It's time to hire the top litigation boutique in Houston.

Our elite trial lawyers practice at the highest level of complex civil litigation and excel in high-profile white-collar matters.

We Are Different -- And We Are Better

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP (“SKV”) is a diverse and growing litigation boutique based in Houston, Texas with nationally recognized civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense practices. 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. Most 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 but when we do, with our experience and talent, we are ready to meet it head on.
Our Team Our Practice

“They are the high-horsepower team that you need when you have bet-the-business litigation.”

- Chambers USA

“They were superb. Thanks to them, the truth finally won out, and I have my name back.”

- Mr. Robert Kaluza, Client

“Litigation Department of the Year”

- Texas Lawyer

“I was blessed to have wise counsel from a dynamic legal team whom I affectionately refer to as ‘Gladiators in Suits.”

- Tex. Rep. Dawnna Dukes, following dismissal of all charges against her

“Top 10 Litigation Boutique in the U.S.”

- Benchmark Litigation

What we do.

We go to trial. We arbitrate. We mediate. We handle appeals. And we do so in jurisdictions across the country.



Appellate experience, persuasive oral argument and excellent briefs win appeals. SKV delivers all three.


SKV’s lawyers have won arbitrations for clients in just about every industry imaginable, and in disputes.

Class Actions / Multi-party Litigation

Multi-party litigation combines high complexity with high risk. SKV has the record of success you need.

Commercial Disputes

Your toughest cases are SKV’s passion and priority.

Energy and Oil & Gas

Energy is big business in Texas. SKV has you covered.


The Gulf Coast brings environmental challenges, but SKV has you covered in civil and criminal disputes.


Near the Texas Medical Center, SKV has long handled healthcare providers’ most challenging cases.


SKV has long represented insureds in their most challenging, high-risk matters.

Intellectual Property

SKV's lawyers have had great success in high-profile intellectual property cases in state and federal courts across the country.

Labor & Employment

SKV’s depth in commercial and white collar allows us to handle complex employment matters.

Qui Tam

Qui tam cases are often complicated and time-consuming. You need experienced counsel like SKV.


Since its founding, SKV has been a part of some of Houston’s biggest securities-related actions.

Trustee-Related Actions

SKV has successfully brought actions on behalf of and defended against actions by bankruptcy trustees.

White Collar

SKV’s white-collar lawyers have played major roles in the country’s most significant white-collar cases.

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SKV was founded over 25 years ago by "BigLaw" partners who wanted to create a better law firm based on collegiality, diversity, and providing outstanding opportunities for younger lawyers. Learn more about SKV below.
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