Lee Kaplan is a senior partner at Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, a Houston law firm that tries lawsuits. Over the last 35 years he has tried jury cases ranging from complicated patent infringement to theft of trade secrets to fraud and breach of contract cases.
Mr. Kaplan represents plaintiffs and defendants, ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals, in state and federal courts, and arbitrations. In the summer of 2012 he tried a jury case as co-counsel with out-of-town attorneys; the jury returned a verdict in his client's favor, including an award of $105.9 million. That verdict was reportedly the fifth-largest verdict in Texas that year. (The appeal process is not complete.) He represented a Houston company in two federal investigations into the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Mr. Kaplan frequently handles "high tech" cases and enjoys mastering complicated business dealings or scientific concepts in order to present them concisely to judges and juries in a commonsense fashion. He has also conducted special investigations for companies that are concerned about possible internal wrongdoing.
Mr. Kaplan received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University where he was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law before obtaining a prestigious one-year clerkship with a federal appeals court judge. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, he also volunteers as an adult leader for Troop 255 at Yellowstone Academy.