Skyler Y. Stuckey
Partner

As a business attorney, my clients are usually involved in a lawsuit, a commercial dispute, or an investigation, each of which is understandably a stressful time for them. My goal is to be a compassionate advisor and give clients peace of mind throughout the process, whether I’m helping them define what a “win” looks like in the case, listening to their concerns, or responding to questions and issues as quickly as possible.

Bringing a distinct, client-first mindset and innovative perspective to every legal matter, Skyler’s work is focused on commercial litigation and appellate practice, from briefing through oral argument.

In his litigation practice, Skyler uses a highly collaborative approach to help businesses and individuals resolve conflict. He has achieved successful outcomes in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters in Texas state courts, federal courts nation-wide and in foreign jurisdictions. With clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, closely-held businesses and municipalities to banks, startups and individuals, he has worked on a full-range of commercial matters including fiduciary litigation, contract disputes, partnership and governance disputes, defamation, and complex torts. He also focuses on cutting edge areas of modern business and its related legal developments, including e-commerce and developing technology, internet and new media, data privacy regulation at the national and international level, and developing regulations and governance of environmental, societal and governance (ESG) matters.

In his appellate practice, Skyler provides support to the firm’s other trial lawyers, researching complex issues, ensuring the preservation of appealable error, drafting dispositive motions and appellate briefing, and arguing appeals. Given his background as a trial lawyer, he is able to approach appellate matters holistically, and has a deep understanding of appellate needs from inception through verdict at the trial level.   

Before joining the firm, Skyler served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Ken Molberg in the 95th District Court in Dallas and the Honorable Robert Junell in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Prior to entering the practice of law, Skyler worked as a professional actor in Los Angeles and Europe, and he brings the same creative energy to his practice today.

Representative Experience

Commercial Litigation

  • Lead counsel representing LLC in contentious dispute with member removed over fiduciary matters. Obtained extremely favorable resolution after extensive briefing and motion practice, including obtaining sanctions on behalf of partnership. (Israel Espiricueta v. The Library Bar Fort Worth, et al., D-1-GN-0011870, 459th Judicial District, Travis County, Texas) 
  • Lead counsel on behalf of physician, entity, and trust against tax professional in dispute over concealment of embezzled funds. Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of clients with minimal briefing after key depositions. (Andrew Brylowski, M.D., Stanley Brylowski Revocable Trust, and Global Examination Services, P.A. v. Maureen McAndrew, CPA, DC-19-18267, 68th District Court of Dallas County, Texas) 
  • Lead counsel on behalf of physician, entity, and trust against tax professional in dispute over concealment of embezzled funds. Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of clients with minimal briefing after key depositions. (Andrew Brylowski, M.D., Stanley Brylowski Revocable Trust, and Global Examination Services, P.A. v. Maureen McAndrew, CPA, DC-19-18267, 68th District Court of Dallas County, Texas) 
  • Lead counsel on dispute over propriety of medical expert’s rates. Obtained completely favorable ruling after briefing before the United States Department of Labor. (Blaise Mika v. USAF/Air Force Services Agency, Air Force Insurance Fund, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, OALJ No: 2019-LHC-00387-89, United States Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges) 
  • Argued and successfully obtained dismissal of claims filed in California against Texas-based manufacturer on jurisdictional grounds in suit involving claims under the Copyright and Computer Fraud Acts. Plaintiff sought to establish jurisdiction based on e-commerce website and internet-based sales, and argument resulted in dismissal of all claims. (Future Motion, Inc. v. JW Batteries, LLC, No. 3:21-cv-06771-EMC, United States District Court for the Northern District of California) 
  • Lead counsel on behalf of seller of commercial vehicles and its owner in contentious business dispute involving allegations of R.I.C.O. Act across state lines. Obtained settlement of all claims on behalf of clients after briefing, argument, and mediation and extensive negotiations with all parties. (Maxum Enterprises, LLC v. Automotive Fleet Enterprises, Inc. et al., No. 3:18-cv-0687-B, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas – Dallas Division)
  • Lead counsel on behalf of entity within integrated real estate firm in complex and lengthy dispute with joint venture partner. Along with co-counsel, obtained settlement of all claims after contentious briefing and mediation of matter. (Aspen IDD, LLC v. MSP IDD I, LLC and Murray McCabe MSP IDD I, LLC v. Aspen IDD, LLC, et al., DC-19-20283, 192nd Judicial District, Dallas County, Texas) 
  • Counsel on behalf of commercial aerospace and aviation manufacturer in dispute involving extensive claims including fiduciary breach, fraud, and misappropriate of trade secrets. Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of client after motion practice and discovery, including award of attorneys’ fees after successful motion practice during discovery process. (Eric Hancz, et al. v. Biskay Holdings, LLC, et al., No. 429-02132-2019, 429th Judicial District, Collin County, Texas) 
  • Trial team member representing hundreds of corn farmers bringing claims against Syngenta AG and its subsidiaries arising out of Syngenta’s sale of two genetically modified corn varieties unapproved in major U.S. corn export markets. Obtained favorable jury verdict for all requested damages. (In re Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation, 2:14-md-02591-JWL-JPO, United States District Court for the District of Kansas) 
  • Lead counsel in dispute with State of Texas on behalf of pharmaceutical company over disputed tax matters. Obtained settlement and dismissal of all claims. (State of Texas v. Trilogy Pharmacy, D-1-GN-19-002352)
  • Handled briefing for substantial arbitrations over domestic company’s involvement in international clean energy development projects
  • Served as lead associate on a major mediation on behalf of the manufacturer of an animal vaccine

Appellate

  • Lead counsel, handling all briefing and argument, on appeal of jury verdict in favor of client at trial level. Successfully defended appeal, obtaining affirmance of verdict in favor of client and order allowing for additional proceedings to determine proper amount of damage award. Lead counsel for additional briefing at Texas Supreme Court, obtaining affirmance of appellate court’s ruling. (Souhail Adam v. Javier Marcos, Jr. and Law Office of Marcos & Associates, P.C., No. 14-18-00450, Texas Court of Appeals, 14th District (Houston) & No. 21-0374, Supreme Court of Texas)  
  • Lead appellate counsel on behalf of physician in appeal of divorce decree issued after mediated settlement agreement. Obtained complete affirmance of trial court’s ruling and denial of claims of fraud and duress. (Asit Choksi v. Ulupi Choksi, No. 09-19-00183-CV, Texas Court of Appeals, 9th District (Beaumont)) 

Other Representation

  • Advised client on development of potential Environmental, Societal, and Governance (ESG) regulations by U.S. and international regulatory bodies
  • Assisted numerous clients in the creating of business entities, corporate governance documents and bylaws, transitioning entities to more favorable structures, and related corporate matters
  • Created service and privacy policies for app developers and e-commerce business owners
  • Drafted contractual agreements for software developers and their clients
Thought Leadership / News
November 19, 2020 
 Speeches and Presentations
Theater at the C-Level: A Discussion Panel

Dallas Summer Musicals

November 12, 2020 
 Speeches and Presentations
Legal Pitfalls to Avoid in Marketing: FTC Issues

Gray Reed Client Presentation

December 16, 2019 
 Press Releases
Honors
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America in the field of White Collar Defense (2021 - 2023)
  • Named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2017 - 2022)
  • National Order of the Barristers
  • National Champion (2011) & National Finalist (2010) – National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity
  • Texas Tech Law Review, Vol. 42 – Articles Editor & Career Development Director   
  • CALI Award Winner in Commercial Litigation and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Jurisprudence Award Winner in Civil Procedure, Property Law, Criminal Law, Business Entities, and Mergers & Acquisitions
Organizational Involvement

Professional Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • North Texas Business Council for the Arts
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America 
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Kitchen Dog Theater
  • Advisory Board, Deep Vellum Publishing
Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law,

    Phi Delta Phi, Law Review, National Entertainment Law Moot Court (2011)

  • B.A., Pepperdine University (2005)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • District Court of Eastern District of Texas
  • District Court of Northern District of Texas
  • District Court of Southern District of Texas
  • District Court of Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Federal Claims