Firm Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Headquarters

1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
United States
(713) 758.2222

Firm Details

For over a century, Vinson & Elkins lawyers have provided innovative business solutions for clients whose needs are as diverse as the entities they represent. In today's challenging environment of global markets, volatile economies and complex human and environmental issues, our time-tested role as trusted advisor has become even more critical. The depth and breadth of our lawyers' experience, combined with the responsiveness and efficiencies of the firm's global reach, enable Vinson & Elkins to serve clients from start-up, to the negotiating table and boardroom, before legislative and regulatory bodies in the courtroom, and beyond.

History

V&E was established in 1917 by William A. Vinson and Judge James A. Elkins with the goal of becoming trusted advisors to Houston’s business and energy community. In our nearly 100-year history, the firm has grown to approximately 700 lawyers located in energy hubs, financial centers and political capitals around the world. Our lawyers provide legal services to some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated business enterprises addressing a multitude of challenging litigation, transactional and regulatory matters.

Global Footprint

As a limited liability partnership, V&E currently serves clients from 15 global offices — Abu Dhabi, Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Riyadh, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Our network of offices allows us to leverage experience from many markets, cultures, and perspectives and to bring our clients the most comprehensive solutions to all legal challenges.

Breadth of Service

Creativity in developing practical business solutions is one of the many reasons our clients turn to us for their legal matters. Our ability, experience, and resources allow V&E to provide comprehensive and innovative strategies to our clients across a multitude of legal disciplines.

Commitment to Excellence and Cost Efficient Service

We emphasize teaming or partnering with you and your other advisors or representatives. Our ultimate objective is to assemble the right team within V&E to handle any client matter — “right” in the type of knowledge required by the matter, and “right” in the balance of staffing that controls your costs. We solicit your advice in identifying the lawyer or lawyers within the firm who can best achieve your goals and form a seamless team to deliver the best, most cost effective result. Of course, this means working in close coordination with you on every matter.

Management

Scott N. Wulfe
Managing Partner

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Texas in Corporate Law with 23 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Texas in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Texas in International Arbitration - Commercial with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Texas in International Trade and Finance Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Texas in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 16 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Texas in Venture Capital Law with 4 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Houston in Corporate Law with 17 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Houston in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Houston in International Arbitration - Commercial with 4 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Houston in International Trade and Finance Law with 3 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Houston in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 10 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Austin in Securities / Capital Markets Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Austin in Venture Capital Law with 3 lawyers

Awards

  • Recommended in Nine Practice Areas in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2013
  • Recommended Law Firm in the 2013 Edition of the IFLR 1000
  • Selected as One of the “Best Law Firms for Women” by the National Association for Female Executives
  • Ranked in Four Practice Areas and Eight London-Based Lawyers Recognized in Chambers UK 2013
  • “Highly Recommended,” Texas; “Recommended,” District of Columbia in 2013 Benchmark Litigation
  • Recommended Law Firm in Six Categories in The UK Legal 500 2012
  • Named Firm of the Year by Asian-MENA Counsel Magazine
  • 33 Practice Areas, 83 Lawyers Honored in Chambers USA 2012
  • Named to the 2012 GAR 100 by Global Arbitration Review
  • Named Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business (ALB) China Law Awards 2012
  • #1 Global Legal Advisor in Infrastructure Journal’s Full-Year 2011 Corporate Finance League Tables
  • Recommended in Six Practice Areas, Including three Band One Rankings in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012
  • Named 2012 Projects & Energy Law Firm of the Year by ALB The Brief
  • Ranked in the 2012 Legal 500 Latin America Inaugural Guide
  • #1 Legal Advisor in Infrastructure Journal’s Project Finance League Tables 2012
  • Named Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal
  • Ranked in Top 10 in Eight mergermarket League Tables Categories
  • 13 Top-10 Rankings in Thomson Reuters' Legal Advisors Global & Emerging Markets M&A League Tables
  • Recognized for Legal Work in the U.S., UK, and UAE Across 13 Categories by ACQ Global Awards 2012
  • Named “Best Law Firm” in Two Categories, Four Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers, Islamic Finance News
  • Ranked in 23 Practice Areas and 76 Individual V&E Attorneys Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. 2012
  • Ranked in the Top Ten in Five Categories in Bloomberg’s Global Legal Advisory M&A Rankings, Q1 2012
  • Scored Seven Top-Tier Energy Rankings in 2012 Chambers Global; 43 Attorneys Recognized
  • Named in BTI Client Service A-Team 2012 and BTI Client Service 30 for 2012
  • Received Asian-MENA Counsel Recognition for Three Energy Deals
  • Four #1 Rankings in Thomson Reuters' Full Year 2011 Legal Advisors M&A League Tables
  • White Collar Crime Practice Among Top in the Nation, Acquisition International Legal Awards
  • Project Law and Energy Practices Among Top in the Nation, Acquisition International Legal Awards
  • Energy and Natural Resources International Law Firm of the Year Award, Chambers China Awards 2012
  • #1 Legal Advisor China Announced Deals (by Vol), Bloomberg’s Global Legal Advisory M&A Rankings 2011
  • Antitrust/Competition Law Practice Among Top in the Nation, Acquisition International Legal Awards
  • DealMakers Global Leading Firms ‘Top Tier Rankings’ Award
  • #1 International Law Firm by China Outbound M&A Deal Value in China Business Law Journal, Nov. 2011
  • Named United Arab Emirates Law Firm of the Year in Seven Categories, ACQ Magazine
  • Ranked in 16 Categories in Thomson Reuters’ 2012 Legal Advisors M&A League Tables
  • 2012 Law360 Energy Group of the Year: Vinson & Elkins
  • World's Leading Energy Law Firm - Euromoney, 1995-Present (Based on Lawyers Listed)
  • Ranked Among the Top 25 in 14 Categories in Loan Pricing Corporation’s 2012 Year-End League Tables
  • #1 Legal Advisor for Texas, Among Top 20 in Seven Categories, mergermarket’s 2012 M&A League Tables
  • Highly Recommended Innovative Firm, Corporate Law, Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers Report 2012

Clients

  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Citigroup
  • Endeavour International Corporation
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
  • Huntsman International, LLC
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA
  • Oncor Electric Delivery Company
  • Riverstone Holdings L.L.C.
  • SCF Partners
  • Sinopec International Exploration and Production Corporation
  • Spectra Energy Corp
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
  • The Carlyle Group
  • TPG Capital, LP
  • Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

Contacts

James A. Reeder, Jr.
Accounting Firm Representation
713-758-2202
Phillip Bruce Dye, Jr.
Admiralty and Maritime
713-758-2048
Neil W. Imus
Antitrust
202-639-6675
Marie R. Yeates
Appellate
713-758-4576
Guy Stanford Lipe
Arbitration and ADR
713-758-1109
James L. Cuclis
Asia Pacific
852-3658-6410
Kevin Paul Lewis
Aviation and Airlines
713-758-3884
T. Mark Kelly
Capital Markets and Securities
713-758-4592
Morgan Lee Copeland, Jr.
Catastrophic Event Litigation/Crisis Management
713-758-2661
James L. Cuclis
China
852-3658-6410
David T. Harvin
Class Actions and Multi-District Litigation
713-758-2368
Boyd G. Carano
Clean Energy
650-687-8201
Larry W. Nettles
Climate Change
713-758-4586
Karl S. Stern
Commercial and Business Litigation
713-758-3828
H. Dixon Montague
Condemnation and Land Use
713-758-2086
D. Ferguson McNiel, III
Construction and Engineering
713-758-3882
Kevin P. Lewis
Corporate Governance and Compliance
713-758-3884
Clifford Thau
Director and Officer Liability
212-237-0012
Miriam (Dusty) M. Burke
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
512-542-8425
Thomas H. Wilson
Employment, Labor and OSHA
713-758-2042
Marcia E. Backus
Energy and Natural Resources
713-758-1101
David T. Andril
Energy Regulation
202-639-6542
Karl S. Stern
Energy/Oil and Gas Litigation
713-758-3828
Carol E. Dinkins
Environmental Litigation and Regulation
713-758-28528
Morgan Lee Copeland, Jr.
Environmental/Toxic Tort
713-758-2661
Miriam (Dusty) M. Burke
ERISA Class Actions/Litigation
512-542-8425
Kathleen C. Little
Export Controls and Economic Sanctions
202-639-6663
Vanessa Máire Griffith
Fair Labor Standards Act Counseling and Litigation
214-220-7713
Alden L. Atkins
False Claims/Qui Tam Litigation
202-639-6613
George M. Gerachis
Federal Income Tax
713-758-1056
Christine L. Vaughn
Federal Public Policy
202-639-6517
William D. Young
Finance
214-220-7994
Clifford Thau
Financial Institutions Litigation
212-237-0012
William E. Lawler, III
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
202-639-6676
Michael R. Charness
Government Contracts Litigation
202-639-6780
Michael R. Charness
Government Contracts Regulation
202-639-6780
C. Michael Buxton
Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
202-639-6571
Douglas S. Bland
Infrastructure
713-758-2498
Russell Yager
Insurance Coverage Litigation
214-220-7820
Peter E. Mims
Intellectual Property Counseling
713-758-2732
David B. Weaver
Intellectual Property Licensing
512-542-8651
Peter E. Mims
Intellectual Property Litigation
713-758-2732
Peter E. Mims
Intellectual Property Prosecution
713-758-2732
James Lloyd Loftis
International Dispute Resolution
44-20-7065-6027
Thomas H. Wilson
International Employment and Labor Issues
713-758-2042
James Lloyd Loftis
Iraq
44-20-7065-6027
Ayman H. A. Khaleq
Islamic Finance and Investment
971-4-403-6216
Thomas H. Wilson
Labor and Employment Issues in Transactions
713-758-2042
Thomas H. Wilson
Labor Union Matters, Collective Bargaining, and Arbitrations
713-758-2042
Boyd G. Carano
Latin America
650-687-8201
George M. Kryder
Legal Malpractice
214-220-7719
Jeffrey E. Eldredge
London/Europe
44-20-7065-6013
David Palmer Oelman
Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)
713-758-3708
Thomas S. Leatherbury
Media Litigation
214-220-7792
Keith Fullenweider
Mergers and Acquisitions
713-758-3838
Jeffrey E. Eldredge
Middle East and North Africa
44-20-7065-6013
Fielding B Cochran III
Mining and Minerals
713-758-2817
William R. Vigdor
National Security Review (CFIUS)
202-639-6737
Alexander Msimang
North Sea
44-20-7065-6022
Edward T. Stockbridge
Outsourcing
713-758-1032
Keith Fullenweider
Private Equity
713-758-3838
Morgan Lee Copeland, Jr.
Products Liability
713-758-2661
Mark R. Spivak
Project Finance and Development
202-639-6664
Michael R. Boulden
Real Estate Transactions
214-220-7840
Sean Becker
Restrictive Covenant Litigation
713-758-3822
William L. Wallander
Restructuring and Reorganization
214-220-7905
James L. Cuclis
Russia/CIS
852-3658-6410
Clifford Thau
Securities Litigation and Enforcement
212-237-0012
Shadow Sloan
Sexual Harassment
713-758-3822
Glen A. Rosenbaum
State and Local Tax
713-758-2594
Michael V. McKay
Structured Finance
212-237-0115
Craig W. Murray
Syndicated Finance
713-758-3822
George M. Gerachis
Tax Litigation
713-758-1056
Edward T. Stockbridge
Technology
713-758-1032
Michael J. Tomsu
Texas Regulatory
512-542-8527

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • International Arbitration - Commercial
  • International Arbitration - Governmental
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Project Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Water Law

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