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Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP

Our Survey Says

 VAULT'S VERDICT:

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 arbitration, and partners try to assign associates a variety of matters based on their interests. While salaries are slightly below market, the firm provides a 401K contribution and strong year-end bonuses. The firm makes hiring decisions intending to promote attorneys to equity partner within seven to eight years—meaning partnership is very achievable—and offers counsel positions for those who desire a more defined schedule. The firm’s technology, both in office and remote, is well situated for the attorneys to accomplish daily tasks as well as full Zoom trials. Formal wellness programs are few, but the firm supports attorneys taking time to support their own wellness. Attorneys participate in a range of pro bono cases, and the hours spent on those matters are credited the same as client matters. In addition to recently elevating women of color to partner and the Executive Committee, the firm has focused on diversity in recruiting and supports attorney efforts toward diversity initiatives in the local legal community.

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP

717 Texas Avenue
Suite 2800
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 221-2300

Firm Stats

Administrative Partner: Jarod Stewart
Director of Operations/Firm Administrator: Ginger Cavanaugh
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1 - 50
No. of Partners Named 2023:
3
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2,000

Base Salary

1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year: $305,000
6th year: $330,000
7th year: $350,000

Employment Contact

Ginger Cavanaugh
Director of Operations/Firm Administrator
(713) 221-2322
gcavanaugh@skv.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Houston, TX

Major Departments

General Litigation Appellate
Commercial Disputes
Energy
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Securities
White Collar
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.