Kelley Keller

Counsel

Ms. Keller has enjoyed a varied civil litigation practice, representing clients involved in disputes ranging from premises and products liability defense, to commercial issues, securities and commodities litigation, antitrust actions, class actions, derivative litigation, and trademark infringement. She has practiced extensively in both state and federal courts and has tried cases to verdicts in both court systems.  Before joining SKV, Ms. Keller practiced at the international law firms of Skadden Arps and Vinson & Elkins.

Representative Matters

Obtained a favorable opinion from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an action to enjoin trademark infringement. Pennzoil-Quaker State Co. v. Miller Oil & Gas Operations, 779 F.3d 290 (5th Cir. 2015).

Obtained order affirming summary judgment granted in a products case after exclusion of the plaintiffs’ tire expert. Jones v. Pennzoil-Quaker State, Co., No. 14-10-00703-CV, 2011 Tex. App. LEXIS 7423 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Sept. 13, 2011).

Obtained a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff in an action arising from the sale of a business.

Obtained a jury verdict in favor of an individual defendant in a securities fraud action.

Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a corporation in a breach of contract action.

Defended a physicians’ practice group in a whistle-blower action in which the jury returned a verdict in favor of the group.

Obtained a dismissal on behalf of an energy company in a federal court suit in which plaintiffs alleged price manipulation under the Commodity Exchange Act.  In re Energy Transfer Ptnrs. Natural Gas Litig., 4:07-cv-3349, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75859 (S.D. Tex. Aug. 26, 2009).

Peer Rated “AV – Preeminent” and 5.0/5.0 peer review rating for “Highest Level of Professional Excellence” and “High Ethical Standing” by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory.

Admissions:
State Bar of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court 
U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals 
U.S. District Court of Texas, all four districts as well as Bankruptcy Court Southern District

Affiliations:
Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)

Presentations and Publications:
CLE Author/Presenter, “Preparing Your Damages Case/Defense,” Texas Lawyer In-House Counsel Summit, 2013, 2015
CLE Author/Presenter, “Non-Competition Agreements,” Texas Lawyer In-House Counsel Summit, October, 2015
CLE Author/Presenter, “When You Lose: A Game Plan,” 2015 Trial Skills Training Camp, The University of Texas School of Law, Continuing Legal Education (Houston)
Author, “Insured Versus Insured Exclusions,” ABA Tips, Summer 2015

Education

Texas A&M University
B.A., Journalism, 1985

University of Houston Law
J.D., 1989

Experience

Counsel
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
2019 – Present

Senior Counsel
Weinstein Tippetts & Little, LLP
2016 – 2019

Partner
Ellison & Keller, P.C.
2009 – 2016

Associate
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP
2003 – 2009

Associate
Vinson & Elkins, LLP
2000 – 2003

Associate
Cunningham, Darlow, Zook & Chapoton LLP
1998 – 2000

Staff Attorney
Susman Godfrey LLP
1995  – 1998

Associate
Shrader, York, Clote, Hinds & Grote, PC
1989 - 1995