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Saba F. Syed
Biography

Syed is a senior associate in the firm’s Litigation and Appellate practice areas. She routinely represents companies and high-net-worth individuals in complex commercial litigation matters in a variety of practice areas, including securities, business torts, patent and trademark disputes, partnership disputes, and real estate litigation. She is experienced in a variety of arbitration venues, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and has represented consumers and financial advisors in financial disputes. Saba also assists clients in the live events and hospitality industries, including representation in litigation matters, assisting with trademark issues, and providing industry-specific legal counsel. Named to The Best Lawyers in America’s “Ones to Watch” list for 2021, and awarded the Dallas Bar Association’s Outstanding Minority Attorney Award in 2019, this is her first selection to the “Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas” list.


Saba’s representative matters include:

  • Served on federal court jury trial team for a patent infringement lawsuit involving downhole tube separators and helped secure a “no-infringement” verdict in favor of the firm’s client.
  • Secured summary judgment on behalf of manufacturer for pre-fabricated construction solutions in age-discrimination lawsuit, which was later affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Served as lead associate for trial team in obtaining take-nothing defense verdict in a federal jury trial on behalf of international grain exporter on claim of fraudulent inducement. The jury returned the take-nothing defense verdict in less than 10 minutes of deliberation. 
  • Argued motion to exclude and strike economist expert opinion in federal age discrimination lawsuit, obtaining a ruling to strike almost $1,000,000 in damages from the economist’s opinion.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court, resulting in full dismissal of age discrimination lawsuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of commercial landlord real estate investment trust in acceleration of lease case, successfully defended summary judgment on appeal.
  • Obtained summary judgment at oral argument in favor of national hair restoration company, resulting in complete dismissal of Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims
  • Obtained turnover order and defending turnover order at oral argument on appeal
  • Successfully represented publicly-traded real estate investment trust in bad faith security deposit retention claim, resulting in full dismissal of lawsuit
  • Obtained favorable settlement for vehicle supplier involving Texas Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, after obtaining several favorable rulings at pre-trial oral argument hearings
  • Secured favorable settlement in contentious will contest dispute
  • Represented employers in various industries, including interior construction design and commercial retailers, in employment discrimination matters under Title VII and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act
  • Served as lead counsel for dozens of garnishments across Texas, and successfully defended garnishments at oral argument in motions to dissolve writ of garnishment hearings

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Baylor Law School, 2013
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Texas at Austin, 2009

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Noteworthy
  • Named to D Magazine's "Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas" List, 2021
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" List, 2021
  • Selected by attorney peers as a Texas Rising Star®, Thomson Reuters, 2020
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • 2019 Outstanding Minority Attorney Award by the Dallas Bar Association
  • 2017 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinders Program
  • Named a “Top Attorney” in 2014 and 2015 by Fort Worth, Texas magazine
  • Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition (2012) – Champion and Best Brief
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Baylor Law Review, Executive Editor
Activities & Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas Asian Pacific Interest Section, Secretary
  • DBA Continuing Legal Education Committee, Vice Co-Chair
    • Committee Awarded the 2020 Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award by the Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers' 2020 Leadership Class
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Judiciary Committee, Co-Chair
    • Committee Awarded the 2020 Outstanding Committee Award by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • DBA CLE Committee, Co-Vice Chair
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Legal Council on Legal Diversity, Mentor
  • Meetings Professional International, DFW Chapter, Member
  • Baylor Alumni Association
Publications
Presentations
  • 2020: "Diversity Leads: The Role of Intersectionality in DE&I Efforts in the Legal Profession," American Bar Association Litigation Section, December 15, 2020.
  • 2020: "Spotting the Red Flags: How to Protect Your Company from PPP Fraud Prosecution," Dallas Bar Association, December 9, 2020.
  • 2020: "Legal Issues Impacting the Live Event and Entertainment Industries in the Wake of COVID-19," State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Dallas Bar Association and Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.
  • 2020: "Ending Rambo Litigation - Embracing an Age of Civility," Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, January 15, 2020. 
  • 2019: "Young Lawyer’s Guide to Speaking and Listening Across Gender Lines," Tarrant County Young Lawyers, March 19, 2019.
  • 2019: "Speaking and Listening Across Gender Lines," Baylor Law School, December 4, 2019.
  • 2018: "Speaking and Listening Across Gender Lines," Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas Annual Conference, April 27, 2018.