Wyatt J. Dowling

Senior Counsel
Contact
wdowling@yettercoleman.com
713.632.8080 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Wyatt’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation. He graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2010 and served as Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review.

Wyatt clerked for the Honorable Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. During his clerkship, he drafted more than two-dozen opinions in civil cases involving the False Claims Act, Title VII, §1983, the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Election Campaign Act, challenges to agency action under the Administrative Procedure Act, and violations of District of Columbia law.

Wyatt is recognized in commercial litigation by Best Lawyers in America® as "One to Watch" and as a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers.

Representative Experience
  • US Airways, Inc. v. Sabre Holdings Corp. Part of trial team representing US Airways in antitrust lawsuit against the largest U.S. global distribution system. Following a three-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the jury found that Sabre was a monopolist that abused its power and harmed US Airways and competition by practices meant to stifle innovation and new distribution technologies.
  • Deutsche Lufthansa AG, et al. v. Sabre Travel Int’l Ltd. Represented Lufthansa and its sister airlines in contract suit in Texas state court against the largest U.S. global distribution system. The dispute concerned Lufthansa’s introduction of a charge for bookings made outside of its direct-sale channels. Following Sabre’s failed effort to have the claims dismissed based on preemption under the Airline Deregulation Act, Lufthansa secured a favorable settlement and renewal of its distribution contract.
  • Confidential. Represented low-cost airline in negotiations with one of the largest global distribution systems over the parties’ distribution contract. The airline secured a highly favorable renewal of its distribution contract entitling it to pursue modern, efficient distribution technologies.
  • Confidential. Represented a Fortune 50 company in prosecuting and successfully resolving its trademark and contract rights in a dispute with another Fortune 500 company, allowing our client to protect its valuable intellectual property while preserving a vital business relationship.
  • Smith v. SEECO, Inc., et al. Part of trial team representing Southwestern Energy and affiliates in contract and fraud class actions concerning post-production expense deductions from royalty payments. Through overlapping class actions in Arkansas state and federal courts, various plaintiffs representing more than 12,000 class members alleged that Southwestern’s affiliate was prohibited from deducting the costs of its sister-company’s gas gathering services. After a two-week trial in Little Rock, the firm and co-counsel achieved a complete defense victory, with the jury rejecting the plaintiff’s claim for $300 million in actual and punitive damages and penalties.
  • Confidential. Represented an electric generation plant in an arbitration involving complex breach of contract and declaratory judgment claims valued at over $90 million brought by a part-owner and purchaser of the plant’s capacity after it raised various challenges to the plant’s administration of the power purchase agreement, calculation of the reservation payment, and pass-through of costs. Following a one-week arbitration hearing, a three-arbitrator panel issued a unanimous decision in our client’s favor on each of the significant claims.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
  • "Ones to Watch" in Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America®, 2021
  • "Texas Rising Star," in Business Litigation by Thomson Reuters' Super Lawyers, 2019-2020
  • “Houston Top Lawyer” in Business and Commercial Litigation,
    H Texas Magazine, 2015

Affliliations

  • Board Member: Bayou Preservation Association, 2015-2017
  • Member: Houston Bar Association Lawyers Against Waste Committee, 2013-2018; Co-Chair, 2016
Presentations & Publications
  • "'Forum' and 'Venue': A Distinction With a Difference in Texas," The Texas Lawyer, April 5, 2018 (co-author)
  • “The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From Third Parties,” Law360, July 24, 2017
  • “Phone Records Should Be On Your Discovery Wish List,”
    The Texas Lawbook, July 24, 2015 (co-author)
  • “Competition Law,” Presentation to General Electric Oil & Gas, Feb. 5, 2014
  • “Written Discovery: Strategies and Tactics,” CLE Presentation to Hewlett-Packard Legal Department, September 10, 2013
  • “Choosing Time Standards Wisely In E-Discovery,” The Texas Lawyer, September 2, 2013
  • “Write Briefs With Law Clerks in Mind,” The Texas Lawyer, Nov. 19, 2012
Education & Professional Background
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2010 (Order of the Coif)
  • Boston College, Ph.D. Political Science, 2007
  • Saint John's College, B.A., History of Science/Philosophy, 2001
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas, 2010; District of Columbia, 2011; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2012; Eastern District of Texas, 2016 Northern District of Texas, 2016 Western District of Texas, 2016