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717 Texas Ave, Suite 2800
Houston, Texas 77002

713 221 2325

Local Litigation Star


Practice areas:

Appellate
Automotive
Commercial
Competition/antitrust
Dispute resolution
Professional liability


Annually selected by his peers as one of Texas’ Super Lawyers since 2005, Mr. Veselka has tried sixty or more jury trials to verdict and briefed or argued a similar number of appeals before the Texas Supreme Court, various Texas Courts of Appeals, the Wyoming Supreme Court, and various U.S. Courts of Appeals.  

  • Last fall, Mr. Veselka tried a regulatory matter before the Texas Railroad Commission for a unit of Tokyo Gas America LTD. (TG), providing evidence that TG’s gatherer/ processor discriminatorily lowered the rates for TG’s co-owners in the same wells by 48% on average, which will illegally cost TG more than $23 million. Producers and midstream companies are closely monitoring the decision, expected any time now. 
  • In 2015-2016, he prosecuted a case for a Denver oil and gas producer against a unit of American Energy Partners over a $2.5 billion acquisition of Permian Basin assets from start to finish in fifteen months, achieving a successful settlement the week before trial. 
  • He has twice recently been brought in to take over oil and gas cases in the Permian Basin after adverse interlocutory rulings. The first was successfully resolved.  He got brought in to the second against Apache Corporation for family businesses in Montana and Texas just this spring.
  • Mr. Veselka has handled matters in courts and administrative agencies throughout Texas, as well as in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Washington, D.C.
  • He successfully defended the Special Committee of a public company board consider­ing a “go-private” offer from the company CEO.
  • In addition to the complex civil cases in his practice over the last 42 years, Mr. Veselka has handled white-collar criminal matters at all stages. He presently represents clients in an ongoing FCPA investigation. He represented the former chairman of a global company in an FCPA prosecution pertaining to EPC contracts for LNG facilities in Nigeria that resulted in numerous felony convictions and fines or restitution of more than $1.6 billion by other parties.


Last Updated September 2019