Ty M. Sheaks is a respected source of insight and information as a frequent speaker, author, and faculty legal advisor to the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). Whether in the courtroom or negotiating deals he the go to “fixer” for McCathern’s most difficult and high-exposure matters. Additionally, Ty leads McCathern’s Restaurant & Hospitality Section.
Ty has extensive experience on a national level in a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters. Ty has successfully mediated, arbitrated, and tried numerous cases, including D&O liability claims, construction defect disputes, dram shop liability, premises liability claims, negligent security claims, non-subscription defense, catastrophic personal injury claims, employment disputes, mass tort and products liability claims, medical malpractice claims, collections, and breach of contract actions. Additionally, Ty routinely advises his business partners in a wide range of transactional matters, mergers & acquisitions, business entity formation issues, and corporate governance.
After graduating from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Ty was licensed to practice law in Texas in 2003 and is admitted to the United States District Courts of the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is also admitted to practice pro hac vice and has litigated in state and federal courts nationwide, including in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Utah.
Outside of the law, Ty implements McCathern’s mission of “Improving People’s Lives” by serving as an Advisory Board Member for the Circle Ten Council-Boy Scouts of America as well as serving on several committees for the Dallas Bar Association (DBA). For over ten years Ty volunteered as the assistant boys’ varsity lacrosse coach at Jesuit College Preparatory School. He is also an active member of the National Eagle Scout Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS), the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association (GDRA).
Ty has presented on a variety of topics at national conferences for the CLM, RIMS as well as presentations for local organizations like the Fort Worth Business Press. As a faculty member of the IAVM, Ty presents the legal block of training annually at its Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS) and Severe Weather Preparedness program (SWP). Additionally, Ty has written several published articles for legal publications, including the Dallas Bar Association’s Headnotes.
In recognition of his accomplishments both in and out of the courtroom, Ty is listed as one of America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators, in invitation-only honor bestowed upon trial attorneys with successful experience in high-stakes business litigation matters. Ty has also been named to the esteemed list of “D Best Lawyers” in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022 by Dallas area publication, D Magazine, honoring the top lawyers in Dallas as chosen by their peers. Ty was also honored by the publishers of Texas Monthly and Texas Lawyers magazines naming him a “Super Lawyer” from 2019 through 2022 to go along with his “Rising Star” honor in 2017 and 2018. However, Ty’s most coveted accomplishment is helping his amazing wife raise their four children.
Select Presentations & Publications
- “Can “Fear” Majeure Be Used to Cancel an Event or Contract?“, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association (August 2022)
- Thought Leadership Forum – Panelist, IAVM VenueConnect 2020, virtual (Oct. 2020)
- Legal Considerations and Updates to Help Venues Navigate Change, IAVM VenueConnect 2020, virtual (Oct. 2020)
- 3-Part Webinar Series for IAVM: Episodes 6 (Legal Considerations of Returning to Work), 7 (Contractual & Related Liability Considerations), 8 (Insurance Considerations, Updates & Wrap-Up), virtual (May 2020)
- Emerging Risks & Laws for Venue Managers (Year 2); Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS); Las Vegas, NV (March 2020)
- Claims Settlement – Getting the Claim Set for Settlement; DFW RIMS Fall Conference; Grapevine, TX (Oct. 2019)
- “Scope of Protections Afforded When Designating a Client an Expert”, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association (October 2019)
- Hospitality Industry Session: A Room With a View of Liability; RIMS 2019 Annual Conference; Boston, MA (April 2019)
- Emerging Risks & Laws for Venue Managers (Year 2); Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS); San Diego, CA (March 2019)
- “Continued Limitations to Recovery of Attorney’s Fees”, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association (October 2018)
- Active Shooter Seminar; Fort Worth Business Press – Business for Breakfast; Fort Worth, TX (Oct. 2018)
- Legal Issues for Event & Venue Management (Year 2); Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS); Minneapolis, MN (March 2018)
- Feeling Lucky? Well Are You? How to Handle Open Carry for Retail, Restaurants & Hospitality; CLM Webinar Series (Feb. 2018)
- Buckle Up. Emerging Risks Ahead, CLM Business Insurance Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference; Dallas, TX (Feb. 2018)
- Risk Management & Legal Issues (Year 2); Academy for Venue Safety & Security (AVSS); Dallas, TX (March 2017)
- Rules of Engagement – Active Shooter in Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality; CLM Business Insurance Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference; Grapevine, TX (Feb. 2017)
Awards and Associations
Select Cases and Transactions
- Obtained rare granting of summary judgment for all claims asserted against his client in a catastrophic personal injury matter pending in Beaumont, TX where the Plaintiff (represented by Provost Umphrey) ultimately obtained a $32 million dollar verdict against the remaining defendant at trial.
- In Whisenhunt v. Lippincott, 416 S.W.3d 689 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2013, pet. filed), Ty participated in successfully obtaining reversal of the trial court's dismissal of his client's tortious interference with existing and prospective business relations claims and a holding that the Texas Citizen Participation Act—Texas's anti-SLAPP statue—is inapplicable to purely private speech.
- Participated as part of trial team in defense of the National Football League, Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Ltd. and related entities during multi-week trial in District Court of Dallas County, TX involving personal injury claims allegedly sustained during Super Bowl XLV.
- Successfully defeated summary judgment motion against his client’s claims for discrimination and retaliation in District Court of Collin County, TX, which prompted favorable settlement for his client.
- Obtained dismissal of claims against his client based on arguments of forum non-conveniens in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas-Houston Division.
- Counseling client in development, construction and operation of Holiday Inn Express and Suites, including selection and formation of management entities and drafting and negotiation of related organizational agreements and contracts, negotiation of real estate acquisitions and related contacts, negotiation of franchise agreements and related contracts, and general legal and business advice concerning all aspects of operations and management balancing immediate and long-term priorities.
- Defending contractual arbitration claims to a take nothing award in a seven-day arbitration proceeding in Dallas, TX involving complex IT and database contractual issues when identical claims were the subject of a claimant’s award in a previous and nearly identical hearing involving different counsel.
- In Byrd v. DeLaSancha, 195 S.W.3d 384 (Tex.App.—Dallas 2006), the Appellate Court reversed and remanded the trial Court’s inappropriate decision to grant a directed verdict against Ty’s client based on the testimony he was able to elicit at trial.