HOUSTON, Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P., a Houston-based litigation boutique ("SKV"), has been named Texas Firm of the Year for 2015 by Benchmark Litigation U.S. The award honors litigation firms in each state based on the significance of their representations, including precedent-setting verdicts and notable monetary awards for clients.
"We are thrilled and delighted to be Firm of the Year," said Craig Smyser, one of the founding partners of the firm. "This award affirms SKV's hard-earned reputation as the competitive, aggressive go-to law firm in high-value, high-risk cases."
Marquee cases that helped secure the award for the firm include the high-profile trade secrets case Quantlab Technologies et al. v. Godlevsky et al. and Schlumberger Technologies Corp. vs. Rutherford; the patent infringement case WesternGeco v. ION Geophysical et al.; and one of the most significant white collar matters in the country, the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill criminal case United States v. Vidrine et al. All four cases are ongoing.
The Texas Firm of the Year award is just the latest in a string of honors for SKV in 2014—the firm was listed as a top firm by U.S. News & World Report, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers. SKV was named to Benchmark Litigation's shortlist of Texas contenders in December 2014, and outmuscled four larger firms to win the accolade. Benchmark Litigation is the only trade publication to focus exclusively on U.S. litigation.
Smyser, with partners Larry Veselka and Shaun Clarke, attended an awards ceremony in New York City to accept the honor.
"Every partner, counsel, associate and administrative staff member contributed to our winning this award," Smyser said. "We're tremendously proud of our team and their dedication to excellence on behalf of our clients."
SKV represents plaintiffs and defendants from around the globe in high-value cases. Client service, integrity and efficiency are SKV priorities.
SOURCE Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.