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Vinson & Elkins LLP

  • Designation: Houston
  • Head Count: 650
  • Gross Revenues: $630,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $970,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,710,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 3

Vinson & Elkins is a Houston-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Vinson & Elkins has 650 attorneys and is the 60th largest firm in the United States.  With $630,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 50th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Vinson & Elkins ranked as the 59th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, London, NY and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 50 3 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 50 3 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 60 -2 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 82 -10 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 115 -10 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 18 6 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Survey: New Associates Want to Make a Big Splash in Smaller Pool

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : October 23, 2014

According to Texas Lawyer's 2014 New Associate Hires Survey, the 2014 class is 14.1 percent smaller than it was in 2013 at the same 21 firms.

Six Am Law 100 Firms Smooth Way for Another Pipeline Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014

As the U.S. moves to become the world's largest oil producer, lawyers from Cooley, Latham & Watkins, McGuireWoods, Norton Rose Fulbright, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are helping QEP Resources unload its natural gas pipeline and processing unit for $2.5 billion in cash to Tesoro Logistics, a refinery operator owned by Tesoro Corp.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : October 20, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Deal of the Week: $7.8 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : October 16, 2014

Targa Resources Corp. and Targa Resources Partners to acquire Atlas Energy and Atlas Pipeline Partners.

Am Law Firms in Africa See Minimal Effects of Ebola—For Now

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 15, 2014

The outbreak of the virus has led to postponed conferences, travel restrictions and reliance on videoconferences with clients for some firms doing business in West Africa, where the virus has taken its greatest toll. But for the most part, it's been business as usual.

Do Foreign Firms Need a Hong Kong Law Practice?

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : October 13, 2014

The city's once-booming capital markets had prompted a big push into local law, but the slowdown that followed has forced at least one firm—Milbank—to reconsider. Still, others see value in the practice, though for different reasons. Here's why.

GC Builds Legal Department from Ground Up

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : October 13, 2014

Am Law 100 Trio Fuel Up for Formation of Pipeline Giant

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 13, 2014

Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. announced plans to buy Atlas Energy and its midstream subsidiary, Atlas Pipeline Partners, in a transaction valued at about $7.7 billion. Covington & Burling, Vinson & Elkins and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz have grabbed lead roles on the matter.

New Deals

: The Am Law Daily : October 09, 2014

Becton, Dickinson and Company is buying CareFusion Corp. in the latest in a record-setting series of mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries following the Affordable Care Act. Also, Encana Corp. is acquiring Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.3 billion in the largest-ever U.S.-Canada transaction in the exploration and production sector.

Texas Market Limited, but Pa. Firms Finding Ways to Grow

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 08, 2014

They say everything is bigger in Texas, but the supply of lawyers isn't endless, making the successful entry of out-of-state firms into the market all the more challenging as the most sought-after talent is only going to lateral so often.

King & Spalding Raids Bingham in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 07, 2014

Bingham McCutchen has one partner left in London following the departure of a restructuring specialist for King & Spalding, which lost the founder of its London office to General Electric. Meanwhile, Schiff Hardin heads to Dallas, along with other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

A Low-Key Term for Justices

Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : October 06, 2014

After three blockbuster terms in a row, the 2014-15 U.S. Supreme Court term will open with a relatively low-key docket, but could turn historic if the court takes one or more of seven same-sex marriage cases.

High Court 'Quality Control' Might Explain Marriage Case Delay

Tony Mauro : Legal Times : October 02, 2014

A new U.S. Supreme Court "quality control" procedure for handling incoming petitions may help explain why the justices were silent on Thursday about the seven same-sex marriage petitions pending before them.

Deal of the Week: $4.41 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : October 02, 2014

Andrews Kurth and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld represented Enterprise Products Partners in the Houston master limited partnership's acquisition of general partner and limited partnership interests in Oiltanking Partners.

Billionaire Lawyer Fuels Four Firms With Energy Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2014

Andrews Kurth and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are advising Enterprise Products Partners L.P., an energy pipeline investor headed by a Houston lawyer-turned-billionaire, on its $4.6 billion acquisition of a two-thirds stake in marine terminal operator Oiltanking Partners L.P., which has retained Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Vinson & Elkins. Enterprise plans to eventually take full control of Oiltanking in a deal valued at roughly $5.8 billion.

Bingham's Biggest Rainmakers, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 01, 2014

As Bingham McCutchen mulls a merger with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a key factor in clinching any deal will be the participation of certain rainmakers. The Am Law Daily has a look at those individuals, some of whom have left the firm, and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200, such as significant acquisitions by Armstrong Teasdale in Denver, Fox Rothschild in Dallas and Quarles & Brady in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Alleged Subscriber-Scam Suit Dismissed Against Dow Jones

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

A New York federal judge has dismissed allegations of fraud against Dow Jones & Co. Inc., closing the book on a proposed class action that accused the company, along with The New York Times Co. and Forbes Inc., of allowing a subscription business to defraud their customers by overcharging for renewals and pocketing the difference.

Doctor Can't Sue Over Criticisms of His MMR-Autism Research

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : September 29, 2014

"The record contains no evidence that the allegedly defamatory articles, whether published in print or made available online, were directed or aimed at Texas," ruled the Third Court of Appeals.

Big Deals

MP McQueen, Vinayak Balasubramanian, Alexandra Wilson and Wenxiong Zhang : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

Kinder Morgan Reorganization; Fox Asset Sale; Walgreen/Alliance Boots; Dollar Tree/Dollar General /Family Dollar; AbbVie/Shire

The Two Newest SCOTX Justices Discuss the Unpredictable Nature of Their Court

John Council : Texas Lawyer : September 29, 2014

The Texas Supreme Court's term brings heated dissents from a variety of justices with no particular pattern. And it may be a good time to start presenting the court with even more questions, appellate lawyers say.

Am Law Trio Tapped for Encana's $5.3 Billion Energy Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : September 29, 2014

Canada's Encana Corp. has turned to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Vinson & Elkins and Canadian firm Blakes, Cassels & Graydon for legal advice on its acquisition of Fort Worth-based Athlon Energy Inc. Latham & Watkins is representing Athlon.

The Two Newest SCOTX Justices Discuss the Unpredictable Nature of Their Court

John Council : Texas Lawyer : September 25, 2014

The Texas Supreme Court's term brings heated dissents from a variety of justices with no particular pattern. And it may be a good time to start presenting the court with even more questions, appellate lawyers say.

Waterbury Company Wins Another IP Case Against DuPont

Christian Nolan : The Connecticut Law Tribune : September 24, 2014

A federal jury in Connecticut awarded a Waterbury-based printing business $35.4 million in a hotly contested intellectual property battle that focused on printing words on product packaging.

Intellectual Property and the E-cigarette Boom

Margaret Sampson and Jeff Gritton : Corporate Counsel : September 24, 2014

The rapid growth of the e-cigarettes market has brought an increased focus on obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights related to these devices.

Doctor Can't Sue Over Criticisms of His MMR-Autism Research

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : September 24, 2014

"The record contains no evidence that the allegedly defamatory articles, whether published in print or made available online, were directed or aimed at Texas," ruled the Third Court of Appeals.

Thompson & Knight, Vinson & Elkins on Mexican Oil Deal

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : September 24, 2014

The law firms are advising private equity firms EnCap Investments and Riverstone Holdings as they fund Mexico's first independent oil and gas production company in nearly 75 years.

DuPont Patent Suit Over Printing Products Dismissed

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : September 18, 2014

A federal judge in Trenton, N.J., has dismissed claims by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., that a competitor infringed two of its patents for flexographic printing equipment.

Judges Schooled in Rap for First Amendment Dispute

Tony Mauro : New York Law Journal : September 16, 2014

The musical tastes of several U.S. Supreme Court justices run toward opera. But as the start of its fall term approaches, the court is getting an intense education in another genre: the rhythmic, slangy, sometimes violent, poetry of rap music.

Katy Gottsponer

: The National Law Journal : September 15, 2014

Justices Get Schooled in Rap

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : September 15, 2014

A case on the high court's fall docket asks whether the online posting of threatening language like that found in rap lyrics violates a federal law against transmitting "any threat to injure the person of another" across state lines.