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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 2020, 2019 and 2018 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” in 2020 and 2019 to go along with his “Rising Star” honor in 2018 and 2017. However, Ty’s most coveted accomplishment is helping his amazing wife raise their four children.
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