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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

Mr. Smyser tries civil lawsuits, usually cases that involve complex commercial disputes of all types, in state and federal courts. He also appeals cases to courts at all levels of the state and federal systems, including the United States Supreme Court. Trials, international and domestic arbitrations, and appeals. Business, energy, and medical industry disputes; breach of contract, trade secrets, and intellectual property disputes; representation of bankruptcy trustees; securities fraud class actions, executive-company employment disputes, high net-worth individual trust and family disputes, legal and medical malpractice claims, individual and mass toxic tort claims, and defamation actions.  

Professional Memberships

Member, American Law Institute; Chair, Attorney Admissions Committee for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Past President, Houston Chapter American Board of Trial Advocates. International Society of Barristers. Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Texas; Houston, Texas and American Bar Associations; Texas, Houston and American Bar Foundations, Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  


Founding Partner Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P., 1995-present; Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P., Partner 1988-1995, associate 1980-1987; Houston Chronicle, Political Editor, 1975-77; reporter 1973-77.  


"Texas Contract Law", West Publishing, 2005 (co-author); "Protecting the Public Debate: A Proposed Constitutional Privilege of Accurate Republication", Texas Law Review, 1980.  


University of Texas Law School, JD, 1980, Texas Law Review, Chair, Board of Advocates, Outstanding Advocate, 1980 Class; B.A., with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Texas (1973). Married to Kathryn Smyser; daughters Claire Smyser Campbell, Georgiana Zehner, and son James Craig.