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Vinson & Elkins LLP

  • Designation: Houston
  • Head Count: 677
  • Gross Revenues: $592,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $875,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,470,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -6

Vinson & Elkins is a Houston-based law firm with several offices worldwide. The firm ranked in 42nd place in The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms based on revenue, with $602,500,000 in gross revenue in fiscal year 2010. The firm placed 49th in revenue on the 2011 Global 100 survey of firms worldwide. In terms of size, the firm is ranked 47th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of U.S. firms, with 714 attorneys. Vinson & Elkins' practices include corporate, environmental, finance, international, litigation, and intellectual property. In addition to its Houston office, Vinson & Elkins has offices worldwide in locations including Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, London, New York, Moscow, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Washington D.C.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 53 -6 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 53 -6 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 52 -5 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 125 -9 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 105 -9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 18 6 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

V&E Partner Moves to Latham Hong Kong

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2014

David Blumental previously headed Vinson & Elkins' Shanghai office, which was closed last year.

Remembering Dallas Bond Lawyer Ray Hutchison

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 01, 2014

"Ray was involved in virtually every major government development project in North Texas over the past five decades," said Ben Brooks, head of Bracewell's public finance practice and longtime friend of Hutchison.

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

Deal of the Week: Joint Venture Created to Develop GTL Plants

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Texas lawyers at Vinson & Elkins, Andrews Kurth and Norton Rose Fulbright represent three of the four participants in a joint venture formed to develop gas-to-liquids plants.

Former Broadcaster Craig James Files Charge of Discrimination Against Past Employer Fox Sports Southwest

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Houston Plaintiffs Lawyers Square Off Over Money

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

It's the second suit filed in the dispute between the lawyers, one of whom has hired W. Mark Lanier to press his case.

Big Firms Wait on Sidelines as West Slaps Russia With Sanctions

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The Obama administration and European Union announced sanctions Monday against several key individuals with ties to the Kremlin, just one day before President Vladimir Putin said he would accept Crimea's bid to join the Russian Federation. Caught in the middle are several top international and Am Law 100 firms, whose Moscow offices could be adversely affected. should the schism between East and West become more pronounced. Amid the uncertainty, two big Russian M&A deals yielded roles this week for four Magic Circle firms.

Former Broadcaster Craig James Files Charge of Discrimination Against Past Employer Fox Sports Southwest

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 18, 2014

"Craig James is a polarizing figure in the college sports community and the decision not to use him in our college football coverage was based on the perception that he abused a previous on-air position to further a personal agenda," wrote Scott Grogin, the head of communications for Fox Network Group.

Houston Plaintiffs Lawyers Square Off Over Money

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

It's the second suit filed in the dispute between the lawyers, one of whom has hired W. Mark Lanier to press his case.

Deal of the Week Archive

: Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

INADMISSIBLE: Judiciary Hiring Public Defenders Again

: The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Federal defender offices, which lost approximately 400 employees because of last year's mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, have enough money in this year's budget to begin backfilling most of those positions, court officials said on March 11. Plus more in this week's column.

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.

Deal of the Week

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Nicolas Evanoff, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of CAMAC Energy Inc. of Houston, used lawyers from Sidley Austin for assistance with financing and the acquisition of the remaining interest in a production sharing contract in Nigeria.

Inadmissible: HRF Partners With Law School

: Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Survey: Skadden Strongest U.S. Law Firm Brand Again

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

In its third annual look at which U.S. law firms have the strongest brand recognition among corporate clients, research company Acritas has again placed Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom at the top of the list, followed by Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells.

Tex Parte: South Texas College of Law partners with Human Rights First nonprofit

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

In its first partnership with a law school, Human Rights First, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, will open an office in April at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Tex Parte: Baker Botts adds new positions to its senior management team

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Baker Botts of Houston has added a new position to its senior management team for 2014—director of pricing and project management—and hired a new director of recruiting and development and a new chief marketing officer.

Tyrrell, Patton Boggs May Part Ways Amid Merger Push, Newark Closing

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Patton Boggs, which is engaged in preliminary merger talks with Squire Sanders after announcing the closure of its Newark office this week, could see one of its top partners head for the door. James Tyrrell Jr., a member of the firm's executive committee and head of its toxic tort and product liability practice group, joined Patton Boggs in a high-profile lateral move in 2006. He also took on a controversial case representing indigenous Ecuadoreans suing energy giant Chevron, which has complicated Patton Boggs' efforts to find a merger partner. As it happens, Squire Sanders has its own ties to the South American nation.

Firm Finance: Vinson & Elkins Numbers for 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

Just about every practice area at Vinson & Elkins was up in 2013 compared with 2012. That led to strong results at the Houston-based firm, with a 6.5 percent increase in gross revenue and a 13.3percent jump in net income.

Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 17

: Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Robert C. Wendland has been hired as general counsel of the Dallas County Community College District. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Deal of the Week: Phillips 66 Partners $700 Million Pending Purchase

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Vinson & Elkins and Latham & Watkins are working on a deal for Phillips 66 Partners of Houston to make its first acquisition: the purchase of a pipeline system and storage spheres from Phillips 66 for $700 million.

Mexican Energy Reforms=Big Business for Texas Energy Firms

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

Energy lawyers in Texas are vying to inform clients and potential clients about the progress of energy reforms in Mexico that soon will give foreign energy companies opportunities to invest in energy projects in Mexico.

Show Me the Money! High Court Campaign Finance Report

Angela Morris and Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

A review of Texas Supreme Court candidates' campaign finance reports shows that the Republican incumbent justices have out-fundraised their primary challengers by more than seven-to-one and outspent them by more than four-to-one.

Firm Finance: Vinson & Elkins Numbers for 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

"We were very, very pleased with 2013," said T. Mark Kelly, chairman of Vinson & Elkins and a partner in Houston.

Can an Arbitrator Be Sued for Failing to Disclose Gifts From a Lawyer?

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2014

"If lawyers are allowed to wine and dine arbitrators [and not disclose that information], some pressure comes to bear," Susan Hays, an Austin solo who represents the plaintiffs in , told the court.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Mayer Brown Logs Its Highest Profits Ever

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Mayer Brown saw profits per equity partner jump more than 11 percent in 2013, to $1.285 million—the highest profits ever for the firm. This comes on the back of 5 percent revenue growth, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Inadmissible: Don't (P)isrespect the Alamo

: Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

Why is urinating on the Alamo such a big deal from a legal perspective? Chapter 28 of the Texas Penal Code makes it a state jail felony to deface a public monument or place of human burial.

Two Houston Partners Leave V&E to Open Litigation Boutique

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 05, 2014

Vinson & Elkins partners Robert Schick and Morgan Copeland Jr. of Houston left V&E on Feb. 3 to open litigation boutique Schick & Copeland on Feb. 4.

When Can Libel Plaintiffs Defeat Media Motions for Summary Judgment?

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 05, 2014

Truth is a defense to libel claims, which often leads Texas courts to grant summary judgment rulings in favor of media entities—but not always.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

Tex Parte: Daniel Stewart leaves V&E to build bankruptcy practice at Patton Boggs

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

The Churn: Dechert and MoFo's Revolving Door, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Morrison & Foerster hires the Justice Department's top Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcer Charles Duross, while Dechert's white-collar and securities litigation cochair Benjamin Rosenberg is poised to leave his firm to become the New York County District Attorney's Office's next general counsel. Meanwhile, a Paul Weiss litigation partner is headed for the nonprofit sector. .

In-House Counsel Profile: Erin Lewin, senior vice presidentand general counsel for Avnet Inc.

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Erin Lewin heads a legal department of 114 people, including 23 lawyers and 60 contract managers. Roughly half the attorneys are located outside the United States.

The Asian Lawyer Announces Awards Finalists

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce the finalists in nine industry categories for The Asian Lawyer All-Star law firm awards.

Latham, Cravath Lead on $4.15 Billion J&J Unit Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Private equity firm The Carlyle Group is purchasing a blood-testing unit of Johnson & Johnson in a deal worth $4.15 billion. Latham is advising Carlyle on the purchase, while Cravath is lead counsel to Johnson & Johnson. Baker & McKenzie and Freshfields also landed roles advising J&J.

Anonymous Police Tips Face High Court Scrutiny

Jamie Schuman : The National Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Anyone who has driven on Highway 1 in California knows that parts of the road are curvy and hard to maneuver. But does an anonymous tip about a swerving car give a cop license to pull the vehicle over even though the officer did not see dangerous driving? The Supreme Court will consider that question on Jan. 21 in .

Big Energy Deal for $750 Million in Cash

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 13, 2014

Richard Black, senior vice president and general counsel of Fieldwood Energy LLC , turned to Thompson & Knight for the Houston company's pending acquisition of Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast assets from SandRidge Energy for $750 million in cash.

Week of January 13

: Texas Lawyer : January 13, 2014

Nandita Berry, former senior counsel at Locke Lord in Houston, has been appointed Texas secretary of state by Gov. Rick Perry. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Second City Shanghai

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2014

Despite its reputation as China's New York, Shanghai still doesn't compare as a financial—or legal—center. Not to New York, not to Hong Kong, not even to Beijing. A Shanghai office has become dispensable to some international law firms, and Beijing-based firms increasingly dominate the domestic profession. Could policy shifts, including the unveiling of a new Free Trade Zone, start to help Shanghai live up to its amazing skyline?

Thompson & Knight, V&E, Simpson Lead on Offshore Oil Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

SandRidge Energy is selling its Gulf of Mexico oil and gas holdings to private equity-backed Fieldwood Energy for $750 million in cash and the assumption of $370 million in liabilities. Thompson & Knight is advising Fieldwood on the deal, Simpson Thacher helped the company line up the necessary financing, and Vinson & Elkins is representing SandRidge.

Akin Acts on Landmark Israeli-Palestinian Natural Gas Deal

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

A pair of Dewey & LeBoeuf defectors now with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are advising the Palestinian Power Generation Company on a 20-year, $1.2 billion deal to purchase natural gas from Israel's Leviathan offshore gas field. Meanwhile, several other energy-related transactions announced this week have yielded roles for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Vinson & Elkins.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2014

Twitter IPO; Devon Energy/GeoSouthern/Crosstex;American Realty/Cole; Shire/Viropharma

Countries Approach Fracking With Interest and Caution

Stephen L. Kass : New York Law Journal : January 02, 2014

In his International Environmental Law column, Carter Ledyard & Milburn partner Stephen L. Kass discusses the current fracking debate in Europe and several Asian, African and Latin American countries, including the extent to which the resolution of concerns about fracking's environmental impacts in the United States may affect policy decisions abroad.

Inadmissible: New Texas Secretary of State

: Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2013

In politics, it never hurts if a candidate for office—appointed or elected—has a really good background story to tell the public at large. And that certainly is the case for Locke Lord senior counsel Nandita Berry whom Gov. Rick Perry appointed as Texas Secretary of State on Dec. 19.

For Large Law Firms, 2013 Was a Year of Expansion, Pseudo-Mergers

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : January 24, 2013

For Pennsylvania's large law firms, 2013 was a year of office expansion and pseudo-mergers.

Texas Trio Take Lead on Xmas Energy M&A Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Vinson & Elkins are advising on two big energy industry deals announced Monday: Regency Energy Partners' nearly $1.3 billion buy of two Texas pipeline systems and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' roughly $1 billion acquisition of two tanker companies that transport crude oil.

Embracing Change: Looking Back at Lateral Moves in the Lone Star State in 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2013

The year 2013 was a tumultuous one in the Lone Star State's legal market, with a number of significant lateral groups moving to new firms and several out-of-state firms, lured by the energy industry's strength, establishing offices here.

How to Avoid Forming Accidental Contracts via Email

Jason A. Levine : Corporate Counsel : January 16, 2013

Email is an indispensable business tool. But the speed and informality of email can lead to the accidental use of contract-forming language, resulting in unintentional binding agreements.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2013

Delphine Brown joins Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider's intellectual property group as partner in the New York office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Dentons Adds Toronto Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Dentons lands a top Canadian deal lawyer from Baker & McKenzie; Abercrombie & Fitch hires a general counsel from the ranks of Greenberg Traurig; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett expands in Houston.

Amid Deal Doldrums, Energy M&A Still Flows to Some Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Though the volume of energy-related M&A transactions has dipped to a nine-year low, Herbert Smith Freehills, Norton Rose Fulbright, Vinson & Elkins and White & Case are closing out 2013 by grabbing leading roles on a spate of big deals tied to the industry.

Deal of the Week: V&E Participates in Pending Power Plant Purchase

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2013

Vinson & Elkins represents Wayzata Investment Partners LLC in MinnTex Power Holdings LLC's pending sale of a power plant in Guadalupe County to Calpine Corp. for about $625 million. Houston-based Calpine turned to White & Case.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 05, 2013

Four firms announce new additions, while Mayer Brown, Weil Gotshal and Certilman Balin announce promotions.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Applied Materials / Tokyo Electron; Koch Industries / Molex; Ares/CPPIB / Neiman Marcus; Regency Energy / PVR

Digital Library Aids Lawyers in NLRB Case

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2013

The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court argument over the president's power to make recess appointments has sent lawyers and researchers hunting through centuries-old documents for historical evidence to prove just how broad or narrow the power is.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2013

The general counsel of American Express is slated to join Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in April; Morrison & Foerster expands in Washington, D.C., with a hire from O'Melveny & Myers; and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn adds an intellectual property partner. .

Jones Day, Vinson Help Secure North Dakota Pipeline Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2013

Marathon Petroleum has turned to Jones Day to negotiate its agreement to serve as the primary distributor of oil that will flow through Enbridge's $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline. The Canadian company's battle to build a pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific Ocean is the subject of a feature story in this month's issue of The American Lawyer.

Skadden, Simpson Hang Hats on Another Shale Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2013

In the latest big energy deal out of shale-rich Texas, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom is advising Devon Energy on its $6 billion acquisition of assets from private equity-backed GeoSouthern Energy. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, which opened a Houston office two years ago, has taken the lead for GeoSouthern.

A Southeast Asian Hedge?

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 18, 2013

High growth in places like Malaysia and the Philippines continues to draw the attention of international firms. But can a practice focused on such markets really make up for slower growth in China and beyond?

Asia Deal Digest: November 14, 2013

Quiteria Leung : The Asian Lawyer : January 14, 2013

* Vinson & Elkins on CNPC's $2.6 billion Peruvian oilfield buy* MoFo and Wilson Sonsini take the lead on a $917 million Chinese semiconductor deal* Clifford Chance helps MSG giant Ajinomoto buy into the Turkish sauce market

V&E on Petrochina's $2.6 Billion Deal with Petrobras

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 13, 2013

The Chinese state-owned oil giant is buying its Brazilian counterpart's stake in three oil and gas fields in Peru.

Am Law 100, Canadian Firms Advise on Big Energy Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2013

Foreign buyers and private-equity firms continued to spur activity in the energy M&A sector over the past week, yielding roles for Andrews Kurth; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jones Day; Locke Lord; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Vinson & Elkins; and leading Canadian firms Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt and Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer.

American-US Airways Merger Wins DOJ's OK, With Conditions

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2013

With less than two weeks to go before trial, the Justice Department has reached a proposed settlement with American Airlines and US Airways, allowing their $11 billion merger to go forward in exchange for major divestitures.

A Q&A with the General Counsel for Southwest Airlines

Mary Welch : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

Mark Shaw is the vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Southwest Airlines Co. He has been with Southwest for 13 years, and prior to becoming GC in February 2013, he was the associate general counsel-corporate and transactions.

Transactions and Aircraft Leasing Top Agenda for Southwest Airlines GC

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

Mark R. Shaw is the vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Southwest Airlines Co. He has been with Southwest for 13 years and prior to becoming GC in February 2013, he was the associate general counsel-corporate and transactions. In that role, one of his primary areas of responsibility was aircraft finance and lease transactions.

Five Firms Advise on $3.5 Billion Consol Coal Mine Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 28, 2013

Consol Energy has agreed to sell five of its coal mining operations in West Virginia to Murray Energy in a deal worth $3.5 billion—including cash, assumed debt and future considerations. Kirkland & Ellis is advising Murray, while Consol has turned to attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll, Greenberg Traurig, Wachtell and West Virginia's Steptoe & Johnson.

Dealmaker of the Week: V&E's Jeff Floyd Leads Teams on Two Major Energy Deals

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2013

In a year when he's already managed Vinson & Elkins' work on five deals, each valued at more than $1 billion, Houston mergers-and-acquisitions partner Jeff Floyd led deal teams on two major energy deals announced this week.

CVR Energy Sues Wachtell Over Role in Icahn Spat

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2013

In a suit filed Thursday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., CVR Energy accuses Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and corporate partners Andrew Brownstein and Benjamin Roth of malpractice in representing the oil refining company in its unsuccessful effort to fend off a hostile takeover by activist investor Carl Icahn. The suit states that Wachtell received $6 million for its work advising CVR.