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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 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 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

Miami Makes Mark By Hearing Panama Canal Dispute

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 22, 2014

The Panama Canal Authority and the contractor expanding its locks are arbitrating a $1.6 billion dispute in Miami.

The Churn: Baker and Quinn Expand, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Baker & McKenzie heads to Brisbane, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan takes its litigation prowess to Houston and a trio of partners leave Kirkland & Ellis in our latest look at notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Kirkland's $5 Million Man Leads on Texas Energy Deal

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

A little more than two months after Kirkland & Ellis made waves by heading to Houston with its hire of Andrew Calder from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, the firm has snagged a key role advising longtime Simpson Thacher private equity client KKR on its creation of an oil and gas joint venture with Riverstone Holdings that will be one of the largest operators in Texas' Barnett Shale formation.

Fredrikson & Byron Hires in Shanghai

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 09, 2014

The Minneapolis-based firm recruited Sharon Shi, who was the London-based head of Eversheds' China desk.

The Price Is Right: Firms Look to Pricing and Practice Managers to Tailor Fee Agreements

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Amid a legal market transformation, clients took charge of pricing and demanded alternatives to the billable hour. Making a buck became harder, as law firms faced the possibility of costs higher than their fees.

IN BRIEF: Leaving Abu Dhabi

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Six years after it opened, Holland & Knight is closing its Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, office and exiting the Middle East. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

The Churn: Holland & Knight Hires Again, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Only days after confirming the closure of its Abu Dhabi office to focus on the Americas, Holland & Knight has brought on an 11-strong team by raiding an energy boutique for half of its lawyers. The Am Law Daily looks at those hires and more new arrivals from throughout the Am Law 200.

Parsing the Privilege

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A company conducting an internal investigation isn't necessarily covered.

The Churn: Fitzpatrick Cella Leader Leaves, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Mayer Brown has hired Colleen Tracy, former managing partner of New York-based Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where she took the IP firm's leadership reins in 2009. The Am Law Daily looks at Tracy's move and other new arrivals throughout The Am Law 200.

Canadian Deals

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

White House Touts Law Firm Pro Bono Work

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden expressed his support for law firm pro bono programs during a meeting this month with representatives from more than a dozen firms.

Six Years And Out: Holland & Knight Shuts Down In Abu Dhabi

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 30, 2014

Six years after its opening, Holland & Knight will close its only Middle East office in Abu Dhabi.

Inadmissible: A Red Raider Returns

: Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

A senator who played major roles in reforming Texas' civil justice system is leaving the Texas Senate. Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, becomes the next chancellor of the Texas Tech University System on July 7.

Vinson & Elkins Rolls Up Sleeves on $2.86 Billion Merger of Oil Field Services Businesses

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

On June 25, C&J announced a definitive agreement for the merger of the oil field services businesses.

Energy Deals on Both Sides of Border Yield Roles for Vinson

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Vinson & Elkins continued to ride the oil and gas energy M&A boom in North America this week, grabbing roles for Devon Energy on its $2.3 billion sale of noncore U.S. natural gas assets to Linn Energy, as well as private equity-backed Jupiter Resources on its $1.8 billion purchase of properties in Alberta from Canada's Encana.

Power Players: Texas Energy Attorneys Prepare to Advise Clients on Obama Administration's Climate-Change Proposals

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 30, 2014

"They are swinging for the fences for something that would radically change the way our distribution of electricity works," said Bracewell & Giuliani Austin partner Tim Wilkins.

Appeals Court: KBR Can Keep Docs Secret From Whistleblower

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. doesn't have to disclose certain documents to a whistleblower, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday in a dispute that raised concern among companies about the confidentiality of communication with in-house lawyers.

The Churn: Paul Weiss, Squire Patton Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

A big week for lateral moves saw Paul Weiss pluck a prominent prosecutor, the newly minted Squire Patton Boggs make another key addition and a rare departure from Wachtell Lipton. The Am Law Daily has the lowdown on the latest comings-and-goings from throughout The Am Law 200.

Appeals Court: KBR Can Keep Docs Secret From Whistleblower

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. doesn't have to disclose certain documents to a whistleblower, the D.C. Circuit ruled on Friday in a dispute that raised concern among companies about the confidentiality of communications with in-house lawyers.

Appeals Court: KBR Can Keep Docs From Whistleblower

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. doesn't have to disclose certain documents to a whistleblower, a federal appeals court ruled in a dispute that raised concern among companies about the confidentiality of communication with in-house lawyers.

K&L Gates Recruits Energy Partner in Singapore

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

John King, who specializes in liquefied natural gas projects, was formerly a Perth-based partner at Clayton Utz.

Vinson & Elkins Dance Video Goes Viral

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 24, 2014

In the video, the likes of Vinson & Elkins partners Harry Reasoner, Marie Yeates and firm chairman Mark Kelly get their groove on to the Pharrell song "Happy."

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Day Pitney, White & Case, Paul Weiss and Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz have each added a partner, while the Fund for Modern Courts has added new members to its board of directors.

$500M Investment in Pipeline Company

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2014

Locke Lord represented Navitas Midstream Partners, based in The Woodlands, in a deal with Warburg Pincus calling for the private equity firm to lead an investment of up to $500 million in equity in the oil and gas pipeline company.

Facebook Threats Case to Get Supreme Court Review

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 16, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon be grappling with classic First Amendment principles in the modern-day social-media context of a case involving threatening posts on Facebook.

That's No Bull: Cattle, Counterclaims and $25 Million in Damages

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2014

How did the lawyers persuade the jury that their client, "a family business with primary owners"—good witnesses "who came across as extremely genuine"—deserved that hefty damage award?

That's No Bull: Cattle, Counterclaims and $25 Million in Damages

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 11, 2014

How did the lawyers persuade the jury that their client, "a family business with primary owners"—good witnesses "who came across as extremely genuine"—deserved that hefty damage award?

Inadmissible: Judge Scales Mount Rainier

: Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Just days before six climbers on Mount Rainier went missing, U.S. District Judge Rob Junell of the Western District of Texas in Midland was making a similar ascent.

Week of June 9

: Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Shauna Wright, partner in Kelly Hart & Hallman in Fort Worth, has been awarded the 2014 Pro Bono Coordinator Award from the State Bar of Texas.

Big Energy Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

The Lone Star State is a driving force in the energy business, so it's not surprising that four of the 10 largest Texas deals in 2013 were energy transactions.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

What Texas Firms Worked on the Big Deals in 2013?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2014

Spurred by strength in energy deals and financings, seven Texas firms made the charts in "Corporate Scorecard 2014," The American Lawyer's rankings of the nation's top dealmakers in 2013.

The Churn: Edwards Wildman, Polsinelli Bulk Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Polsinelli poach toxic tort team on opposite coasts, the newly combined Squire Patton Boggs makes its first lateral hire, Foley & Lardner gets a new COO and more lateral moves from across The Am Law 200.

Texas' Top Deals of 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 03, 2014

The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2013.

BigTex Firm Names New Managing Partner for Houston Office

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The incoming managing partner of the office says he'll focus on lateral hiring.

The Diversity Crisis: Big Firms' Continuing Failure

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Large firms have long lagged in matters of diversity, and their record on hiring and promoting African-Americans is especially bleak. Why have firms fallen so short, and what can be done about it?

Big Canadian Deals

Brian Baxter, Marlisse Silver Sweeney, Tom Huddleston Jr. : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Yamana–Agnico-Eagle / Osisko; CPPIB / Wilton Re; Encana / TPG Capital

Am Law Trio Help Koch Slake Petro Thirst

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

Jones Day is advising an affiliate of Koch Industries on its $2.1 billion purchase of PetroLogistics, which is being represented by Vinson & Elkins and Weil.

The Churn: Patton, Squire Make Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs add lawyers as their merger talks move toward a resolution, Troutman opens in Charlotte and bankruptcy boutiques get busy.

Bingham Chair Zimmerman to Shed Daily Duties

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Five months after posting its worst-ever single-year decline in profitability, Bingham McCutchen said Tuesday that longtime chairman Jay Zimmerman will formally hand over day-to-day management of the firm to managing partner Steven Browne as of June 1.

Business Groups Spread Alarm Over Ruling in Whistleblower Case

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

A federal appellate court in Wash­ington has waded into a closely watched dispute that has cast into question the confidentiality of corporate communications with in-house lawyers.

When the Whites-Only Sign Came Down at Big Law

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2014

Jim Plummer notes that many African-American lawyers in Houston at the time, including his father, the late Matthew Plummer Sr., were members of the Houston Lawyers Association, which was formed in 1955 because they could not join the Houston Bar Association.

Weil's Awkward Transition

Vivia Chen : The American Lawyer : January 12, 2014

When Weil, Gotshal & Manges embarked on a strategic overhaul, some partners headed for the exits.

Present at the Creation: The Rise of the EEOC and Employment Law

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2014

"I'll give credit to lots of lawyers for the employer community who spoke to their clients and said, 'No, you can't do this anymore. … You have to change,'" explained John Schmelzer, a 38-year veteran of the EEOC.

Firms Ranked by Revenue Per Lawyer

: The American Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Average revenue per lawyer for The Am Law 100 declined in 2013, the first time since 2009, albeit only slightly.

Latham Leads on Big Shale Sale

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

The firm is advising Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold's oil and gas unit on the $3.1 billion sale of its Eagle Ford shale assets in Texas, the latest in a string of U.S. energy deals announced over the past week.

Attorney-Client Privilege Dispute Lands Before DC Circuit

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday waded into a dispute between the lawyers for a whistleblower and Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. over whether the company can withhold papers it says are protected by attorney-client privilege.

The Churn: Winston Bulks Up in IP and Asia, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Despite a recent round of layoffs, Winston & Strawn has hired a four-strong corporate team in Hong Kong and a three-partner IP team in San Francisco.

KBR Takes Whistleblower Dispute to DC Circuit

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 05, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear a dispute between the lawyers for a whistleblower and Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. over a judge's order compelling the company to disclose certain documents.

KBR Takes Attorney-Client Dispute to D.C. Circuit

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 05, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this week will hear a dispute between the lawyers for a whistleblower and Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. over a judge's order compelling the company to disclose certain documents.

$1.8 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 05, 2014

Lack of Specificity Sinks Fee Award

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 05, 2014

For the third time in two years, the Texas Supreme Court has struck down an attorney fee award because lawyers didn't tell a trial court exactly how much time they spent on each task.

Lack of Specificity Sinks Fee Award

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 01, 2014

For the third time in two years, the Texas Supreme Court has struck down an attorney fee award because lawyers didn't tell a trial court exactly how much time they spent on each task.

Kirkland Grabs Role on Big Bankruptcy From Bygone Era

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas energy giant once known as TXU, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in Delaware.

$1.8 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 29, 2014

Energy Transfer Partners turned to Vinson & Elkins for the Dallas energy company's pending acquisition of Susser Holdings Corp. in a unit and cash transaction valued at $1.8 billion. Susser is using a team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Mayer Brown: Record Profits Follow Some Bad Press

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

A year after its negative portrayal in The New Republic, the firm reports its highest profits ever.

Fifth Court Tosses Suit Against Lawyers, Arbitrator

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

"Therefore, on this record, we conclude appellants' complaints are 'about' the arbitration in the underlying business dispute," wrote Justice Douglas Lang for the Fifth Court. "Consequently, because appellants' complaints in this case did not present 'a statutory ground to vacate or modify an arbitration award,' the trial court lacked jurisdiction to review those complaints."

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Albertsons / Safeway; Men's Wearhouse / Jos. A. Bank; Media General / LIN; Energy XXI / EPL Oil & Gas

Texas Lawyer's Annual Firm Finance Report: Which Firms Were in the Money?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Only three firms posted double-digit increases in gross revenue in 2013. Only two firms posted double-digit decreases.

Firm Finance Report: Firm-by-Firm Analysis

: Texas Lawyer : January 25, 2014

Kirkland Woos Simpson Dealmaker to Open Houston Outpost

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

K&E enters Space City by landing a young dealmaker with private equity ties.

The Careerist: Wachtell Lipton Is Family Friendly?

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 21, 2014

The ultimate high-intensity firm is also sensitive to personal needs?

$156 Million in Treble Damages Sought in Antitrust Case After Win

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 14, 2014

The verdict has broad implications for businesses in the Gulf Coast area, said Paul Yetter, a partner in Yetter Coleman in Houston who represents MM Steel in the lawsuit.

Whistleblower Barred from Double-Dipping Against Verizon

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 11, 2014

An appeals court has tossed a False Claims Act case against Verizon Communications Inc., ruling that the suit is barred by an earlier case in which the same whistleblower netted a big settlement. Wilmer Hale Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr advised Verizon.

The Churn: Ten McKenna Partners Join Sheppard Mullin, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Sheppard Mullin adds 10 McKenna Long partners in Southern California; three patent litigators land at O'Melveny; and Weil hires a Goldman Sachs restructuring specialist.

Remembering Dallas Bond Lawyer Ray Hutchison

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 07, 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.

Facebook Case Tests Scope of 'True Threat'

Michelle Olsen : Supreme Court Brief : January 07, 2014

A man convicted of making threats using Facebook has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a circuit split over what constitutes a "true threat."

Plaintiffs Firm Accuses KBR of Silencing Whistleblowers

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 04, 2014

Thanks to some aggressive litigating by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, regulators and legislators are reportedly looking into whether military contractor KBR Inc. silenced whistleblowing by requiring employees to sign confidentiality agreements.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

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.

Whistleblower Ruling Raises Alarm Among Corporate Counsel

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Raising concerns about the protection of attorney-client privilege, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups this month challenged a federal trial judge's ruling that contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. must hand over documents to a whistleblower's lawyer.

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.

ACC, US Chamber Protest Whistleblower Privilege Decision

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 21, 2014

Raising concerns about the protection of attorney-client privilege, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups this week challenged a federal trial judge's ruling that ordered contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. to hand over documents to lawyers for a whistleblower.

ACC, US Chamber Protest Whistleblower Privilege Decision

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : January 21, 2014

The Association of Corporate Counsel, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups challenged a federal trial judge's ruling that raised concerns about attorney-client privilege.

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.

Sidley, V&E Advise on $2.3 Billion Upstream Energy Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Energy XXI has agreed to acquire rival exploration and production company EPL Oil & Gas in a deal that will create a leading oil producer on the continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. Vinson & Elkins is advising Energy XXI on the purchase, while EPL has turned to Sidley Austin.

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.

Justices Weigh Class Action Compromise in Halliburton Case

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 05, 2014

Wednesday's blockbuster arguments on the fate of securities class actions pitted Boies Schiller's David Boies against Aaron Streett of Baker Botts. But an amicus brief filed by Vinson & Elkins on behalf of a group of law professors nearly stole the show.

Justices Might Shy from Overturning Class Action Precedent

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 05, 2014

Despite the urgent plea of business advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared reluctant to completely overturn a key precedent that has made it easier for plaintiffs to sue companies for securities fraud.

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.

How Latham Cracked the Houston Market

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2014

When the firm decided to beef up its oil and gas practice, it recruited heavily from the city's Big Three.

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.

Law Firms Back Narrow Right of Court Access in Delaware Appeal

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Two dozen major law firms came together on Monday to send an unlikely message to the U.S. Supreme Court: It's time to clamp down on open access to government.

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.

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

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 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.

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.

When Can Libel Plaintiffs Defeat Media Motions for Summary Judgment?

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

A physician can proceed to trial on his libel claim against an Austin TV reporter and her station after the Texas Supreme Court denied rehearing and issued a corrected opinion.

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.

Am Law 200 Firms Stake Claims in Houston

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

Drawn by the oil and gas boom, plenty of other firms have followed Latham's lead into Houston.

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. .

Finance, Media Defendants Beat RealTime Patent Suits

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 28, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has brought a near-certain end to RealTime Data's patent infringement campaign against a large swath of the financial services industry.

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.