Tyler Whitmer is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Washington, D.C. office. He joined the firm in 2006, and has since practiced at various times from the Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. offices. Tyler has diverse experience across all aspects of complex commercial litigation, ranging from breach of contract cases to high-stakes intellectual property disputes. He has extensive experience in finance-related litigation, including disputes grounded in bankruptcies and restructurings, as well as litigation concerning structured financial products, real estate finance, the Uniform Commercial Code as applied in the financial markets, and a myriad other disputes for financial sector clients.
Tyler has tried cases in state and federal court, before both juries and judges, for clients ranging from a regional printing company to the official creditors committee for the debtor in the largest bankruptcy in the history of the United States. He recently tried a week-long case in the Commercial Division in New York state court for KKR, pushing counterclaims through trial after achieving dismissal of all claims against his client, generating new law on the application of the UCC to non-judicial auctions of collateral in New York.
Tyler’s practice is not limited to finance-related cases. He currently represents Standard Industries in multiple litigations concerning environmental liabilities related to a former chemicals manufacturing facility in New Jersey, and he recently defended a Fortune 500 client in a confidential arbitration concerning alleged violations of usage provisions in an enterprise software licensing arrangement.
Tyler has also been instrumental in Quinn Emanuel’s horizon practices focused on emerging industries from crypto to cannabis, including representing companies and executives in corporate governance disputes concerning cannabis enterprises publicly traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange.
- Standard Industries
- Anheuser Busch-InBev
- The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.
- The Federal Housing Finance Agency
- Representing KKR in state court litigation in New York, succeeding in getting all claims against KKR dismissed and pursuing counterclaims through trial.
- Representing Standard Industries in litigation concerning environmental liabilities related to a closed chemicals manufacturing facility in New Jersey.
- Representing the founders of MedMen in a dispute with an early investor.
- Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. in litigation against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., seeking return of $8.6 billion of cash and cash-equivalent collateral and seeking damages related to the largest liquidation of securities collateral in U.S. history.
- Represented the Federal Housing Finance Agency in litigation against Merrill Lynch, resulting in a settlement worth $9.3 billion, and continuing to represent the Agency in other pending matters against large financial institutions.
- Represented a leading mutual fund in a $40 million action against Citibank brought under the Pennsylvania Securities Act relating to Enron credit-linked notes, resulting in a favorable settlement.
- Represented hedge funds in litigation on bonds of defunct mining company purchased in the distressed debt market.
- Represented large software and consulting corporation in litigation against contractor resulting in favorable settlement.
- Represented Activision against right of publicity and related claims over videogame content.
- University of Texas School of Law
J.D. with high honors, 2006)
- Order of the Coif
- University of Texas
(B.A., Liberal Arts, Plan II Honors, 2002)
(B.A., Theatre and Dance--Acting Concentration, 2002)
- Phi Beta Kappa
- The State Bar of California
- The State Bar of New York
- The State Bar of Texas
- The District of Columbia Bar
- United States District Court:
- Southern District of New York
- Central District of California
- Northern District of California