Elizabeth A. Wyman

Associate
Contact
ewyman@yettercoleman.com
713.632.8066 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Elizabeth’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Yetter Coleman, she was an Assistant District Attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s office in New York City, where she tried eleven trials as first-chair, including bench and jury trials, and prosecuted approximately 1,000 cases from arraignment to disposition.

Representative Experience
  • iPic v. Regal Won a landmark injunction against the nation’s largest movie theater chain for predatory conduct against our boutique theater client under the Texas antitrust act; affirmed on appeal.
  • FDNM Inc. v. DTM Assets, LP and David T. McDonald  Represented local business in state court jury trial, securing a complete plaintiff’s victory, including punitive damages, in a business trespass case.  As second-chair, successfully argued for exclusion of defense expert and conducted direct examination of plaintiff’s expert witness.
  • South Tilden II, LLC, et al. v. Petrohawk Properties, LP, et al.  Representing BHP Billiton in Texas state court, prevailed on summary judgment on a multi-million dollar claim for breach of a term assignment arising from working interest revisions in the Eagle Ford Shale and successfully settled a related dispute over the term of a waiver of overriding royalty interests and claims for trespass and breach of contract.
  • Business Logic Holding Corp. v. Morningstar et al.  Part of trial team representing Business Logic in breach of contract and trade secrets case related to retirement advice software.  Worked with expert witness on damages model presentation. The firm secured several key pre-trial rulings, including dismissal on summary judgment of defendants’ counterclaim.  One business day before trial, defendants agreed to pay Business Logic $61 million to settle the case, which represented a recovery of 95% of the maximum claimed damages.  The settlement is reported to be the 9th largest disclosed trade secrets settlement in U.S. history.
  • Represented a major Indonesian palm oil conglomerate in a dispute with a Texas-based energy company alleging fiduciary, fraud, and other claims arising out of a failed venture to market biodiesel in the U.S.  Our client faced counterclaim liability in the hundreds of millions based on allegations that it had breached an unwritten agreement to provide palm oil feedstock for marketing as biodiesel.  The case settled favorably on the eve of trial, with no money being paid by our client.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • "Houston Top Lawyer" in Business & Commercial Litigation, H Texas Magazine, 2015
  • Member: Women’s Energy Network
  • Member: Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member: Houston Bar Association, Lawyers for Literacy Committee
Presentations & Publications
Education & Professional Background
  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2010, magna cum laude (Order of the Coif, Annual Survey of American Law Executive Articles Editor, 2009 - 10)
  • Rice University, B.A., 2007, magna cum laude (Honors Program,
    Phi Beta Kappa)
  • National University of Ireland, Study Abroad, 2005
  • Admitted to practice:  Texas, 2013; New York, 2011