Overview

Sydne Collier is a skilled litigator who represents clients in a wide range of matters in state and federal court involving complex commercial and business disputes, class actions, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, securities law, and white-collar criminal defense. Her practice also includes guiding companies and individuals through government investigations brought by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, involving allegations of financial, mail/wire, health care, and securities fraud.

Representative Experience

  • Represented audit committee of publicly traded oil and gas company in connection with internal investigation related to whistleblower claims into accounting irregularities
  • Represented national charter school in connection with internal investigation related to attendance fraud

  • Served as first chair in a four-day jury trial alleging tortious acts against corporation and its executives in the cosmetology industry, obtaining six-figure compensation for client
  • Represented the Trustee in In re Life Partners Holdings, Inc., handling asset seizures and liquidation, and third-party litigation to maximize the value of the debtor’s estate
  • Represented the court-appointed receiver in a receivership on an SEC enforcement action related to fraud and Ponzi-scheme activity, handling asset seizures and liquidation, investor claims and distributions, and third-party litigation to maximize the value of the Receivership Estate
  • Represented a global security and aerospace company in a case involving claims of breach of contract and violations of federal regulations
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in defense of a nationwide consumer class action alleging fraud
  • Tried lawsuit on behalf of corporations alleging breach of contract and fraud against contractual parties, obtaining favorable judgment
  • Represented member of Grammy-award winning musical group in trademark infringement lawsuit against group members in federal court

  • Represented Chief Financial Officer of NASDAQ-listed company against 10b-5 class action suit alleging violations of federal securities laws related to public filings, obtaining dismissal of the securities class action
  • Represented employees of national bank in criminal fraud prosecution brought by the DOJ
  • Defended private oil and gas company in an investigation by the DHS and prosecution by the DOJ alleging illegal harboring of undocumented persons
  • Defended a former officer of a dietary-supplement distribution company in a criminal fraud and misbranding prosecution brought by the DOJ
  • Defended president of an oil and gas brokerage firm in wire fraud prosecution brought by the DOJ
  • Represented former executive of software and technology company in connection with a grand jury subpoena related to a fraud investigation by the DOJ
  • Represented individual in connection with an investigation related to drug distribution and trafficking in a professional sports organization by the DEA and DOJ
  • Defended Chief Financial Officer of NASDAQ-listed company in an SEC accounting and disclosure fraud investigation
  • Defended individual in an insider trading investigation brought by the SEC

Credentials

Education
  • Texas Tech University, B.B.A.
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D.
  • Texas Tech University, MBA
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas, African American Lawyers Section, Council Member
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder Program, Pathfinder, 2020
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Associate, 2018-2019
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class, 2018-2019
  • Contributing Editor, TADC Products Liability Newsletter, 2017-2018
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
    • Equal Access to Justice Committee 2019-2020
    • Trial Skills Boot Camp Committee 2019-2020
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Allied Dallas Bars Standing Committee on Equality 2021
  • American Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Dallas Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar Ones to Watch, 2021, 2022
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Black Lawyers, 2020

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