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Vinson & Elkins LLP

  • Designation: Houston
  • Head Count: 624
  • Gross Revenues: $653,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,045,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,925,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 0

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 50 0 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 50 0 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

How Firms Provide Help on the Front End

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 20, 2015

Texas firms have ways to identify and deal with lawyer substance abuse and depression problems among lawyers.

K&L Gates Expands Abroad and Shutters in Spokane, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2015

New partners join K&L Gates in Sydney and Warsaw as the firm closes a U.S. office; Norton Rose Fulbright loses two practice leaders; Sutherland snags a Kaye Scholer project finance head; and other notable address changes from throughout The Am Law 200.

Court Rules Against Church of Scientology in Bizarre Case

John Council : Texas Lawyer : November 17, 2015

Austin's Third Court of Appeals rules that the church doesn't have a constitutional right to harass a woman by stalking her, sending her a sex toy at work and publishing allegations that she'd had a secret sex-change operation.

Defense Claims Courthouse Was Illegally Bugged

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 16, 2015

Attorneys are seeking to suppress recordings captured by three listening devices planted outside the San Mateo County courthouse.

10th Circuit Holds Master Limited Partnership Citizenship Based on Individual Unitholders

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : November 16, 2015

Recently, in a case of first impression at the appellate level, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled in "Grynberg v. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners" that the citizenship of a master limited partnership is to be determined by looking to the citizenship of each unitholder.

Deal Watch: Wachtell, Linklaters Charge Up on Big Visa Buy

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : November 05, 2015

The Global 100 duo grabbed roles on a $23.3 billion deal by payment processing giant Visa.

V&E Represents Targa Resources in $6.7 Billion Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 04, 2015

Vinson & Elkins represents Targa Resources Corp. (TRC) in the Houston pipeline company's pending acquisition, for about $6.7 billion, of all outstanding units of Targa Resources Partners (TRP) that it doesn't already own.

7 Noteworthy Legal Tech Job Moves for October 2015

Zach Warren : Legaltech News : November 04, 2015

Legaltech News runs down the movements from legal technology movers and shakers

Parody Treatment of Movie Afforded Copyright Protection

Larry Neumeister : The Associated Press : November 03, 2015

An author's irreverent stage tribute to the 1991 Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves action movie "Point Break" is entitled to copyright protection even though she did not seek permission from the filmmakers to create the parody, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Meet our 2015 Lifetime Achievement Winners

Heather D. Nevitt : Texas Lawyer : November 03, 2015

This list recognizes lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State.

Lifetime Achiever: Carol E. Dinkins

: Texas Lawyer : November 02, 2015

RAAM Global Energy Seeks Shelter in Chapter 11 Filing

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : November 02, 2015

RAAM Global Energy Company, which like many energy companies has been struggling financially since the decline in oil and natural gas prices in 2014, recently filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

Lifetime Achiever: Dee J. Kelly

: Texas Lawyer : November 02, 2015

When Dee J. Kelly passed away on Oct. 2 at age 86, he left a legacy of civic leadership and a prominent law firm under the direction of his son Dee Kelly Jr.

High School Students Learn Finesse of Lawyering from Washington's Top Litigators

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 29, 2015

Blank Rome's tutor relationship with Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington began in January. Now the attorneys have bonded with a second set of students. In addition to Blank Rome, firms such as Jenner & Block, Crowell & Moring and Vinson & Elkins have been involved in the program for more than a decade, from the first years of the school when it was originally located in a church in Congress Heights. Clifford Chance also pitched in often, tutoring and in helping to paint classrooms.

Lawyer 'Hackathon' Aims to Narrow Big Law Gender Gap

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : October 29, 2015

Caren Stacy hopes a little competition may help firms find ways to attract and retain women lawyers.

Linklaters Lands Baker & McKenzie Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 28, 2015

Douglas Tween, chair of Baker & McKenzie's white-collar practice and head of the firm's New York litigation department, is headed to Magic Circle firm Linklaters; Cravath hires from Simpson Thacher; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

New Clinic Provides Pro Bono Advice to Small Business Owners

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : October 27, 2015

Vinson & Elkins is involved in a Virtual Legal Lab, which offers pro bono advice via Skype to small business owners in Houston.

2015 New Associate Survey: More Women, Minorities Among New Texas Associates

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : October 26, 2015

The number of new associates starting work this fall in Texas at the firms with the most lawyers in Texas is flat compared with 2014, but more women and minorities are among them.

Fee Tracker: Big Firms Feast on IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 23, 2015

Simpson Thacher and Davis Polk divvy up fees from the largest IPO of 2015; a look at the nation's top legal lobbying shops; and other billables of note from throughout the Am Law 200 universe.

Deal Watch: Am Law 100 Firms Stack Their Chips and Help Sell Stuy Town

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : October 22, 2015

Despite continued consolidation in the chipmaking sector, it was a real estate deal with a history steeped in the global financial crisis that was a reunion of sorts for several Am Law 100 firms.

Attorney Fees in Sam Wyly Bankruptcy Reach Over $5M

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : October 19, 2015

On Oct. 19, the one-year anniversary of the former billionaire and Texan Sam Wyly's filing for bankruptcy protection, a Dallas federal court already has approved $5 million in fees and expenses for lawyers working on the case. And those lawyers have also asked for additional money.

Big Texas Firms Face New Competitors at Home

Susan Beck and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : The American Lawyer : October 16, 2015

As out-of-state firms gain market share in the Lone Star State, native Texas firms are having to rethink their strategies.

Trevor Jefferies Joins CS Disco as Senior Client Counsel

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : October 14, 2015

'His real world expertise, of applying technology to the litigation process, will be invaluable to Disco.'

Senate Committee to Study Judicial Pay, Voting

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : October 13, 2015

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recently announced that he tasked a Senate committee with studying judicial pay raises and eliminating straight-party voting for judges, among other things.

Breitburn Energy Partners L.P.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : October 12, 2015

When oil and gas development and production company Breitburn Energy Partners L.P. set out to buy QR Energy L.P., it couldn't rely on its primary outside counsel, Vinson & Elkins, because Houston-based Vinson represented QR in the deal.

On the Move

: The Recorder : October 05, 2015

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

Remembering Fort Worth Lawyer Dee Kelly

John Council : Texas Lawyer : October 05, 2015

Dee Kelly, who founded Kelly Hart & Hallman in 1979 and became Fort Worth's most recognizable and politically-influential lawyer, died on Oct. 2. He was 86.

Seven Texas-Based Firms Among Nation's Most Fearsome

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : September 28, 2015

Two Houston firms are listed in "Awesome Opponents" category in BTI Litigation Outlook 2016 survey of in-house lawyers.

Unitholders Settle With Crestwood in Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : September 28, 2015

The Crestwood Midstream unitholders who filed a suit in May against the company's board of directors alleging breaches of fiduciary duty by the company's board of directors in connection with a proposed merger with Crestwood Equity now have announced that they have reached a settlement with the company.

Deal Watch: Davis Polk, Jones Day Take Lead on Latest Chipmaker Match

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : September 24, 2015

Microchips, airport services, rental properties and baby formula make up the latest batch of billion-dollar deals fueling the corporate coffers of global firms.