Crystal Robles

Partner

Crystal Robles focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation disputes, with recent experience in the healthcare, oil and gas, and financial services industries.  She also has experience in managing various aspects of complex multi-district litigation.

Ms. Robles has achieved victory for her clients in state and federal court, securing dismissals, summary judgments, and negotiating favorable resolutions for both defendants and plaintiffs alike. She appreciates the importance of securing favorable rulings early in a matter.  She aggressively pursues and obtains dismissal of claims that give her clients a strategic advantage—or end litigation entirely.

Ms. Robles received her B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University in 2009 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2012.  While in law school, Ms. Robles did extensive clinical work in the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy and Immigrant Legal Services Clinics, contributing to significant victories for civil rights plaintiffs in federal court, for clients in immigration proceedings, and for asylees seeking family reunification. 

After law school, she practiced in the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins LLP.  She clerked for the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2014-2015. Ms. Robles joined SKV in 2015. 

Representative Matters

Current representation of pharmaceutical company in multidistrict tort litigation.

Won summary judgment in federal court for a healthcare company against an insurer who wrongfully denied D&O coverage.

Won summary judgment for a healthcare company accused of tortiously interfering with  a physician’s contract.

Obtained multi-million dollar settlement for a manufacturer in the oil and gas industry whose trade secret formula had been misappropriated by a supplier.

Successfully represented mineral interest owner in contract dispute with gas processing plant. 

Successfully represented mineral interest owner in dispute over right of first refusal. 

Assisted in obtaining multi-million dollar settlement for technology company whose trade secrets had been misappropriated by a former employee and his new employer.

Obtained favorable settlement of §1983 claims for pro bono client who suffered injuries in Harris County jail.

Admissions:
State Bar of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Organizations:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America – Big Sister

New York University
B.A., magna cum laude, Politics and History
2009

Yale Law School
J.D., 2012

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
2014-2015

Associate
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
2012-2014

Associate
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
2015-2019

Partner
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
2020-Present