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Vinson & Elkins LLP

  • Designation: Houston
  • Head Count: 608
  • Gross Revenues: $627,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,030,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,885,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -5

Vinson & Elkins is a Houston-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Vinson & Elkins has 624 attorneys and is the 62nd largest firm in the United States.  With $653,500,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 50th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Vinson & Elkins ranked as the 58th 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 55 -5 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 55 -5 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

Texas Big Law Scales Back Donations to Attorney General Ken Paxton

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : April 29, 2016

Since his own legal troubles began last summer, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has not received the love –specifically, in the form of cash contributions to his officeholder's account--from big Texas law firms that his predecessor netted.

Big Firms Fuel Up on Energy Sector Bankruptcies

Brian Baxter : The American Lawyer : April 28, 2016

The administrative office of the U.S. Courts said Thursday that bankruptcy filings fell 8.5 percent over the past year. But one sector where Chapter 11 work hasn't dried up is the energy industry, where Kirkland & Ellis and Jones Day are siphoning off new assignments.

Making Lawyers Look Good Online

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Targeting a new generation of clients, website designs aim to make attorneys seem more likable.

5 Big Texas Firms on Am Law 100 List

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 25, 2016

Five large Texas firms were among the 100 highest-grossing firms in 2015, as reported in the Am Law 100 list.

White Star To Acquire $200M in Shale Assets From Devon Energy

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : April 21, 2016

White Star Petroleum is using the firm of Porter Hedges for its pending acquisition of Mississippi Lime and Woodford Shale assets for $200 million from Devon Energy Corp., which is being represented in the deal by two Houston Vinson & Elkins partners.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : April 20, 2016

Four firms announce new additions, while Littler Mendelson announces new co-chairs of the firm's financial services industry group and Skadden names six new partners.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Texas Lawyer's Firm Financial Coverage

: Texas Lawyer : April 12, 2016

Reports for Texas Lawyer's annual firm finance coverage are coming in. Check back often to this page for the latest insights on firm revenue, net income and other metrics. Included below Texas Lawyer's articles is a link to The American Lawyer's growing list of financial reports.

Holland & Knight Adds Partner Quartet, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2016

Holland & Knight keeps hiring; Kirkland picks up one from Paul Weiss; Proskauer Rose reels in some heavy-hitters; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : April 07, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Latest Lateral Mystery Stars Bracewell Partner, White & Case

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : April 05, 2016

Lateral partner moves in Big Law tend to be highly scripted affairs, but sometimes the players go off script.

Vinson & Elkins Raids Hunton & Williams REIT Practice in Three Cities

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : April 04, 2016

The moves continue a trickle of recent departures from Hunton & Williams across several practices.

Liberty Oilfield Services To Buy Assets of Canadian Fracking Equipment Company

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : April 04, 2016

Sanjel Corporation, which is based in Alberta, Canada, recently announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of its U.S. fracturing, coiled tubing and cementing assets to Liberty Oilfield Services for an undisclosed amount.

Houston Locke Lord Partner Named Chairman of Firm's Banking and Real Estate Department; Plus Other 'On The Move' News

: Texas Lawyer : April 04, 2016

Douglas A. Yeager, a Houston partner in Locke Lord, has been named chairman of the firm's Finance, Banking and Real Estate Department.

National Firms Stampede Into Houston Despite Drop in Oil Prices

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : April 04, 2016

Out-of-state firms continue to move into Houston, the nation's energy capital, despite the low oil and gas prices.

Oil Plunge Puts Employment Lawyers to Work

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : April 04, 2016

With the price of oil plunging from more than $100 a barrel to less than $30, energy companies are struggling with a myriad of labor and employment challenges, including some that have forced them into the courts.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 31, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

V&E, Kirkland, Skadden Work on Deal Involving The Woodlands Company

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : March 28, 2016

Vinson & Elkins represents Nexeo Solutions Holdings of The Woodlands in pending acquisition by WL Ross Holdings in deal valued at $1.575 billion.


: The National Law Journal : March 28, 2016

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

Targa Resources Upsizes Total Stock Deal to Around $1 Billion

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : March 24, 2016

Targa recently announced that it has received definitive agreements from a number of investors for the purchase of its preferred stock totaling approximately $1 billion.

Deal Watch: Jones Day, Weil and Wachtell Paint the Town

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 24, 2016

A bucket of Am Law 100 firms have soaked up work on a big-time paint industry purchase.

Katten Litigation Co-Leader Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce adds a high-profile partner from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Greenberg Traurig and Holland & Knight trade hires; Winston & Strawn's arbitration co-chair departs; and other notable additions from around The Am Law 200.

Deal Watch: Seven Firms Gorge on $13 Billion Pipeline Union

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2016

Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden, Mayer Brown, Crowell & Moring and a trio of leading Canadian firms are advising on TransCanada Corp.'s proposed $13 billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.

INADMISSIBLE: Scholars Urge Senate Action on SCOTUS

: The National Law Journal : March 14, 2016

More than 350 legal scholars last week called on the Senate to fulfill its constitutional obligation to consider President Barack Obama's upcoming U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Plus more in this week's column.

2016 New Partner Announcements

: The American Lawyer : March 14, 2016

The American Lawyer invites firms to send us the names of their new partners for 2016. Please send submissions to

Kirkland Raids Simpson for Another M&A Partner

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 09, 2016

Peter Martelli, a corporate partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, recently resigned from the firm. After serving a 90-day gardening leave, Martelli will join Kirkland & Ellis, which has frequently raided Simpson Thacher in recent years.

Vinson & Elkins' Washington Office Gets New Managing Partner

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : March 07, 2016

Vinson & Elkins partner Michael Charness has stepped down as managing partner of the Washington office, and antitrust partner Craig Seebald will take on the job, the firm said this month.

Tech Firms Lead Way in Golden State

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 04, 2016

Wilson, Fenwick and Joe Conroy's Cooley see revenues and profits surge, while other California-focused firms delivered modest to healthy gains in 2015.

Gross, Net Dip in 2015 at Vinson & Elkins

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : March 04, 2016

Chairman Mark Kelly said flat financials in 2015 follow the firm's record year of 2014.

Jones Day Taps King & Wood Mallesons Energy Duo in Beijing

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : March 01, 2016

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyers Dirk Walker and Dina Yin both advise state-owned Chinese oil and gas companies on cross-border transactions.