Smyser Kaplan is a small litigation boutique of less than 30 attorneys with a list of big-name clients that come to them for their expertise in litigating (and arbitrating) commercial disputes, white collar, energy, IP, healthcare and securities matters. Founded in 1995, the firm is home to a friendly yet focused culture that it has fostered since its inception. Headquartered in Houston, TX, with a second office in New Orleans, LA, the firm is highly engaged with its hometown.
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Smyser Kaplan is looking for motivated attorneys—preferably with a federal clerkship under their belt—who will fit well into the small firm’s dynamic. The day-to-day environment is social, with regular lunches to talk shop and weekly happy hours, ensuring strong connections between all attorneys. Partners and associates work well together, often in small teams, and associates are valued members of those teams. Mentoring and feedback are generally informal, given frequently and as needed, and associates feel well prepared to represent clients. As a litigation firm, associate workflow often fluctuates, but work is evenly distributed, and the firm has no formal billable-hour requirement. The work is considered high-quality, with associates working directly on cases set for trial or a...
Founded in 1995 in Houston, Texas, Smyser Kaplan & Veselka is a litigation boutique with just under 30 attorneys. The firm’s practice includes commercial disputes, white collar, energy, intellectual property, healthcare, and securities. The firm is known for litigating high-profile matters to trial but also skillfully steers cases to arbitration when necessary. Among Smyser’s clients are Shell Oil Company, Michael’s Organization, Celotex, Visa, Quantlab Financial LLC, BNSF Railway Company, and BHP Billiton Petroleum.
While Smyser Kaplan’s ranks may be small, its litigation chops are mighty. Stacked with a team of career trial lawyers and former law clerks, the firm is no stranger to high-stakes cases. It boasts a bustling white collar practice, including such pa...