Smyser Kaplan & Veselka


Head Office Address:
717 Texas Avenue, Suite 2800
Houston, TX 77002
United States (National)

Telephone:+1 713 221 2300
Fax:+1 713 221 2320

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Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP (“SKV”) is a diverse and growing litigation boutique based in Houston, Texas, with an office in New Orleans, with nationally-recognized civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense practices. 

With its Houston roots, SKV has tried and won numerous energy cases over the years. But our practice is broader than that. We handle civil matters of all sorts, including intellectual property, healthcare, bankruptcy, and general commercial cases. We also have a flourishing white-collar practice, with a third of our attorneys specializing in the area. Our work spans all stages of a case and types of forums. We negotiate favorable resolutions to disputes before they go to court. We go to trial. We arbitrate. We mediate. We handle appeals. And we do so in jurisdictions across the country.

While building our firm, we’ve stayed true to a single principle: People drive success. That’s why we’ve put together a first-class team. The vast majority of our lawyers began their careers as law clerks, and since then, they’ve seen just about everything. So it’s a rare day when we confront a legal issue for the first time. 

Experience, though, is just one piston in the engine that powers our firm. Another is our junior attorneys’ vigor. We hire promising young lawyers out of clerkships or early in their careers, and we treat them as future partners. That means they take depositions, draft dispositive motions and appellate merits briefs, and present oral arguments. The results speak for themselves: our associates provide terrific outcomes for our clients.

But all of the individual talent in the world is useless without cohesion. We understand that, too, which is why we’ve fostered a family atmosphere. We’re not only colleagues; we’re friends. 

As SKV has grown, we’ve developed into one of the nation’s premiere litigation boutiques, and our commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. In recent years, SKV has been named:

  • The “Best Litigation Firm in Texas” (Benchmark Litigation)
  • One of the “10 Best Litigation Boutiques in the United States” (Benchmark Litigation)
  • The Small Firm Litigation Department of the Year for 2019 (Texas Lawyer)
  • A “Top 150 Under 150” firm for 2021 (Vault)

SKV has also topped Vault’s national rankings for midsize firms, placing #1 for quality of work for associates, #2 for hours, #2 for culture, #4 for compensation, and #5 for career outlook. 

Racking up awards has never been our goal, but we appreciate the high praise. What matters most is delivering exceptional results for our clients while maintaining the family-like culture that brought us together in the first place. And as these decorations suggest, over the past 25 plus years, we’ve done just that.


Updated Oct 2021