Education & Clerkship

  • J.D., Harvard Law School (2016)
  • B.B.A., summa cum laude, Baylor University (2013)
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Reed O’Connor, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2016-17



Austin Kreitz focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense and investigations. Austin is sure to listen to his clients’ goals and concerns to deliver client-focused advice. His goal is to help clients’ resolve their problems whether through litigation, mediation, or any other avenues.

Austin has experience representing clients in trials, appeals, arbitrations, administrative hearings, and investigations. He has argued motions, taken and presented witnesses for depositions, and examined and cross-examined witnesses at trial. 

Before joining Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, Austin served as the Law Fellow for the Special Counsel Unit at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. While there, he worked on high-profile matters for the State of Texas concerning complex civil and constitutional issues. Prior to his work at the Attorney General’s Office, he clerked for Judge Reed O’Connor of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Austin received his B.B.A., summa cum laude, from Baylor University in 2013 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2016. While in law school, he served as Articles Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and interned with the United States Attorney’s Office.

Representative Matters

Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully represented a senior officer in arbitration proceeding against former employer. Secured multi-million dollar judgment.
  • Current representation of bankruptcy trustee in seeking to recover fraudulent transfers.
  • Represented former employee in non-compete lawsuit brought by former employer. Secured favorable settlement.
  • Represented oil-and-gas lessor in suit to quiet title related to lessor’s land. Secured favorable settlement.
  • Represented automobile dealership in termination proceedings brought by vehicle manufacturer.

White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations

  • Represented former traders in investigation conducted by CFTC.
  • Represented client in connection with tax-fraud investigation by IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division with no charges filed.




  • Houston Bar Association
  • Harvard Law School Association
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