Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP

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Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP is full-service law firm focused on complex matters in the areas of commercial litigation, securities and financial services, employment law, trade secret litigation, energy litigation and products liability defense.

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP

Open for Business
Offers Video Calls

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP is full-service law firm focused on complex matters in the areas of commercial litigation, securities and financial services, employment law, trade secret litigation, energy litigation and products liability defense.

Firm Overview

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP was founded to bring together the experience and expertise of a small group of prominent attorneys in Houston, Texas. Our firm is large enough to handle high-profile cases for some of the largest corporations in the country and world, while small enough to counsel individuals with personal care and precision.

We are a Texas-based firm with experience handling cases around the country. We represent individuals and companies nationwide in a wide array of legal matters. We pride ourselves in understanding not only the legal issues involved in any case, but also the business concerns our clients most value in order to help us deliver consistent and effective results.

At Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP, our attorneys have extensive experience in financial securities litigation. They have successfully represented clients at the national and regional level for a vast array of financial services firms, including investment banks, registered investment advisory firms, broker-dealers and other securities firms. Our firm has expertise in matters including trade secret, non-compete, arbitration, enforcement and regulatory proceedings.

Our firm regularly represents clients before the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA) and American Arbitration Association (AAA) throughout the United States. We have extensive experience as the primary coordinating counsel for FINRA and AAA arbitrations and can craft and coordinate an effective litigation and arbitration strategy for our clients. We regularly represent individual brokers and financial industry professionals in compliance and regulatory issues, including U4/U5 defamation claims, responses to FINRA inquiries, responses to state or SEC regulatory inquiries and customer complaint disputes. The goal is simple. We want to exceed our clients' expectations and produce results that allow your company to grow and thrive in the complicated world of securities and financial services litigation.

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP has extensive commercial litigation experience ranging from the most complex commercial disputes to common legal issues that arise for almost all businesses. Our knowledgeable team of attorneys has successfully handled litigation in areas as diverse as securities, employment, media, oil and gas, investment banking, antitrust, trade secret and products liability. Our attorneys work diligently to assist our clients in understanding all the potential issues involved in a potential business dispute so they can make informed and strategic decisions on the best path forward.

Our approach to any commercial litigation starts with a complete understanding our client's business ambitions and purposes. For those times that a legal dispute is unavoidable or trial is the best course of action, our team has the experience necessary to take every case to a verdict. We have tried cases successfully in courtrooms and before arbitration panels throughout the country and know how to achieve an efficient, practical resolutions for our clients. We have the ability and experience to try a case to win, but also recognize that a trial is often not the most effective solution. We have the creativity to identify options to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Claims against your business require a swift response from a team of attorneys that has years of experience solving the most complex issues in commercial litigation. Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP has the ability to help your company avoid litigation when possible and the experience to aggressively pursue or defend any claim when necessary.

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP is a leader in employment law issues. Our attorneys have worked with clients on an array of issues related to employment law, including helping recruits navigate the complex issues of leaving one firm to work for another, proper compliance with the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, defending against FLSA and FLRA claims and numerous other employment law issues. We have defended employers against individual plaintiffs and, in multi-district, class action suits. Our attorneys have experience addressing the multitude of employment legal issues for executives, physicians and business professionals. Whether the issue is non-compete or non-solicit agreements, bonus disputes, wrongful termination, or breach of contract, we have experience in state and federal courts as well as before arbitration forums with claims of all types in employment law.

Our team looks to provide innovative solutions that will solve many issues while avoiding costly trials, but our aggressive litigators are ready to pursue or defend against the claim through to a verdict when doing so is in the best interest of our clients.

Main Office

Main Office
815 Walker St.
Suite 1440
Houston , TX 77002

Phone

(713) 955-6030

Fax

(713) 955-6141

Fees
Office Information
Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP
Scott D. Smith

Scott D. Smith is a seasoned trial lawyer who has obtained favorable verdicts for clients on both sides of the docket. Mr. Smith has experience in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts throughout the United States, including resolving a broad array of business and commercial disputes, as well as having extensive experience representing financial advisers and financial institutions in financial services litigation in FINRA and AAA arbitration proceedings. He frequently represents financial advisers and financial institutions in employment disputes, securities enforcement actions, as well as regulatory and compliance matters, and assists his clients in obtaining, or defending against, injunctive relief at TRO proceedings and temporary injunction hearings.

Since 2003, Mr. Smith has represented both large and small, public and private companies, their directors, officers, partners, members, employees, and affiliates in a broad spectrum of business disputes and litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with contract, negligence, theft of trade secrets, business disparagement, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, employment agreements, including enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation covenants, as well as disputes and litigation in real estate and probate matters. He has also successfully argued appeals before the New York State Appellate Division and the Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals. In addition to complex commercial and business litigation, Mr. Smith's practice is also concentrated on matters related to legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Notably, Mr. Smith has achieved the distinction of being rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is highest possible rating given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Mr. Smith has also been awarded the Platinum Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell. This prestigious award, based on the quantity and quality of an attorney's Martindale-Hubbell client reviews, recognizes those attorneys who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to delivering the highest level of client service as affirmed by their clients. This award is a testament to Mr. Smith's dedication to his clients and his commitment to providing exceptional legal representation. The award is also a recognition of Mr. Smith's ability to navigate the often complex legal landscape and obtain positive outcomes for his clients.

Mr. Smith joined Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP in January 2017. Previously, Mr. Smith served as Of Counsel for the Law Office of Larry P. Smith in Houston, Texas and was the Head of Litigation for D. Miller & Associates, PLLC. Prior to his return to Houston, Mr. Smith was a Partner with McCormick & O'Brien, LLP, a boutique commercial and securities litigation firm in New York City. Mr. Smith also served as a Principal Attorney with the Attorney Grievance Committee for the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department as well as a Senior Court Attorney with the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department in Manhattan. Prior to his government service, Mr. Smith was associated with the law firms of Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck P.C. and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, and was an Associate with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, where he represented aggrieved investors in class action lawsuits.

License

Bar Number: 24011874
Texas,

Bar Number: 4576310
New York,

Bar Number: 482463
District of Columbia,

Education

University of Texas
B.A. in English Literature, 1997

South Texas College of Law
J.D., 2001

Boston University School of Law
LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law, 2002

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP
Scott D. Smith

Scott D. Smith is a seasoned trial lawyer who has obtained favorable verdicts for clients on both sides of the docket. Mr. Smith has experience in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts throughout the United States, including resolving a broad array of business and commercial disputes, as well as having extensive experience representing financial advisers and financial institutions in financial services litigation in FINRA and AAA arbitration proceedings. He frequently represents financial advisers and financial institutions in employment disputes, securities enforcement actions, as well as regulatory and compliance matters, and assists his clients in obtaining, or defending against, injunctive relief at TRO proceedings and temporary injunction hearings.

Since 2003, Mr. Smith has represented both large and small, public and private companies, their directors, officers, partners, members, employees, and affiliates in a broad spectrum of business disputes and litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with contract, negligence, theft of trade secrets, business disparagement, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, employment agreements, including enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation covenants, as well as disputes and litigation in real estate and probate matters. He has also successfully argued appeals before the New York State Appellate Division and the Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals. In addition to complex commercial and business litigation, Mr. Smith's practice is also concentrated on matters related to legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Notably, Mr. Smith has achieved the distinction of being rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is highest possible rating given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Mr. Smith has also been awarded the Platinum Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell. This prestigious award, based on the quantity and quality of an attorney's Martindale-Hubbell client reviews, recognizes those attorneys who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to delivering the highest level of client service as affirmed by their clients. This award is a testament to Mr. Smith's dedication to his clients and his commitment to providing exceptional legal representation. The award is also a recognition of Mr. Smith's ability to navigate the often complex legal landscape and obtain positive outcomes for his clients.

Mr. Smith joined Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP in January 2017. Previously, Mr. Smith served as Of Counsel for the Law Office of Larry P. Smith in Houston, Texas and was the Head of Litigation for D. Miller & Associates, PLLC. Prior to his return to Houston, Mr. Smith was a Partner with McCormick & O'Brien, LLP, a boutique commercial and securities litigation firm in New York City. Mr. Smith also served as a Principal Attorney with the Attorney Grievance Committee for the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department as well as a Senior Court Attorney with the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department in Manhattan. Prior to his government service, Mr. Smith was associated with the law firms of Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck P.C. and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, and was an Associate with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, where he represented aggrieved investors in class action lawsuits.

License

Bar Number: 24011874
Texas,

Bar Number: 4576310
New York,

Bar Number: 482463
District of Columbia,

Education

University of Texas B.A. in English Literature, 1997


South Texas College of Law J.D., 2001


Boston University School of Law LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law, 2002


Firm Overview

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP was founded to bring together the experience and expertise of a small group of prominent attorneys in Houston, Texas. Our firm is large enough to handle high-profile cases for some of the largest corporations in the country and world, while small enough to counsel individuals with personal care and precision.

We are a Texas-based firm with experience handling cases around the country. We represent individuals and companies nationwide in a wide array of legal matters. We pride ourselves in understanding not only the legal issues involved in any case, but also the business concerns our clients most value in order to help us deliver consistent and effective results.

At Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP, our attorneys have extensive experience in financial securities litigation. They have successfully represented clients at the national and regional level for a vast array of financial services firms, including investment banks, registered investment advisory firms, broker-dealers and other securities firms. Our firm has expertise in matters including trade secret, non-compete, arbitration, enforcement and regulatory proceedings.

Our firm regularly represents clients before the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA) and American Arbitration Association (AAA) throughout the United States. We have extensive experience as the primary coordinating counsel for FINRA and AAA arbitrations and can craft and coordinate an effective litigation and arbitration strategy for our clients. We regularly represent individual brokers and financial industry professionals in compliance and regulatory issues, including U4/U5 defamation claims, responses to FINRA inquiries, responses to state or SEC regulatory inquiries and customer complaint disputes. The goal is simple. We want to exceed our clients' expectations and produce results that allow your company to grow and thrive in the complicated world of securities and financial services litigation.

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP has extensive commercial litigation experience ranging from the most complex commercial disputes to common legal issues that arise for almost all businesses. Our knowledgeable team of attorneys has successfully handled litigation in areas as diverse as securities, employment, media, oil and gas, investment banking, antitrust, trade secret and products liability. Our attorneys work diligently to assist our clients in understanding all the potential issues involved in a potential business dispute so they can make informed and strategic decisions on the best path forward.

Our approach to any commercial litigation starts with a complete understanding our client's business ambitions and purposes. For those times that a legal dispute is unavoidable or trial is the best course of action, our team has the experience necessary to take every case to a verdict. We have tried cases successfully in courtrooms and before arbitration panels throughout the country and know how to achieve an efficient, practical resolutions for our clients. We have the ability and experience to try a case to win, but also recognize that a trial is often not the most effective solution. We have the creativity to identify options to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Claims against your business require a swift response from a team of attorneys that has years of experience solving the most complex issues in commercial litigation. Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP has the ability to help your company avoid litigation when possible and the experience to aggressively pursue or defend any claim when necessary.

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP is a leader in employment law issues. Our attorneys have worked with clients on an array of issues related to employment law, including helping recruits navigate the complex issues of leaving one firm to work for another, proper compliance with the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, defending against FLSA and FLRA claims and numerous other employment law issues. We have defended employers against individual plaintiffs and, in multi-district, class action suits. Our attorneys have experience addressing the multitude of employment legal issues for executives, physicians and business professionals. Whether the issue is non-compete or non-solicit agreements, bonus disputes, wrongful termination, or breach of contract, we have experience in state and federal courts as well as before arbitration forums with claims of all types in employment law.

Our team looks to provide innovative solutions that will solve many issues while avoiding costly trials, but our aggressive litigators are ready to pursue or defend against the claim through to a verdict when doing so is in the best interest of our clients.

Main Office

Main Office
815 Walker St.
Suite 1440
Houston , TX 77002

Phone

(713) 955-6030

Fax

(713) 955-6141

Fees
Office Information
Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP
Scott D. Smith

Scott D. Smith is a seasoned trial lawyer who has obtained favorable verdicts for clients on both sides of the docket. Mr. Smith has experience in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts throughout the United States, including resolving a broad array of business and commercial disputes, as well as having extensive experience representing financial advisers and financial institutions in financial services litigation in FINRA and AAA arbitration proceedings. He frequently represents financial advisers and financial institutions in employment disputes, securities enforcement actions, as well as regulatory and compliance matters, and assists his clients in obtaining, or defending against, injunctive relief at TRO proceedings and temporary injunction hearings.

Since 2003, Mr. Smith has represented both large and small, public and private companies, their directors, officers, partners, members, employees, and affiliates in a broad spectrum of business disputes and litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with contract, negligence, theft of trade secrets, business disparagement, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, employment agreements, including enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation covenants, as well as disputes and litigation in real estate and probate matters. He has also successfully argued appeals before the New York State Appellate Division and the Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals. In addition to complex commercial and business litigation, Mr. Smith's practice is also concentrated on matters related to legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Notably, Mr. Smith has achieved the distinction of being rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is highest possible rating given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Mr. Smith has also been awarded the Platinum Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell. This prestigious award, based on the quantity and quality of an attorney's Martindale-Hubbell client reviews, recognizes those attorneys who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to delivering the highest level of client service as affirmed by their clients. This award is a testament to Mr. Smith's dedication to his clients and his commitment to providing exceptional legal representation. The award is also a recognition of Mr. Smith's ability to navigate the often complex legal landscape and obtain positive outcomes for his clients.

Mr. Smith joined Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP in January 2017. Previously, Mr. Smith served as Of Counsel for the Law Office of Larry P. Smith in Houston, Texas and was the Head of Litigation for D. Miller & Associates, PLLC. Prior to his return to Houston, Mr. Smith was a Partner with McCormick & O'Brien, LLP, a boutique commercial and securities litigation firm in New York City. Mr. Smith also served as a Principal Attorney with the Attorney Grievance Committee for the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department as well as a Senior Court Attorney with the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department in Manhattan. Prior to his government service, Mr. Smith was associated with the law firms of Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck P.C. and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, and was an Associate with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, where he represented aggrieved investors in class action lawsuits.

License

Bar Number: 24011874
Texas,

Bar Number: 4576310
New York,

Bar Number: 482463
District of Columbia,

Education

University of Texas
B.A. in English Literature, 1997

South Texas College of Law
J.D., 2001

Boston University School of Law
LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law, 2002

Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP
Scott D. Smith

Scott D. Smith is a seasoned trial lawyer who has obtained favorable verdicts for clients on both sides of the docket. Mr. Smith has experience in all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts throughout the United States, including resolving a broad array of business and commercial disputes, as well as having extensive experience representing financial advisers and financial institutions in financial services litigation in FINRA and AAA arbitration proceedings. He frequently represents financial advisers and financial institutions in employment disputes, securities enforcement actions, as well as regulatory and compliance matters, and assists his clients in obtaining, or defending against, injunctive relief at TRO proceedings and temporary injunction hearings.

Since 2003, Mr. Smith has represented both large and small, public and private companies, their directors, officers, partners, members, employees, and affiliates in a broad spectrum of business disputes and litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with contract, negligence, theft of trade secrets, business disparagement, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, employment agreements, including enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation covenants, as well as disputes and litigation in real estate and probate matters. He has also successfully argued appeals before the New York State Appellate Division and the Texas Fourteenth District Court of Appeals. In addition to complex commercial and business litigation, Mr. Smith's practice is also concentrated on matters related to legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Notably, Mr. Smith has achieved the distinction of being rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which is highest possible rating given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Mr. Smith has also been awarded the Platinum Client Champion by Martindale-Hubbell. This prestigious award, based on the quantity and quality of an attorney's Martindale-Hubbell client reviews, recognizes those attorneys who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to delivering the highest level of client service as affirmed by their clients. This award is a testament to Mr. Smith's dedication to his clients and his commitment to providing exceptional legal representation. The award is also a recognition of Mr. Smith's ability to navigate the often complex legal landscape and obtain positive outcomes for his clients.

Mr. Smith joined Henneman Rau Kirklin & Smith LLP in January 2017. Previously, Mr. Smith served as Of Counsel for the Law Office of Larry P. Smith in Houston, Texas and was the Head of Litigation for D. Miller & Associates, PLLC. Prior to his return to Houston, Mr. Smith was a Partner with McCormick & O'Brien, LLP, a boutique commercial and securities litigation firm in New York City. Mr. Smith also served as a Principal Attorney with the Attorney Grievance Committee for the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department as well as a Senior Court Attorney with the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department in Manhattan. Prior to his government service, Mr. Smith was associated with the law firms of Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck P.C. and Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, and was an Associate with Bernstein Liebhard LLP, where he represented aggrieved investors in class action lawsuits.

License

Bar Number: 24011874
Texas,

Bar Number: 4576310
New York,

Bar Number: 482463
District of Columbia,

Education

University of Texas B.A. in English Literature, 1997


South Texas College of Law J.D., 2001


Boston University School of Law LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law, 2002


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