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Payton Roberts

Payton Roberts

Payton Roberts is a litigator representing clients in criminal defense, white collar defense, antitrust, and securities law defense. He also works on internal and government investigations and advises clients in matters related to digital assets.

During law school Payton interned for Judge Patrick R. Wyrick in the Western District of Oklahoma and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.

Prior to law school, Payton served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in service, he served as a Platoon Commander and Training Officer with First Law Enforcement Battalion. In 2017, Payton deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Payton was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Before joining the Marine Corps, Payton served on the official staff of the Honorable Kevin Brady out of the 8th Congressional District of Texas.

Payton received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M, Payton's primary role was the Founder/Executive Director of FREE, a student organization aimed at getting students involved in the fight against human trafficking.

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  • Advised digital asset company on asserting interest in debtor’s criminal forfeiture proceeding.
  • Counseled software company on voluntary SEC interview related to cybersecurity breach.
  • Advised a petroleum company regarding potential antitrust liability related to the gathering of competitive intelligence.
  • Challenged SEC on denial of whistleblower claim to Fifth Circuit.
  • Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • "Can A DAO Be Sued? SDNY Case May Hold The Answer," co-author, Law360, March 7, 2024.
  • “Winning the Digital Asset Frontier: Insights from Recent Trends in SEC Enforcement, Tokenization, and Intellectual Property,” co-panelist, North American Blockchain Summit, November 15, 2023.
  • "5th Circ. Ruling Shows Need For Proffer Terms Negotiation," co-author, Law360, October 18, 2023.
  • "What to do about business-related text and WhatsApp messages," co-author, Compliance Cosmos, October 2023.
  • “Why Celebrities are Ensnared in SEC Crypto-Touting Actions,” co-author, Law360, March 1, 2023.


J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2022, with honors; Research Editor, Oklahoma Law Review

B.S., Leadership Studies, Texas A&M University, 2013


Intern to the Honorable Patrick R. Wyrick, U.S. District Court of the Western District of Oklahoma, 2020



Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Frankle, Lorch and Roberts in Law360: Can A DAO Be Sued? SDNY Case May Hold The Answer
March 07, 2024

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Matthew Frankle and Associates Austin Lorch and Payton Roberts authored an article for Law360 exploring if a decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO, can be sued in federal court. Read an excerpt below: Can a decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO, be sued in federal court? MakerDAO does not think so. True Return Systems LLC v. MakerDAO, pending in the U. [...]