SKV Appellate Victory in $162 Million Oil and Gas Dispute.
SKV Partners Ty Doyle and Land Murphy named Chambers "2014 Rising Stars"
Ranked in Chambers USA for litigation nine consecutive years 2006 - 2014.
Larry Veselka and Land Murphy prevailed in the Texas Supreme Court in a closely-watched oil and gas dispute. The Supreme Court kept in place the First Court of Appeals' reversal of a 2011 state court judgment.
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In January 2014, Craig Smyser and Justin Waggoner obtained a complete victory for their client in an ICDR arbitration.
SKV is pleased to announce Ty Doyle has been named Partner effective January 1, 2014
"How to Avoid Lawsuits Over Insurance Negotiations" - from the Houston BizBlog of the Houston Business Journal contributed by SKV Partners Craig Smyser and Jeff Potts
Benchmark 2014 names SKV a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm
SKV Partners Land Murphy and Craig Smyser obtained dismissal of Plaintiff Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.’s misappropriation of trade secrets case against SKV’s client, Drilformance LLC.
Texas Super Lawyers names five SKV Partners as 2013 Texas Super Lawyers!
SKV Partner Lee L. Kaplan named Texas Top 100 Lawyer by 2013 Texas SuperLawyers.
SKV Wins Motion to Transfer Venue of Patent Suit from S.D. Texas to N.D. Illinois
H Texas Magazine again names SKV partners Lee Kaplan and Craig Smyser as "Top Lawyers of Houston"
Craig Smyser named 2013 Benchmark Plaintiff Local Litigation Star.
SKV has won a complete victory for its client Enduring Resources LLC after a bench trial resulting in an award of $4.35 million on Enduring's counterclaim and a take-nothing judgment for plaintiffs.
SKV successfully represented Nabors Industries Ltd. in a shareholder derivative and class action suit.
SKV wins Sept 2011 arbitration panel award.
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P. and Winston & Strawn L.L.P. Obtain No-Liability Verdict for Defendant in Real Estate Fraud Case.
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In January 2014, Craig Smyser and Justin Waggoner obtained a complete victory for their client in an ICDR arbitration. Smyser and Waggoner, along with SKV associate Razvan Ungureanu, represented a leading energy company engaged in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) – related businesses against one of the world's largest integrated energy companies.
Judgment entered in a significant patent infringement case. Lee Kaplan participated in a victory for a Schlumberger affiliate in a patent infringment jury trial involving offshore marine seismic technology. At trial Mr. Kaplan conducted the voir dire examination of the jury and the examination and cross examination of both sides' damage experts. One accused infringer settled during trial for over $75 million. On May 7, 2014, the Court entered a judgment for $123.8 million against ION Geophysical. ION is expected to appeal. Mr. Kaplan is also acting as co-counsel in a separate patent infringement suit on behalf of the client against another accused infringer.
On June 12, 2013, Craig Smyser and Justin Waggoner obtained a jury verdict for their client, Dr. Diana Fite, as a derivative plaintiff in a breach of fiduciary duty and fraud case after a three-week jury trial in the 334th District Court in Harris County.
"He (SKV Partner Lee Kaplan) never lost sight of the endgame. Lee was the one who made sure the case didn't go astray and he coached the situation very well."
- Chambers 2014