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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

Wine Lovers Relocate, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 14, 2015

Duane Morris and McKool Smith saw a pair of oenophiles pull up stakes for new endeavors; Kirkland & Ellis adds one litigator and loses two more; Paul Hastings bolsters its banking group in London; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Deal of the Week: V&E, Latham Work on Houston Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 13, 2015

Quantum Energy Partners will initially invest up to $1 billion in oil and gas entity that will be managed by Linn Energy of Houston.

Newsmakers: Week of April 13

: Texas Lawyer : April 13, 2015

Jeffrey E. Spiers, a Houston partner in Andrews Kurth, has been named the firm's executive director.

Smitherman Joining Firm With Powerful Energy Practice

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 06, 2015

Barry Smitherman, former chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and the Public Utiliities Commission of Texas, will join Vinson & Elkins' Austin office on April 1.

Andrews Kurth Represents Energy Start-up in Equity Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 02, 2015

Andrews Kurth represents Independence Resources Management, which secured a $500 million equity investment by a private equity company represented by Vinson & Elkins.

Morning Wrap: Menendez Fights Indictment With $1.2 Million Legal Defense

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : April 02, 2015

Sen. Bob Menendez now faces federal criminal charges because of his involvement with a political donor, an eye doctor from Florida: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

West Virginia's Steptoe & Johnson Lays Off Energy Lawyers

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 02, 2015

The energy firm, not to be confused with the international firm of the same name, laid off 32 people, including 14 lawyers. Steptoe & Johnson blamed plummeting oil prices that have impacted numerous law firms to varying degrees.

Courting Whistleblowers, SEC Targets KBR Secrecy Pacts

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : April 01, 2015

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday fined technology and engineering company KBR Inc. over confidentiality agreements that, the agency claims, could have silenced potential whistleblowers.

Paper Chase

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : April 01, 2015

Business groups lined up behind a company trying to keep what it says are privileged documents from a whistleblower.

Smitherman Joining Firm With Powerful Energy Practice

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : March 31, 2015

Barry Smitherman, former chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, will join Vinson & Elkins' Austin office on April 1.

Sheppard Mullin Snags Babs' Second Cousin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 31, 2015

Adam Streisand, head of Loeb & Loeb's trusts and estates litigation group, is headed to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Hogan Lovells heads to Australia and hires a DLA Piper practice leader; Baker Botts bulks up in the Middle East; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Corporate Scorecard: The Trends Driving Dealmaking

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : March 30, 2015

Transactions work was up across the board in 2014, with record-setting years in M&A and capital markets activity.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kirkland's Performance Accelerates in 2014

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : March 25, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis picked up momentum in 2014, with revenue increasing 6.6 percent, to $2.15 billion, and profits per partner lifting 7 percent, to $3.51 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. Revenue per lawyer increased 5.4 percent, to $1.365 million, while net income rose 8 percent, to $1.182 billion.

The Bankruptcy Files: Oil Slide a Boon to Some Big Firms

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 25, 2015

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Bracewell & Giuliani, Haynes and Boone, Kirkland & Ellis and Vinson & Elkins are some of the Am Law 200 firms that have snagged leading bankruptcy and restructuring roles in the struggling U.S. oil and gas sector.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : March 23, 2015

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

HSF's Southeast Asia Energy Head Leaves for King & Spalding

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 23, 2015

Richard Nelson is among a spate of departures from Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia offices in recent months.

Two Texas Partners Leave Vinson, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 10, 2015

Sidley Austin and Katten Muchin Rosenman snag Vinson & Elkins partners in Houston; Honigman adds a former U.S. senator; K&L Gates bags eight lawyers in two cities; Mayer Brown and Chadbourne & Parke make additions in Mexico City; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Firm Finance: V&E Posts Second Record Year in a Row

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : March 09, 2015

Gross revenue and net income improved at Houston-based Vinson & Elkins in 2014 compared with 2013.

2015 New Partners: H-L

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 06, 2015

Firm Finance: V&E Posts Second Record Year in a Row

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : March 03, 2015

Gross revenue and net income improved at Houston-based Vinson & Elkins in 2014 compared with 2013.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Shire / NPS; HeidelbergCement Asset Sale; Shake Shack IPO; Marlin / NuDevco / Azure; Facebook / Wit.ai / Quickfire; OnCore/ Tekmira

In Texas, One Go-To Law School Dominates the Rest

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : February 25, 2015

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. So, apparently, is the University of Texas School of Law's influence on the state's law firms.

Come to Texas, Y'all: Texas Lawyer's Lateral Moves Survey Shows Firm Growth in 2014

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : February 23, 2015

The 19 firms that participated in the Lateral Hiring Survey hired 6 percent more Texas laterals in 2014 than in 2013.

Appellate Wordsmiths Target Proposed Word-Length Cuts

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : February 19, 2015

A federal rule proposal to reduce the word limit for main appellate briefs prepared on a computer from 14,000 words to 12,500 words has triggered a wealth of opinions. Mostly negative.

Three Energy Partners Depart Cadwalader for Sidley Austin

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 18, 2015

A trio of high-profile energy partners based in Washington, D.C., is joining Sidley Austin from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm that saw partner profits decline in 2014. The three will be reunited with partner Robert Stephens, who left his post as head of Cadwalader's Houston office for Sidley Austin in January.

Dickstein Shapiro Continues to See Departures, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 15, 2015

Dickstein Shapiro's deputy IP practice leader joins Arent Fox; Brown Rudnick brings on two 'Big Short' litigators; Latham & Watkins hires in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200. On the Move is compiled from law firm announcements and reporting. Please send all memos and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.

M&A Expert: Maybe More Mergers Later This Year

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : February 09, 2015

Glenn Pinkerton, an energy lawyer and merger specialist with Sidley Austin, gives his predictions concerning the outlook for M&A activity in Texas in light of today's low oil prices.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

Lead Energy Finance Attorney Heads to Willkie's Houston Office

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

After a six-month stint at Bracewell & Giuliani, Michael Niebruegge has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's office in Houston, which opened in November. Niebruegge had been one of a couple of Houston-based defectors from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which recently posted a 15 percent decline in profits per partner for 2014.

Musings of an M&A Expert: Maybe More Mergers Later This Year

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : February 04, 2015

Glenn Pinkerton, an energy lawyer and merger specialist with Sidley Austin, gives his predictions concerning the outlook for M&A activity in Texas in light of today's low oil prices.