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Jeffrey A. Potts has successfully tried cases for plaintiffs and defendants in the federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings.  Because better trial skills are learned from handling a variety of types of cases, Mr. Potts intentionally has developed a diverse trial practice, including commercial litigation, intellectual property, personal injury, ERISA litigation, and the representation of individuals subject to government investigations.

Lawyers who have worked with Potts say that working on a team with him is "a great experience, he is very smart, he is a fine strategist, and it is a pleasure to work with him on a case."

He graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts with honors, phi beta kappa and with a Juris Doctor cum laude. He was an articles editor for the Northwestern University Law Review and selected for inclusion in the Order of the Coif. After law school, Potts clerked for the Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 50%
  2. Intellectual Property: 50%

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Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP

700 Louisiana St Ste 2300
Houston, TX, 77002-2740


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199207/16/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Houston LawyerH Magazine2010
Rising StarSuperLawyers2007
Rising StarSuperLawyers2005
Rising StarSuperLawyers2004
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSmyser Kaplan & Veselka1998 - Present
AssociateBaker Botts, LLP1994 - 1997
Law ClerkUnited States District Court, Southern District Of Texas1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Houston Intellectual Property American Inn of CourtMaster & Awards ChairN/A
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Texas Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
HOUSTON PROGRESSIVE RADIOLOGY ASSOCIATES, PLLC, et al., Appellants v. STEPHEN B. LEE, M.D., P.A., et al., AppelleeseAppellate Victory
Beach Capital Partnership, L.P. v. DeepRock Venture Partners LP and Paul TouradjiWin on Counterclaims
Breach of Contract / Commercial TortsN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Northwestern University Law ReviewMoore v. Regents of the University of California: Expanded Disclosure, Limited Property Rights1993
South Texas Law ReviewAmerican Penal Institutions and Two Alternative Proposals for Punishment1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Northwest UniversityEconomics and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989