SKV Adds Litigation Partner and Former DOJ Prosecutor John Kinchen to Its Team


Smyser Kaplan & Veselka(“SKV”) is pleased to announce that John Kinchen has joined the firm as a partner, effective June 1, 2022.

John will join the firm’s esteemed white collar defense and government investigations practice.

“We are thrilled to welcome John into our partnership, “said Larry Veselka, one of three founding partners at SKV. “His decades of proven excellence and reputation as a trial lawyer, both in the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas and in private practice handling both civil and criminal matters, fit perfectly with our active civil trial dockets and our preeminent white collar and investigations practice.  His presence will add to the luster of SKV for decades to come.”

“I’m excited to join the elite trial team at SKV,” Kinchen said. “Having worked with SKV on several cases throughout the years, I’ve witnessed firsthand their talent in and out of the courtroom. I’m looking forward to helping the firm expand its stellar white collar practice both across Texas and nationally.”

John’s practice includes both high-stakes white-collar criminal matters and complex commercial litigation cases. He sharpened his trial skills as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas, where he successfully prosecuted white collar crime and public corruption.  

Before joining the firm, Kinchen was a partner at Hughes Arrell Kinchen in Houston. John attended Louisiana State University and the University of Texas School of Law. He is licensed to practice in all federal and state forums in Texas.

For more information on John Kinchen and SKV, contact the below.


Kelli Betner

Director of Communications



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