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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.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Vinson & Elkins has 650 attorneys and is the 60th largest firm in the United States.  With $630,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 50th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Vinson & Elkins ranked as the 59th 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 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

Firm Finance: V&E Posts Second Record Year in a Row

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : March 03, 2015

Gross revenue and net income improved at Houston-based Vinson & Elkins in 2014 compared with 2013.

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Shire / NPS; HeidelbergCement Asset Sale; Shake Shack IPO; Marlin / NuDevco / Azure; Facebook / Wit.ai / Quickfire; OnCore/ Tekmira

In Texas, One Go-To Law School Dominates the Rest

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : February 25, 2015

They say that everything is bigger in Texas. So, apparently, is the University of Texas School of Law's influence on the state's law firms.

Come to Texas, Y'all: Texas Lawyer's Lateral Moves Survey Shows Firm Growth in 2014

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : February 23, 2015

The 19 firms that participated in the Lateral Hiring Survey hired 6 percent more Texas laterals in 2014 than in 2013.

Appellate Wordsmiths Target Proposed Word-Length Cuts

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : February 19, 2015

A federal rule proposal to reduce the word limit for main appellate briefs prepared on a computer from 14,000 words to 12,500 words has triggered a wealth of opinions. Mostly negative.

Three Energy Partners Depart Cadwalader for Sidley Austin

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 18, 2015

A trio of high-profile energy partners based in Washington, D.C., is joining Sidley Austin from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a firm that saw partner profits decline in 2014. The three will be reunited with partner Robert Stephens, who left his post as head of Cadwalader's Houston office for Sidley Austin in January.

Dickstein Shapiro Continues to See Departures, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Dickstein Shapiro's deputy IP practice leader joins Arent Fox; Brown Rudnick brings on two 'Big Short' litigators; Latham & Watkins hires in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200. On the Move is compiled from law firm announcements and reporting. Please send all memos and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.

M&A Expert: Maybe More Mergers Later This Year

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : February 09, 2015

Glenn Pinkerton, an energy lawyer and merger specialist with Sidley Austin, gives his predictions concerning the outlook for M&A activity in Texas in light of today's low oil prices.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

Lead Energy Finance Attorney Heads to Willkie's Houston Office

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

After a six-month stint at Bracewell & Giuliani, Michael Niebruegge has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's office in Houston, which opened in November. Niebruegge had been one of a couple of Houston-based defectors from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which recently posted a 15 percent decline in profits per partner for 2014.

Musings of an M&A Expert: Maybe More Mergers Later This Year

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : February 04, 2015

Glenn Pinkerton, an energy lawyer and merger specialist with Sidley Austin, gives his predictions concerning the outlook for M&A activity in Texas in light of today's low oil prices.

King & Wood Mallesons to Open in Singapore

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : February 03, 2015

The firm announced it plans to launch by early spring, after this week receiving a foreign law practice license from city-state regulators.

The Lateral Report: 2014's All-Star Hires

: The American Lawyer : February 03, 2015

Twenty of the most notable and intriguing lateral moves of the year.

Business Groups Renew KBR Support in Whistleblower Case

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : February 02, 2015

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Corporate Counsel and other business groups in Washington have spoken out again in support of KBR Inc. as the government contractor tries to keep certain internal documents from a whistleblower.

Deal of the Week: Four Firms Work on Energy Partnership Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2015

Vinson & Elkins, Latham & Watkins, Andrews Kurth and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld each have a piece of a deal involving Marlin Midstream Partners, NuDevco Midstream Development and Azure Midstream Energy.

EnergyBuzz: Kinder Morgan Agrees to $3 Billion Acquisition

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2015

Bracewell & Giuliani represents Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. in pending acquisition of Hiland Partners.

Newsmakers: Week of Jan. 19

: Texas Lawyer : January 19, 2015

Christopher Porter, a trial lawyer, has been promoted to a partner in Yetter Coleman in Houston.

Four Firms Work on Energy Partnership Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 16, 2015

Vinson & Elkins, Latham & Watkins, Andrews Kurth and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld each have a piece of a deal involving Marlin Midstream Partners, NuDevco Midstream Development and Azure Midstream Energy.

Leading 2014 M&A Transactions

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 15, 2015

The leading M&As of 2014, where the target or acquirer was based in NJ.

After Long Careers, Am Law Luminaries Look to New Horizons

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2015

From Akin's John Dowd to Vinson & Elkins' Joe Dilg, the start of 2015 has led some lions of the bar to retire. Some, like Dilg, are leaving Am Law 100 life early to try their hand on the business side, while others, such as Baker Botts' Robert Jordan and McGuireWoods' Richard Lieberman, are preparing for book tours.

Inadmissible: Paxton Takes Over

: Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2015

Judge Refuses to Halt False-Claims Case Against KBR

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 12, 2015

A federal judge in Washington is trying to move forward a long-running whistleblower case as KBR Inc. appeals orders that require the contractor to disclose certain internal papers.

Former V&E Managing Partner Joins Greenhill & Co. in Houston

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 08, 2015

Joseph Dilg, who practiced at Vinson & Elkins of Houston for 38 years, joins Greenhill & Co. in Houston.

Newsmakers: Week of Jan. 5

: Texas Lawyer : January 05, 2015

Jared Wood has joined Winstead as an associate in Fort Worth. He is in the firm's corporate and securities and mergers and acquisitions practice group.

The Asia 50: Growth Spurt

Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : January 01, 2015

Our annual survey names the biggest law firms in the Asia-Pacific region. This time, we found more law firms embracing ambitious expansion plans.

Supreme Court Reverses Chancery on $2.86B Tax-Inversion Deal

Jeff Mordock : Delaware Business Court Insider : December 23, 2014

A $2.86 billion tax-inversion merger between C&J Energy Services and Nabors Industries Ltd. can move forward after the Delaware Supreme Court lifted an injunction imposed last month by the Court of Chancery.

Marcos Ronquillo Runs for Dallas Mayor

John Council : Texas Lawyer : December 22, 2014

Longtime law firm manager announces his mayoral bid while standing next to an East Dallas pothole.

Deal of the Week: V&E, Clifford Chance Handle $2.5 Billion Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : December 22, 2014

Vinson & Elkins represents Australia-based Woodside Petroleum in pending purchase of LNG projects from Apache Corp. of Houston for $2.5 billion.

Energy Pipeline Firm Fuels Three Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 21, 2014

Locke Lord, Norton Rose Fulbright and Vinson & Elkins reshuffle some energy industry legal chairs in Houston; a K&L Gates partner with a conflict moves on; more Bingham McCutchen refugees find new homes; the federal bench lands some big-firm talent; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

MLP GC Moving to Norton Rose Fulbright

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : December 19, 2014

Stephanie Hildebrandt will join Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner in February.