TREK DOYLE | PARTNER
His clients and colleagues know, Trek sends more e-mails before 5:00 a.m. than some lawyers send all day. The coffee maker can barely keep up.
Trek has successfully litigated personal injury and commercial cases for 25+ years since he graduated from University of Texas School of Law with honors. Trek has represented individuals as well as national retailers, insurers, major domestic and foreign automobile, tire and other product manufacturers. Years ago, Trek even represented citizens of this great country who had been falsely accused of criminal acts (but now that generally only happens when the federal court “asks”).
Trek's current clients include Fortune 100 retailers and he has developed sophisticated strategies for handling personal injury claims filed by employees of companies who do not subscribe (i.e., "nonsubscribers") to Texas workers' compensation. Trek regularly advises employers on the interpretation of occupational plans and defends ERISA and other employment-related discrimination claims.
Prior to founding Doyle & Seelbach PLLC, Trek worked as a litigation partner at Winstead PC, one of the largest law firms in Texas. Prior to that Trek worked in the product liability section of Clark, Thomas & Winters.
Representation of companies in personal injury disputes, including general liability and employee injury claims filed against employers who do not subscribe to the Texas workers’ compensation scheme
Representation of employers in ERISA and traditional labor and employment-related claims
Representation of product manufacturers in product liability claims
Representation of developers and property owners in land use litigation and constitutional claims brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Representation of parties in business and commercial litigation
Trek attended law school more than a quarter century ago at the University of Texas in Austin. While there, Trek served as an editor on the American Journal of Criminal Law. To gain practical skills, Trek participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic as well as the Mental Health Clinic. In the Mental Health Clinic, Trek was honored to represent self-proclaimed “Al Capone” and the “Emperor of Saturn.” Both experiences gave him a deeper understanding of what it truly means to represent a client. Trek graduated with honors in 1994.
Prior to law school, Trek attended the University of Texas in the colorful eighties. He graduated with high honors in 1989. In between his undergraduate days and law school, Trek lived in Japan and taught English as part of Japan’s JET program.
Trek grew up in San Antonio, Texas where graduated from John Marshall High School. Unfortunately, Trek caused a car wreck when he was sixteen (thankfully, no one was seriously injured) and got deposed by a well-known San Antonio area plaintiff’s lawyer on his seventeenth birthday. The case went all the way to the eve of trial before it settled. Trek figured out then that his lawyer was thoroughly unprepared and did not even know the identity of key fact witnesses. From that moment, Trek was destined to become a lawyer.
Trek lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Kristen. Their son, Cason, studies acting at Fordham University in New York City. Trek used to pride himself on keeping in shape and finished numerous endurance events including a marathon, a century ride, and a half-iron triathlon to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Then in 2015, Trek opened his own law firm with Karl Seelbach. Now, Trek practices law more than ever and walks his three willful but wonderful dogs.
University of Texas School of Law
J.D., 1994, honors
Order of the Coif
Notes Editor, American Journal of Criminal Law
Criminal Defense Clinic
Mental Health Clinic
University of Texas
B.A., 1985 with high honors
Liberal arts “undecided” (for longer than was appropriate)
Awards & Recognition
Texas Rising Star (years ago)
Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
Publications and Speaking Engagements
A Commitment to Employee Care - Aligned, Balanced and Connected, 18th Annual PartnerSource Employer’s Conference, October 25, 2018
Legal Panel: Focus on Texas Nonsubscription, Texas Alliance of Nonsubscribers, Annual Meeting, May 2, 2018
Defining the Employer's Duty to Train; Texas Alliance of Nonsubscribers – Capitol Update; November 30, 2016
Investigation and Evaluation of Liability in Nonsubscriber Claims; York Risk Services Group Training, 2016
Flip Side Of Texas High Court's Austin v. Kroger Decision; Law 360, September 2, 2015
Texas Supreme Court Further Limits Slip-and-Fall Liability For Premises Owners and Employers; Law 360, June 2015
Putting Texas Premises Liability Law In Perspective; Law 360, 2015
Legal Considerations for Nonsubscriber Lifting Injury & Premises Liability Claims; TXANS 24th Annual Conference, 2014
Professional, Charitable and Community Organizations
Wonders & Worries, Board President, Vice President, and Member 2007-2016
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, fundraising through Team in Training (2006 San Diego Marathon, 2008 Tahoe Century Ride, 2010 Fredericksburg three-day ride, 2013 Kerrville Half-Iron Triathlon)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
Texas State Courts