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Doyle Byers

Partner

222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Doyle counsels clients through complex business disputes and in complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters.

From Fortune 500 and international companies to local businesses and entrepreneurs, Doyle represents a wide variety of clients with their business disputes, including internal corporate governance investigations, creditor-debtor disputes, antitrust litigation, and contract and business tort claims. He has extensive experience in investigating and prosecuting fraud and fraudulent transfer claims. He also handles matters involving sales of bankruptcy assets through private sales and auctions by representing purchasers, creditors, trustees, and debtors in negotiating and completing such sales.

Doyle is admitted to practice in Utah and Arizona, and is also admitted in the following Courts: U.S. District Court, District of Utah; U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; and Ninth and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Client Results

International Arbitration
  • Represent client against the Slovak Republic in an ICSID arbitration arising from expropriation of mining rights.

Commercial Litigation
  • Represent Receiver in SEC enforcement action in largest alleged Ponzi scheme in Utah history, including liquidating and administering the receivership estate that will likely result in 100% principal return to investors; investigating and prosecuting claims for fraud, fraudulent transfer, and insider transactions; and prevailing in four separate trials regarding claims.

  • Represented large venture capital firm in investigating and bringing claims for breaches of fiduciary duties, fraud, and conversion against former officer and director that resulted in very favorable settlement for the client.

  • Represented limited liability company in investigating and bringing claims for breach of fiduciary duties, self-dealing, conversion, and fraud conducted by former officer of the company.

  • Represented creditor client in pursuing claims for fraudulent transfer that resulted in unanimous jury verdict in favor of client.

  • Defended an international shipping company in a 2-week jury trial regarding breach of contract claims in excess of $50 million.
  • Defended Fortune 500 company against claims for carbon monoxide exposure at one of its large facilities.
  • Defended marketing company and its personnel against alleged claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and solicitation of employees and distributors.
  • Represented a commercial airline leasing company in the successful repossession of a number of commercial aircraft and obtaining a judgment and sanctions in excess of $30 million, and in the same case, successfully defending against two appeals to the Ninth Circuit.
  • Represented a major oil company in multi-district antitrust litigation against the insurance industry and obtaining favorable settlement on behalf of our client.
  • Represented an electric utility in a two-week arbitration dealing with long-term power contracts and cogeneration facilities with claims in excess of $300 million.

  • Represented marketing company in distributorship disputes.
  • Represented large logistics company in obtaining a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against former executive and his new employer in the enforcement a non-compete agreement resulting in the termination of the former employee by competitor.
Bankruptcy
  • Defended motion picture studio company against involuntary bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Defended numerous creditors against preference and fraudulent transfer claims.
  • Represented creditor groups in prosecuting involuntary bankruptcy against commercial property owner.
  • Represented creditor in strategically purchasing claims of other creditors, which ultimately resulted in debtor being unable to confirm a plan of reorganization and in the dismissal of the
    bankruptcy case.
  • Represented creditors in motions for relief from stay and motions to dismiss for bad faith filings.
  • Represented large creditor in negotiating the sale of various gas stations partially owned by bankruptcy estate, resulting in full payment of client’s claims.
  • Represented numerous clients, including creditors and purchasers, in the negotiation of sales and purchases of bankruptcy estate assets.
  • Represented trustee of large real estate bankruptcy case in pursuing preference and fraudulent transfer actions.

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Recognition

  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, Up and Coming, 2011; Bankruptcy/Workout, 2017, 2018

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member, 2004-present
  • J. Reuben Clark Law School Board of Advocates, Member, 2002-2003
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