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Cameron Byrd is an Associate in McKool Smith’s Austin office. Cameron represents plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and intellectual-property cases involving financial services, breach of contract, employment, covenants not to compete, misappropriation of trade secrets, and patent infringement. In his first three years of practice, Cameron tried five cases with claims and counterclaims in excess of $1 million—including two trials as the first-chair lawyer.

While attending law school, Cameron received the Dean’s Achievement Award as the Outstanding Student in Intellectual Property and served as a Teaching Assistant for Texas Civil Procedure. He also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jeffrey Manske, U.S. Magistrate Judge, in the Western District of Texas, Waco Division.

Experience

Representative Matters

Prior to joining McKool Smith:

  • As lead counsel, obtained a declaratory judgment, dismissal of all counterclaims, and approximately $700,000 in attorney’s fees following a bench trial in state court on behalf of RSL Funding, LLC against J.G. Wentworth. Cameron and two fellow junior associates took over this thirteen-year-old case on the eve of trial and defeated a big-law team consisting of four partners and multiple associates.
  • As lead counsel, obtained a unanimous jury verdict in the Southern District of Texas that will result in the recovery of more than $1 million of collateral for secured creditors, A.M.Y. Property & Casualty Insurance Corporation and FinServ Casualty Corporation, against unsecured creditors Symetra Life Insurance Company and Symetra Assigned Benefits Service Company. This trial required proving priority to certain asset-backed securities under a relatively uncommon section of Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and required defeating fraudulent-transfer and alter-ego defenses that attacked business models involving asset-backed securities and captive insurance. The verdict is currently on appeal before the Fifth Circuit.
  • As lead counsel, obtained summary judgment in the Southern District of Texas to recover approximately $800,000 in collateral on behalf of secured creditors, A.M.Y. Property & Casualty Insurance Corporation and Finserv Casualty Corporation, against unsecured creditors Symetra Life Insurance Company and Symetra Assigned Benefits Service Company. This case required establishing priority under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and defeating fraudulent-transfer and alter-ego defenses that attacked business models involving captive insurance.
  • As lead counsel, obtained dismissal in state court of negligence and negligent-supervision claims involving personal injuries allegedly in excess of $1 million on behalf of Genuine Parts Company.
  • As lead counsel, successfully prosecuted claims involving covenants not to compete and misappropriation of trade secrets. On the plaintiffs’ side, Cameron’s clients have secured temporary restraining orders, recovered substantial attorney’s fees, and obtained settlements from defendants involving multi-year and multi-state restrictive covenants. On the defendants’ side, Cameron has helped clients obtain the prompt dismissal of frivolous non-compete and trade-secret claims that were designed to unfairly limit clients’ business activities.
  • As second chair, obtained a favorable settlement following jury selection in state court on behalf of an enterprise-software company against a large health-insurance company in a case involving contract and declaratory-judgment claims in excess of $2 million.
  • As second chair, obtained a favorable settlement involving attorney’s fees and multi-year restrictive covenants following a two-day temporary-injunction hearing in state court on behalf of a global oilfield-services company against two former executives who breached restrictive covenants and misappropriated trade secrets in an effort to jump start a competitor to Cameron’s client.

Recognition

Rankings & Honors

In 2018, Cameron was one of only six associates nationwide recognized for “best in client service” by BTI Client Service All-Stars. The only litigation-boutique associate recognized among the half dozen, he was nominated by general counsel of a global oilfield-services company and lauded as being “highly effective” for helping his clients succeed.

In law school, Cameron received the Dean’s Achievement Award for Outstanding Student in Intellectual Property.

Articles

Publications

  • “Trying Your First Jury Trial: Lessons Learned” – Presented for the Houston Bar Association in December 2018.

Education

J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law, 2015.

B.A., magna cum laude, Baylor University, 2012. 

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
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