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Houston, Texas 77002

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Local Litigation Star



Practice areas:

Personal injury

Craig Smyser tries and appeals a broad range of complex business and personal injury cases. 

  • Mr. Smyser has tried more than 50 cases to a jury verdict, with trials in both state and federal courts. 
  • Mr. Smyser has arbitrated dozens of cases, domestic and international. 

Mr. Smyser’s Current Representations Include: 

  • McKesson Corporation-Lead Counsel, Texas MDL opioid litigation; liaison counsel for Distributor Defendants’ group. 
  • BNSF Railway Co. as plaintiff in arbitration with an integrated retail and power generation company. 
  • Venator Materials PLC – counsel in multiple Securities Class Action cases under Securities and Exchange Act in Texas and New York, state and federal courts. 
  • Warburg Pincus – counsel in state court actions arising out of pipeline explosion. 
  • American National Insurance Company – lead counsel in state court involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty. 
  • Schlumberger Technology Corp – counsel in intellectual property dispute in federal court in the Southern District of Texas. 
  • Black Elk Litigation Trustee as plaintiff in multiple lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions to recover, among other damages, more than $100 million fraudulently transferred to Platinum Partners and others. 

Mr. Smyser has been lead counsel in some of Houston’s – and the nation’s -- largest, most important, and heavily publicized matters. 

Lead counsel for former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow in more than 100 civil cases around the country. In re ENRON COPORATION SECURITIES LITIGATION; MDL 1446, Mark Newby, et al v. Enron Corp, et al., C.A. No. H-01-3624, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division and other matters. 

Lead counsel for Yukos International UK B.V., the international arm of the former Russian oil company, Yukos Oil, dismantled by the Russian Government after Yukos’ CEO Mikhail Khodorovsky became a political opponent of Vladimir Putin, in various matters in the United States. In re Yukos International UK B.V.; David Godfrey v. Lewis M. Linn, Civ. Action No. H-07-26, and other matters. 

Lead trial counsel for Schlumberger Technology Corp in action against former in-house counsel for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, misuse of confidential information, and breach of fiduciary duty. Schlumberger Limited et al v. Rutherford, 472 S.W.3d 881 (Tex.App.—Houston [1st Dist.] 2015). 


Last updated Aug 2020