Jennifer Caughey


Ms. Caughey maintains a general civil litigation practice, representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts. Her practice focuses on business litigation and includes cases involving breach of contract, negligence, fraud, professional liability, administrative law, trademark infringement, tortious interference, insurance, health care litigation, and securities.

Ms. Caughey’s litigation experience has been both successful and diverse.  Ms. Caughey strongly believes that her range of experience makes her a better lawyer — both at trial and on appeal.  She cares deeply about her clients and works extremely hard to obtain the best possible results.  Her powerful combination of education, experience, and dedication makes her unique. 

Ms. Caughey graduated phi beta kappa from Princeton University, with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard, Ms. Caughey served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, served on the Board of Student Advisors, and taught legal research and writing to first-year law students.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Caughey served as law clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and also to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Before joining Smyser, Kaplan & Veselka, Ms. Caughey practiced at Baker Botts in Houston, Texas, and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C.


Represented Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility company in complex administrative appeal. Case settled favorably.

Breach of Contract

Represented major insurer over multiple years in $100+ million breach of contract disputes in federal court. Claims resolved successfully after appeal to the Fourth Circuit.

Represented foreign plaintiff in state court case involving breach of licensing agreement, trademark infringement, and tortious interference, among other claims. Case settled favorably.

Advised insurer on how to avoid multimillion dollar civil claims.

Professional Liability

Defended accounting firm against fraud, negligence, and breach of contract claims in state court. Successfully eliminated certain claims totaling $247 million.

Additonal Representative Matters

Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, 2015-present

Bar Admissions:
Texas (2012)
New York (2008)
District of Columbia (2010)

Court Admissions:
United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas


Princeton University
A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, 2004
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Shapiro Prize 

Harvard Law School
J.D., 2007 
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Executive Editor
Board of Student Advisers
Legal Research and Writing Instructor

Law Clerk 
to the Hon. Robert Cordy
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Timothy M. Tymkovich
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Of Counsel
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
2014 - Present

Baker Botts
Houston, Texas
2012 - 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Washington, D.C.
2009 - 2011

Super Lawyer Tomson Reuters


Caughey Rising Star