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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

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.

Big Texas Law Firms Face New Competitors at Home

Susan Beck and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : The American Lawyer : September 28, 2015

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

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.

International Law Section Launches Human Rights Committee

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : September 22, 2015

Committee may recommended amendments to Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct in regards to giving advice to clients doing business in countries with civil rights issues.

Global Legal Awards: 2015 Global Finance Deals of the Year

: The American Lawyer : September 22, 2015

The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards in finance recognize the 10 deals that best exemplify the challenges of transnational finance practice, from capital markets offerings to capital restructurings to infrastructure projects.

Winners Announced for China Law & Practice Awards 2015

Katherine Jo : The Asian Lawyer : September 21, 2015

On Sept. 17, nearly 200 leading legal professionals attended the 9th annual China Law & Practice Awards at the JW Marriott Hotel in Beijing—our first awards since joining the ALM Media network in August.

Fried Frank Partner Joins PCAOB, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 20, 2015

David Hardison, co-head of Fried Frank's professional services defense and counseling practice, decamps in Washington, D.C.; Boies Schiller brings back a former partner and adds an employee benefits head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Newsmakers: Week of September 21

: Texas Lawyer : September 18, 2015

Esmeralda Tinajero has joined the Dallas office of Winstead as an associate in the firm's real estate development and investment practice.

Vinson & Elkins Poaches Pair from Perkins Coie

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 18, 2015

One partner managed the Palo Alto office, the other is an up-and-comer connected to Uber.

Energy Tech Company Loses $71M Patent Case

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : September 18, 2015

TDE Petroleum Data Solutions,recently a patent infringement lawsuit that it brought against AKM Enterprise d/b/a Moblize involving its patent on its technology for monitoring oil wells.

EPA Proposed Rule Could Resurrect Confusing Test for Air Permitting

George C. Hopkins, Eric Groten and Jay Rothrock : Texas Lawyer : September 16, 2015

The principal question is whether "adjacent" should have its ordinary meaning of "nearby" or proximate, or if it should include consideration of "functional interrelatedness." This definition would be used in EPA's Prevention of Significant Deterioration, Nonattainment New Source Review, and Title V permit program regulations.

IP Shops See Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Finnegan Henderson and Kenyon & Kenyon, two top IP-focused firms, see partners peel away on both coasts; Gibson Dunn grows in London; Morgan Lewis adds an Islamic finance expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

All that Pricing Data Leads Clients to Ask: Can I See?

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 11, 2015

Data-driven in-house lawyers, like NetApp's Connie Brenton, want to work with firms that understand their cost structure and don't mind sharing the details.

Former Continental GC Steps Down From Big United Airlines Job

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : September 09, 2015

Jeffery Smisek, once the senior vice president and general counsel of Houston-based Continental Airlines, gets severance package from United Airlines including $4.875 million cash payment.

Ex-Vinson Partner Resigns as Airline CEO Amid Federal Probe

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 08, 2015

Jeffery Smisek, a former Vinson & Elkins partner serving as CEO of United Continental Holdings, stepped down as head of United Airlines' parent company in connection with an investigation that involves high-powered New Jersey lawyer David Samson.

Manuel Berrelez | 37

: Texas Lawyer : August 31, 2015

A lawyer's belief in him as a client is one of the reasons Manuel Berrelez wanted to become an attorney.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Texas Lawyer Announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Heather D. Nevitt : Texas Lawyer : August 21, 2015

This list recognizes lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State. In addition, we have named three nominees for Attorney of the Year. The winner of that award will be announced at an event in Houston on Nov. 2.

Texas Attorneys Discuss Newly Adopted SEC Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules and Address O&G Clients' Concerns

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : August 20, 2015

The Securities and Exchange Commission finally adopted this month long-debated pay ratio disclosure rules. Texas Lawyer asked three Texas lawyers, David Kirkland of Baker Botts, Amy Curtis of Thompson & Knight and Stephen Jacobson of Vinson & Elkins, all of whom advise the O&G industry, to respond to questions about the SEC's new rules.

Deal Watch: 'Female Viagra' Spawns More Skadden, S&C Deal Work

Jennifer Henderson and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 20, 2015

Sprout Pharmaceuticals didn't have to wait long for a big-name buyer to spring big bucks for the nascent drug developer. Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead for the company, founded in 2011, on its $1 billion sale this week to longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

Cybersecurity Data Sharing Is Now Available to Law Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : August 19, 2015

Law firms now have access to a platform that allows them to share data on cybersecurity threats anonymously. Several chief information officers and data security directors said they expected wide participation, although they expressed some reservations.

V&E, Latham Work on Fertilizer Deal

: Texas Lawyer : August 17, 2015

Vinson & Elkins represents CVR Partners of Sugar Land and Latham & Watkins represents Los Angeles-based Rentech Nitrogen Partners in deal valued at about $839 million.

V&E, Latham Work on Fertilizer Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : August 13, 2015

Vinson & Elkins represents CVR Partners of Sugar Land and Latham & Watkins represents Los Angeles-based Rentech Nitrogen Partners in deal valued at about $839 million.

KBR Docs Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, D.C. Circuit Rules

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : August 11, 2015

Defense contractor KBR will not be forced to turn over internal documents that the company says are protected by attorney-client privilege, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Tuesday.

Barnes Group Lands a New General Counsel

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : August 10, 2015

James Berklas has been appointed senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of the aerospace company.

Newsmakers: Week of Aug 10

: Texas Lawyer : August 10, 2015

Michael McMillin has joined Thompson & Knight as an associate in the firm's government and regulatory group in Austin.

Ruling Strengthens ITC's Hand in Patent Cases

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 10, 2015

An en banc Federal Circuit panel, heavy on Obama appointees, held the ITC can block imports that are later used in ways that cause infringement.