Layne Kruse, partner in the Houston office, co-chairs the Firm's nationwide Antitrust and Competition Practice Group and heads the Litigation Department in the Houston office. He also is a member of the Firm's Policy Committee.
Layne handles business litigation and arbitration matters. He has been a first-chair litigator for jury trials, nationwide class actions, injunctions, arbitrations and appeals, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He is certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal
He concentrates on antitrust and securities litigation, international disputes, and other business problems. In particular, he has extensive experience in handling class actions and in responding to government investigations. He has represented clients in oil and gas production, the marketing of refined petroleum products, health care, insurance, publishing, consumer products, computers, rail transportation, and other industries.
- 1977 - J.D., Yale Law School
- 1974 - M.Sc., International Relations, London School of Economics (Rotary Foundation Fellowship)
- 1973 - B.A., summa cum laude, Economics, Texas A&M University
Judicial clerk to Chief Judge John R. Brown, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit 1977-78
Layne is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Eleventh, and Ninth Circuits, and all federal district courts in Texas. He has also appeared in other courts throughout the United States from Florida to Alaska, from Hawaii to New York, and from California to the District of Columbia.