Rick Houghton

Associate

Rick Houghton represents clients in complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense and investigations.  Before joining Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, Mr. Houghton clerked for the Honorable Gregg J. Costa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Mr. Houghton received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he earned the Joseph H. Beale Prize for excellence in Conflict of Laws and a Dean Scholar Prize for excellence in Property.  He was also the Executive Submissions Editor of the Harvard Business Law Review and a board member of the Harvard Association of Law and Business.

Mr. Houghton is an honor graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to the University of Oxford, where he received a Master of Studies in History.  Mr. Houghton served as a U.S. Army Officer for six years in a variety of domestic and overseas assignments, including as the commander of an Air Defense Artillery training battery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  

Mr. Houghton is an active member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association.  He was selected for the organization's Leadership Academy in 2018 and as a Houston Young Lawyers Foundation Fellow in 2020.

Admissions:
State Bar of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Organizations:
Houston Young Lawyers Association, Leadership Academy Committee, 2020-2021
Leadership Academy Member, 2018-2019
Houston Young Lawyers Foundation Fellow, 2020-2021

United States Military Academy
B.S., U.S. History, Honor Graduate, 2009

University of Oxford
M.St., U.S. History, 2010

Harvard Law School
J.D., cum laude, 2018
Joseph H. Beale Prize winner

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2018-2019

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Gregg J. Costa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2019-2020

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