Samantha Jarvis


Samantha “Sam” Jarvis focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar defense and investigations.  Prior to joining Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, Ms. Jarvis clerked for the Honorable Gregg Costa on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2014-2015. 

Ms. Jarvis graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 2014 with honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif.  During law school, she was selected as one of four students for a prestigious year-long internship at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in Austin, served as the Executive Editor of the American Journal of Criminal Law, served as a research assistant to two criminal law professors and as a teaching assistant for a first-year criminal law class, and represented clients with the school’s Criminal Defense Clinic. Ms. Jarvis twice received the school’s Dean’s Achievement Award, given each semester to the outstanding student in each course, for Criminal Law and for Criminal Procedure. 

Prior to law school, Ms. Jarvis received her B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from The University of Texas-Pan American and worked as a colonias outreach coordinator for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), the largest legal aid provider in Texas.  Ms. Jarvis was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and is fluent in Spanish.  

"Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, 2020

State Bar of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Federal Bar Association, Southern District of Texas - Board Member
Houston Bar Association
Texas Bar Foundation – Fellow
Child Advocates – Development Committee
Friends of Child Advocates – Governance Council 
The University of Texas School of Law Young Alumni Steering Committee

The University of Texas-Pan American
B.A., summa cum laude, English

The University of Houston
Post-B.A., Art History

The University of Texas School of Law
J.D., with honors, and Order of the Coif

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Gregg Costa
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2014-2015

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P., 2015-2021

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P., 2022-Present 

Jarvis Rising Star    Jarvis Super Lawyer