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Craig Smyser

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP - Houston

Craig Smyser - Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP
  • Bank of America Center
  • Houston, Texas, USA
  • TX 77002

Profile submitted by Craig Smyser

Practice Areas

Trials, arbitrations, and appeals.

Professional Memberships

American Law Institute; International Society of Barristers; American Board of Trial Advocates, former Houston chair; Chair, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Attorney Admissions Committee, 2016-present. Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Partner, Vinson & Elkins, 1987-1995; founding partner Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP, 1995-present. Sample of Major Representations: Enron CFO Andrew Fastow (Enron Securities Class Action); YUKOS International (dispute with the Russian government over nationalization of Yukos); Schlumberger Limited and Schlumberger Technology Corp. (Trade Secret Litigation); Black Elk Litigation Trustee (Recovery of fraudulently transferred amounts in excess of $100 million).


"Texas Contract Law", West Publishing, 2005 (co-author).


University of Texas, B.A. cum laude in Plan II Honors, phi beta kappa. UT Law School, Texas Law Review; Outstanding Advocate, 1980 class.