles in SlateNewsweek.com, and The Huffington Post, and has been quoted on legal issues in media outlets across the country.  Ty has been recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year since 2013, was named a Top Attorney every year since 2016 by H-Texas, and was named a Top Lawyer for 2016 and 2017 by Houstonia Magazine.

Ty is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, New York, California, Arizona, and the District of Columbia, as well as several additional federal district and appellate courts.

JAB v. Peregrine

Mr. Doyle led a team that won $2.4 million for client JAB Energy Solutions following a successful bench trial in 2017.  The Court concluded, among other things, that Defendant Peregrine Oil & Gas wrongfully withheld JAB's shares of certain gross production proceeds owed to JAB under an agreement between the two companies.  The matter later settled for a confidential amount.  

Nobilis v. Great American Insurance Co.

In 2018, Mr. Doyle led a team of SKV lawyers seeking to make the insurer for its longtime client, Nobilis, provide coverage related to the defense of securities suits in the US and Canada.  In spite of having a D&O policy, Nobilis was forced to spend substantial sums defending itself in those suits after coverage was denied.  Ultimately, Nobilis filed suit in the Southern District of Texas, and obtained a summary judgment order that Nobilis was owed a defense in the securities suits.  The matter later settled for a confidential amount.  

Hall v. Nobilis; Schott v. Nobilis

Mr. Doyle led a team of SKV lawyers to two decisive wins in securities fraud suits against their client, Nobilis Health, in 2015 and 2016.

In late 2015, based on a short-seller's blog posted on the Seeking Alpha website, the Hall Plaintiffs filed vague allegations against the Company and copied verbatim several accusations made in the Seeking Alpha Blog.  The Company vigorously responded to the Complaint, filing a Motion to Dismiss even before Nobilis had been served.  Faced with this aggressive response, Plaintiff moved the Court to extend Plaintiff's time to respond to the Motion to Dismiss, a tactic Nobilis opposed.  The Court denied the Motion for Extension of Time to Respond and required Plaintiff to file a response to the Motion to Dismiss.  Instead, Plaintiff filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with Prejudice dismissing the Complaint.

The same plaintiffs' firm then returned with a new action, Schott v. Nobilis, making substantially identical claims to Hall.  Again, Nobilis responded with a Motion to Dismiss, which was ultimately granted without prejudice; Plaintiffs again voluntarily dismissed their case rather than attempt further amendment.  

Quantlab v. Godlevsky

In 2015, Mr. Doyle was part of a trial team representing a Houston-based investment firm in a case involving claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, copyright infringement, and fraud. After obtaining stipulated judgments of $28.5 million from each of four settling defendants, the case proceeded to a jury trial in the Southern District of Texas, where Quantlab won an additional $12.2 million against two defendants who refused to settle.  The verdict was affirmed in all respects following an appeal to the Fifth Circuit in 2017, and the District Court later awarded millions of dollars in attorneys' fees to Quantlab.

Chosen as Rising Star by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, 2013-Present

H-Texas Top Attorney 2016, 2017, 2018.

Houstonia Top Lawyer 2016, 2017.

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 2010
New York, 2006
California, 2006
District of Columbia, 2006
Arizona, 2018
The United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
The United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
The United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York
The United States District Court for the District of Arizona
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
The United States Court of Federal Claims
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Pro Hac Vice:

Connecticut
Florida
Ohio

Organizations:
Houston Bar Association

Speaking Engagements:

Confidentiality & Protective Orders in Business Litigation, 2017 Advanced Civil Trial Seminar, Texas State Bar
Decoding Cybersecurity, 2018

Law Review/Legal Journal:

Equitable Estoppel in the Context of Claims for Tortious Interference with Contractual Relations: Has the Texas Supreme Court Gone too Far?, with Clayton A. Morton, South Texas Law Review (Spring 2016)

The Applicability of the Crime-Fraud Exception in Fraudulent Transfer Cases: Does a “Fraud” by any Other Name Smell as Sweet?, with Clayton A. Morton, South Texas Law Review (Spring 2019)

TUTSA, Take Two:  Amendments, Unresolved Questions, and What it Means for Practitioners, with Jacquelyn Rex, The Advocate: Journal of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (Spring 2019)

Internet:

Why is John Boehner Resigning?, published in Huffington Post (2015)

The Legality Behind "Trespassers will be Shot" Signspublished in Huffington Post (2015)

Why So Many Lawyers are Unhappy (Hint: It's Avoidable)published in Huffington Post (2015)

The Disrespect of Clarence Thomas, published in Slate and Newsweek.com (2015)

Quoted:

InformationWeek, Software Licensing Audits: Is Your Company Prepared? (2015)

InformationWeek, Data, Lawyers, and IT: How They're Connected (2015)

Wine Industry Insight, Will Walmart v. Texas be Granholm II and Headed for SCOTUS? (2015)

Princeton University
A.B., Politics, magna cum laude, 2002

Stanford Law School
J.D., 2005
Executive Editor, Stanford Law Review
Executive Board, Stanford Journal of International Law

Partner

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
2014 - Present

Associate

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
2010 - 2013

Associate 
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges
2006-2009 

Law Clerk 
to the Hon. Edith H. Jones
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
2005-2006

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