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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

Greenberg Traurig Keeps Growing, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 07, 2016

Greenberg Traurig shuffles its litigation ranks amid plans for global growth; another Kenyon & Kenyon partner departs; Bass Berry and Lewis Brisbois absorb small firms; Holland & Knight hires an ex-governor; and other additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Presidential Politics: Lawyers Join Grassroot Contributors

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : February 05, 2016

Ted Cruz's campaign, which he proclaimed as financed by a grassroots movement, received 1,423 donations from contributors who identified themselves as lawyers or attorneys. The average amount of each of those contributions was $577, according to calculations based on the Federal Election Commission reports.

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Texas Appleseed Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Founded in 1996, Texas Appleseed works to find justice and solutions to social and economic problems for underrepresented Texans, such as children, disabled people and low-income families.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Law Firms Still Optimistic as Chinese Stock Markets Swoon

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Even as the Chinese stock market bubble bursts, lawyers report that they're keeping busy with M&A, tech deals, and restructuring work. Don't count out Hong Kong IPOs, either.

Lateral All-Stars: The Splashiest Hires of 2015

James Schroeder : The American Lawyer : February 01, 2016

Twenty-five of last year's most notable and intriguing lateral moves.

Brant Stogner Named Partner in Houston-Based Abraham, Watkins; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

: Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2016

Brant J. Stogner, a trial lawyer, has been named a partner in Houston-based Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend.

Vinson & Elkins Work on $247M Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 27, 2016

Vinson & Elkins represents Trican Well Service in pending sale of U.S. assets to Houston-based Keane Group.

Houston Hiring Market Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2016

Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

While Blizzard Bears Down on Washington, Lawyers Forge On

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 22, 2016

Several large Washington law offices closed early Friday, around noon or 1 p.m., and encouraged staff members to stay off the roads in anticipation of a city-crippling blizzard. But many lawyers had different plans in mind. A true "snow day" may be out of the question when you've got hours to bill. "There's a lot going on. It doesn't stop because of the snow," Steptoe & Johnson LLP chairman Phil West said.

Lawyers, Firms, Donate Heavily to Texas Supreme Court Incumbents

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2016

If lawyers put their money where their mouths are, then the Texas Supreme Court election sparking the most discussion is the race between Justice Debra Lehrmann and challenger Michael Massengale.

Linebarger Goggan Law Firm Settles Class Action for $3.4 Million

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2016

The settlement requires the Austin-based firm to pay $3.4 million—including nearly $904,000 in attorney fees and expenses—to settle a class action that alleged it engaged in unauthorized practice of law in California.

Wayne Reaud Moves to Dismiss Allegations He is 'Ringleader' in Civil Conspiracy

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 06, 2016

A Beaumont federal court hearing scheduled on Jan. 14 motions to dismiss claims in a sprawling complaint filed by two African American plaintiffs. Their complaint alleges more than 30 defendants, motivated by racial animus, engaged in a civil conspiracy and that well-known plaintiff lawyer Wayne Reaud acted as "one of the ringleaders."

Oil Price Plunge Puts Firms on Both Sides of Bankruptcy Ledger

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2016

Falling oil and gas prices continue to bedevil Am Law 200 firms. When Magnum Hunter Resources filed for bankruptcy last month, the company owed millions in fees to several firms, including Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Norton Rose Fulbright.

Texas Lawyers' Testimony Slated in IRS v. Wylys Trial

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 05, 2016

At a trial beginning this week that pits onetimeTexas billionaire Sam Wyly and his wife against the Internal Revenue System,Texas lawyers will likely play pivotal roles on the witness stand.

Akin Gump Represents Northern Tier in Merger With Western Refining

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : January 04, 2016

The firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is representing Northern Tier Energy in its pending merger with Western Refining, an independent oil refiner and marketer headquartered in El Paso.

K&L Gates Adds Two Before Year's End, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 28, 2015

More partner movement at K&L Gates before year's end; DLA Piper closes its Tampa office; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton brings back a former partner from IMG College; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Law Firms Adopt Sustainability to Stay Sustainable

Richard J. Sobelsohn : New York Law Journal : December 28, 2015

Richard J. Sobelsohn writes: It was not long ago that when law firms moved to new digs, they had them designed with the old-school method. Wood paneling on the walls, window-less interior offices for junior associates, and the coveted oversized corner offices for senior partners and rainmakers. During the past few years however, law firms have started going green, and the traditional law office floor plans have morphed.

Losing A Legend: Joe Jamail Remembered

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : December 23, 2015

Legendary Texas lawyer Joe Jamail, known as the "King of Torts," passed away on Dec. 23 from complications from pneumonia, according to news reports.

Law Firm Levity: Sterne Kessler Lawyer Pumps Up His Shoe Closet

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 18, 2015

Sterne Kessler has collected more than 5,000 pairs of shoes over three decades. Sometimes, they must saw the shoes in half.

Law Firm Levity: Vinson & Elkins Ties One On For Oil Industry

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 11, 2015

The making and the giving of Vinson & Elkins' neckties—at the NAPE oil and gas summit every February—has grown into an annual tradition for the firm, now quite proud of its most in-demand branded swag. "You've got to do something bold for the energy space," Lande Spottswood, a corporate finance senior associate in Houston and the firm's chief tie designer, said. The 2011 batch of ties numbered 350. The 2016 order will hit 1,000 ties and include makeup cases.

Devon To Pay $1.9B for New Oil Plays

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : December 10, 2015

Devon Energy recently announced it has agreed to acquire 80,000 net surface acres, with up to 10 prospective zones, in the Anadarko Basin STACK play in Oklahoma from privately held Felix Energy, a portfolio company of EnCap Investments, for $1.9 billion.

Deal Watch: DuPont/Dow Union Looms as GE Continues to Unload

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : December 10, 2015

Am Law 100 transactional lawyers are wringing their hands over a potential $120 billion chemical industry tie-up for the holidays, as General Electric continues keeping its outside counsel busy on a spate of divestitures by the conglomerate.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : December 07, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Survey: Slight Increase of Minority Lawyers at Big Firms in Texas

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : December 03, 2015

As of July 1, 14.4 percent of the lawyers in Texas at 20 of the largest firms are minority lawyers, up from 14 percent a year before.

How to Survive in Relist Limbo

Marcia Coyle : Supreme Court Brief : December 02, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court justices have looked at your petition for review a whopping seven times without deciding whether to take it. Are you in relist limbo without a chance of the redemptive four votes needed to open the courtroom gates?

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : November 30, 2015

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Race & Admissions: Round 2 at Supreme Court

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : November 28, 2015

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears a second round of arguments Dec. 9 on the use of racial factors in admitting new students at the University of Texas, it will mostly — but not totally — be a case of déjà vu all over again.

2015 Managing Partners Survey

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : November 25, 2015

In 2015 Texas Lawyer Managing Partners Survey, some Texas firm leaders expect energy work to grow in 2016, and some expect a decline.