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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, 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

Whistleblower, KBR Spar Over Access to Internal Docs

Nate Beck : Legal Times : November 26, 2014

A federal judge last week ruled papers from an Iraq war contractor's internal inquiry into an alleged kickback scheme aren't protected by attorney-client privilege in a whistleblower's lawsuit against the company.

Justices Return to Consider Facebook Threats, Pregnancy Discrimination

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : November 25, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the bench December 1 to begin hearing arguments in 12 cases and to hand down some decisions, finally.

Interview Tips From Big-Firm Campus Interviewer

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : November 24, 2014

V&E's Matt Strock, who interviews law school students seeking to work at his firm, provides some answers before the on-campus interview season begins after the holidays.

High Court Eyes First Amendment Puzzle in Appeal

Todd Brewster : The Litigation Daily : November 20, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is used to arguments over what words mean—hence the terms "originalist" and "textualist" and the quarrels over congressional intent. Next month the court will hear oral arguments in a case that engages words in a uniquely modern context: one involving rap music and social media.

The 2014 Appellate Hot List

: The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

We've identified 20 firms with outstanding achievements before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state courts of last resort.

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

Legal forums throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

Deal of the Week: V&E Works on $437 Million Refinery Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 17, 2014

Vinson & Elkins represents Alon USA Energy of Dallas in its pending acquisition of the Krotz Springs refinery.

Vinson & Elkins

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : November 17, 2014

Inadmissible: Swearing-In Sponsorship

: Texas Lawyer : November 17, 2014

Law school graduates who passed the Texas July 2014 bar exam and have a connection to San Antonio could choose to be sworn in as a Texas lawyer at a ceremony in Bexar County instead of a larger ceremony in Austin.

Greenberg Traurig hires five lawyers in Austin

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 12, 2014

Greenberg Traurig hires three shareholders and two associates for Austin office.

Deal of the Week: Texas Firms Handling $1.5 Billion Cash Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 10, 2014

Western Gas partners using Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in its pending purchase of Nuevo Midstream for $1.5 billion.

Skadden, Weil Alum Nab Roles in Dendreon Bankruptcy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 10, 2014

In a down year for big corporate bankruptcies, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom bagged a big assignment Monday for Seattle-based biotechnology company Dendreon as the prostate cancer drug maker filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. Also tapped by the debtor as claims agent in its Chapter 11 case is Prime Clerk, a company started last year by former Weil, Gotshal & Manges restructuring partner Shai Waisman.

As Lawyer Bills Pile Up, SEC Target Sam Wyly Defends Expenses

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : November 09, 2014

In the wake of his $200 million loss to the SEC, Samuel Wyly asked a bankruptcy judge to approve a personal spending plan that includes nearly $2 million in legal expenses for November and December.

Covington Nabs MoFo Financial Services Pro, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2014

Covington & Burling picks up a leading consumer financial services lawyer from Morrison & Foerster, a firm that recently saw a technology transactions partner join the NBA; Gibson Dunn makes a government hire after election season; two more firms raid Bingham; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

EnergyBuzz: Over $1 Billion Pending Pipeline Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 06, 2014

Plains All American Pipeline to buy 50 percent interest in the BridgeTex Pipeline Co. from Occidental Petroleum Corp. for $1.075 million.

Willkie Puts Down Stakes in Houston

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : November 04, 2014

Willkie Farr & Gallagher is opening an office in Houston, marking the Wall Street firm's foray into the booming legal market in Texas as well as its first new domestic office since 1981, when it opened in Washington, D.C.

Texas Firms Handling $1.5 Billion Cash Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 04, 2014

Western Gas partners using Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in its pending purchase of Nuevo Midstream for $1.5 billion.

Another NYC Firm Opens Houston Office

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 04, 2014

With three partners, Willkie Farr & Gallagher opens office in Houston to expand its energy practice

On the Move

: The Recorder : November 03, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

INADMISSIBLE: From Supreme Court to the Movie Screen

: The National Law Journal : November 03, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court soon may be the subject of a casting call for the movie version of one of its more controversial rulings. Plus more in this week's column.

Positive Energy

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : November 03, 2014

Although working in-house was Julie Lennon's original plan when she went to law school, it wasn't until after almost 20 years in private practice that she finally made the move in-house.

From Don Julio to Medical Research, It's All M&A to Cravath and S&C

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 03, 2014

Monday was a three-deal day for the corporate lawyers at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Sullivan & Cromwell, as the two leading Am Law 100 firms each advised clients on a trio of notable transactions. Covington & Burling, Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Kirkland, Davis Polk and Wachtell also had key roles on five separate deals.

November 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : November 01, 2014

Conflict of Interest Claim a 'Must' to Trigger Fairness Review

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : October 29, 2014

A conflict of interest must be alleged before a transaction can be reviewed under the more stringent entire-fairness standard, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.

Survey: Data Security Is Tech Chiefs' Top Worry

Alan Cohen : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Law firm chief information officers say they see potential threats coming from outside the firm, and from within.

Vinson Adds Pair of Litigation Partners in S.F.

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : October 28, 2014

Darryl Woo, who joins from Fenwick & West, is Vinson & Elkins' first Bay Area patent litigation partner.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

Edwards Wildman Trio Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2014

Three more Edwards Wildman Palmer partners head elsewhere amid the firm's looming merger vote with Locke Lord; Kirkland's latest lateral raid targets Skadden; a Bingham McCutchen restructuring partner heads in-house; Tom Daschle joins forces with Baker Donelson; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Newsmakers: Week of Oct. 27

: Texas Lawyer : October 27, 2014

Shawn Stephens has joined King & Spalding in Houston as a partner in the tort and environmental litigation practice.


: The National Law Journal : October 27, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.