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SKV Gains an Appellate Victory for its Client in Deepwater Horizon Criminal Trial

In one of the most-followed criminal proceedings of recent legal history, two “well site leaders” working on the Deepwater Horizon at the time of its explosion on April 20, 2010 were indicted on 23 federal criminal charges, including multiple charges related to the resulting 11 deaths. SKV partner Shaun Clarke obtained a trial court dismissal of close to half of the criminal allegations against his client, Robert Kaluza, including charges with a lower threshold of proof. The Fifth Circuit affirmed that ruling on March 11, 2015.

Texas Super Lawyers Names Six SKV Partners

SKV Partners Craig Smyser, Lee Kaplan, Christina Bryan, Larry Veselka, Shaun Clarke, and Justin Waggoner have been named 2014 Texas Super Lawyers. SKV Partners Ty Doyle, Land Murphy, and Dane Ball and of counsel Jennifer Caughey have been named 2014 Rising Stars.

SKV Appellate Victory in $162 Million Oil and Gas Dispute

The Houston First Court of Appeals affirmed on all issues a judgment vindicating DeepRock Venture Partners, LP and Paul Touradji and awarding them $1.75 million on counterclaims, Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, LLP announced today.