Kelsey Smith

Practice Areas: Appellate / Construction / Directors & Officers' Liability / Energy & Oil / Financial Industry Litigation & Arbitration / Insurance Coverage Litigation / Internal Investigations & Claims Management / Real Estate / Shareholder Litigation & Enforcement


Kelsey Smith focuses her practice on commercial and business litigation at the trial and appellate levels, representing both corporate and individual clients in federal, state, and arbitration proceedings. She is skilled in developing and analyzing complex legal arguments. Kelsey has experience in consumer protection, oil and gas, construction, partnership, and contract disputes.

Kelsey graduated magna cum laude from South Texas College of Law where she received many academic awards. While in law school, she clerked for the First Court of Appeals of Texas where she further developed her legal analysis and writing.

Kelsey is dedicated to translating her clients’ stories into effective arguments. Her strategic thinking and strong writing often allows Kelsey to efficiently resolve cases before trial.

Representative Matters

No. 01-15-003-5464; Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc. v. Intrepid Drilling, LLC; in the American Association of Justice Represent well operator in oilfield services. Dispute involving alleged failure of primary production casing cement job and resulting damages, including loss of well.

No. 2014-26092; Flatrolled Steel, Inc. v. Richardson, et al.; in the 11th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Represented judgment creditor in fraudulent transfer and alter-ego claim to collect judgment in underlying claim for breach of contract.


J.D., South Texas College of Law, magna cum laude, 2013

B.S. Business, The University of Kansas, 2010

Judicial Internships

The 270th District Court of Harris County, the Honorable Brent Gamble

The First Court of Appeals of Texas, the Honorable Jim Sharp

Honors & Awards

Dean’s Scholar Award at South Texas College of Law

Dean’s Honor List at South Texas College of Law

Order of the Lytae at South Texas College of Law

CALI Excellence for the Future Award (top grade) in: Legal Research & Writing I; Oil, Gas & Mineral Law; Secured Transactions; Marital Property and Homestead; Federal Courts

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas