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Practice areas:

Oil and gas

Annually selected by his peers as one of Texas’ Super Lawyers since 2005, Mr. Veselka has tried sixty or more jury trials to verdict and briefed or argued a similar number of appeals before the Texas Supreme Court, various Texas Courts of Appeals, the Wyoming Supreme Court, and various U.S. Courts of Appeals. 

  • In 2018-19 Mr. Veselka successfully defended an arbitration brought by a former lessor against a Denver oil and gas producer over the former lessor’s claim to over $100 million in damages from the producer’s $2.5 billion sale of Permian Basin assets, including that lease. The matter was completed from start to finish in sixteen months. 
  • He has in the last few years twice been brought in to take over oil and gas cases in the Permian Basin after adverse interlocutory rulings. He got brought in against Apache Corporation for family businesses in Montana and Texas in 2017 and resolved the matter successfully the week before trial in August 2019. The other matter, a dispute between a producer and a gas processor claiming the producer’s prolific production was dedicated to the gas processor, settled favorably in December 2016. 
  • In the fall of 2017, he tried a regulatory matter before the Texas Railroad Commission for a unit of Tokyo Gas America Ltd. over claims of discrimination by its gatherer/processor between the different co-owners in the same wells. 
  • He also handled two election cases arising out of the November 2019 elections in Harris County; winning an election contest at trial in January 2020 and representing a successful candidate for district judge in another matter that resulted in the Court’s granting his client’s summary judgment motion. 

Mr. Veselka has handled matters in courts and administrative agencies throughout Texas, as well as in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Washington, D.C. Mr. Veselka successfully obtained a take-nothing judgment in favor of his client after adverse jury findings in a $1.4 billion verdict. He successfully defended the Special Committee of a public company board considering a “go-private” offer from the company CEO. In addition to the complex civil cases in his practice over the last 38 years, Mr. Veselka has handled white-collar criminal matters at all stages. He is presently representing clients in an ongoing FCPA investigation. He represented the former chairman of a global company in an FCPA prosecution pertaining to construction contracts for LNG facilities in Nigeria that resulted in numerous felony convictions and fines or restitution of more than $1.6 billion by other parties. 


Last updated Aug 2020