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Vinson & Elkins LLP

37 National Rankings & 77 Metro Rankings | Website

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Rankings

Vinson & Elkins LLP is nationally ranked in 37 practice areas and regionally ranked in 77 practice areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.
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"Law Firm of the Year" awards:
Law Firm of the Year Badge Oil & Gas Law
National rankings:
Gold Badges Tier 1 in Corporate Law
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Select 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.

Selected Client Comments

Environmental Law

Vinson & Elkins is deeply involved in most of our environmental regulatory and litigation matters, among other things. They are an integral part of our team and give us outstanding service at all times.

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Banking and Finance Law

The team at Vinson & Elkins are consummate deal lawyers, combining deep expertise with common sense to drive completion of transactions effectively and efficiently.

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Corporate Law

Worked with Tres Cochran of Vinson & Elkins. He is outstanding!

Ed Knight Harrison Interests, Ltd. 

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Energy Law

Worked with Tres Cochran of Vinson & Elkins. Tres has the best legal mind I've had the opportunity to work with over 40 years!

Ed Knight Harrison Interests, Ltd. 

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Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Vinson & Elkins demonstrate strong energy finance and restructuring practice.

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Litigation - Construction

Vinson & Elkins is all around excellent-- smart, thorough, resourceful, dedicated to client success, attention to detail.

Jim Dannenbaum Dannenbaum Engineering Co.

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Commercial Litigation

Vinson & Elkins has a number of outstanding lawyers at different levels and specialty areas. I will highlight a few with whom I have worked. Matt Stammel in Dallas is one of the finest commercial lawyers around. Matt really digs in to understand the business and provides efficient practical advice. Chris Popov is an outstanding commercial litigation lawyer out of Houston. Chris also really understands the business and provides astute practical advice. Chris is also outstanding in an arbitration setting. Ferg McNeil, Pat Mizell and Mark Rodriguez out of Houston are also outstanding lawyers.

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Appellate Practice

Vinson & Elkins appellate practice and practitioners, including Marie Yeates and Mike Heidler, are the gold standard. They are smart, practical and creative. When there's a challenging case to appeal, this should be your go-to firm.

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Project Finance Law

Vinson & Elkins is an excellent firm, and the top partners are great! They are expensive but worth it for projects that merit all-out effort!

Thomas Tatham LNG Partners LLC

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Commercial Litigation

Jeremy Marwell of Vinson & Elkins is an excellent appellate attorney, particularly with respect to energy matters. He remains at the forefront of litigation emerging issues in the sector.

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Criminal Defense: White-Collar

I can't speak highly enough of Bill Lawler and his team at Vinson & Elkins. You won't find a lawyer anywhere else as knowledgeable about both the subject matter and the current thinking of the DOJ and SEC. This area of practice is overrun with lawyers who overreact to every situation without properly diagnosing the problem and its scope. Lawler and his team properly scope and staff to fit the size of the problem. They are extremely nice on a personal level, and have a knack for being the calming influence when needed, either with the client or the enforcement agencies. At the same time, they are very capable of making sure that you understand just how serious the situation could be.

James L. McCulloch Energies Technologies, Inc.

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Commercial Litigation

We have used Bob Schick of Vinson & Elkins extensively and have great confidence in him. He is as good as they get and we trust him implicitly.

Randy Austin Church of Jesus Christ of LDS

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Tax Law

i have worked with one group at Vinson & Elkins for many years and had experience with others over the years. It is a very well-respected Texas based firm with a notable Washington DC office. Their work has always been thoughtful, and the lawyers are very knowledgeable.

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Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

I have always enjoyed working with the professionals at Vinson & Elkins. They bring a combination of legal expertise, creativity and pragmatism that are important in stressful and complex situations. In addition, the team has always been very civil and down to earth, which makes the working environment very enjoyable.

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Employment Law - Management

Vinson & Elkins does consistently excellent work.

Adrienne Randle Bond Fortitude Management Group, LLC

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Corporate Governance Law

When the wine glass spills, my first call is Lawrence Elbaum at Vinson & Elkins. His calm, analytical demeanor coupled with astute business acumen disguised as an attorney make him my preferred business confidant. Ironically, our relationship commenced as adversaries but we developed so much respect for each other in battle, it was an easy decision to combine forces. After almost 20 years in private equity, I have worked with countless senior partners at top tier law firms, but I have only developed one strategic, go-to, legal relationship for complex situations. Lawrence's business judgment and deal making prowess allow him to balance legal requirements with commercial objectives. With Lawrence, there is no start or stop time; he is constantly accessible. There is no ego or drama working with other lawyers. He humbly refers less familiar issues. Uniquely, Lawrence doesn't take advantage of client challenges but rather keeps in mind his clients' long term objectives and establishes and maintains fair billing and fee structures.

Brent Rosenthal

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Administrative / Regulatory Law

In this area of practice, V&E is about as good as it gets. Their rates are also about the highest in the state. They are therefore more suited to big cases with a lot at stake. I gave them a 5 star reference for the former. They get a 4 star reference for cost-effectiveness because there are folks out there who are very nearly as good and who are much less expensive. But, when you are in a crunch, they are the go to guys. The firm is big, so they get 4 stars on responsiveness.

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Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Vinson & Elkins gives prompt and proactive advice essential for doing the right thing in all circumstances.

Alex Riva Saipem S.p.A.

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Environmental Law

The attorneys I have worked with at Vinson & Elkins have exhibited extensive knowledge of the subject as it applies to oil and gas operations.

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Real Estate Law

I regard Vinson & Elkins as excellent in every category and in particular, our association with Randy Jurgensmeyer who is our real estate partner. We have worked effectively with Randy for roughly 25 years, and our experience has been excellent. Vinson & Elkins is more expensive than many legal firm options in Dallas, but we think on high value add work they are a smart value.

Anthony W. Dona Thackeray Partners

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Tax Law

I have worked with Vinson & Elkins for years, specifically with Price Manford from the Houston office. He is smart, thoughtful, and always available to help. He is an expert in the energy area.

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Energy Law

I have used Vinson & Elkins over the years for natural gas and electric power trading documentation and FERC compliance issues with great satisfaction.

Charles Cerria Hess Corporation

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Corporate Law

The work done for me by Vinson and Elkins lawyers has always had a timely and satisfactory outcome. I would recommend the firm, without hesitation, to colleagues and friends.

Maureen Levy None

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Mergers & Acquisitions Law

I have used Vinson & Elkins for years. They are excellent in all respects.

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International Arbitration - Commercial

Vinson & Elkins is knowledgeable in both arbitration and the energy and natural resource sectors. I have been closely involved with attorneys in both the Houston and London (UK) offices.

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Natural Resources Law

On up stream oil and gas matters we work with Tres Cochran at Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas. Tres and I have done billions of dollars of transactions the last seven years; one was the highest bonus ever paid a mineral owner in the United States. Tres did a fantastic job on these projects and was a key member of our transaction team.

Ed Knight Harrison Interests, Ltd. 

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Energy Law

I have worked with Vinson & Elkins on energy related matters for thirty plus years, and our company has received superior legal counsel.

Ed Knight Harrison Interests, Ltd. 

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Corporate Law

We have been a client of Vinson & Elkins for more than 30 years. The level of service is fantastic. The quality of legal work in the oil and gas area is the best in the United States in our opinion.

Ed Knight Harrison Interests, Ltd. 

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Oil & Gas Law

The energy professionals at Vinson & Elkins provide legal services that are first-rate. They know the complexities of the oil and gas industry as well as, or better, than any lawyer I know. They are responsive to the differing needs of our business and go above and beyond in their service to assure success.

Fabene J. Welch EnerVest, LTD

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Project Finance Law

Vinson & Elkins is a great firm with plenty of depth in energy finance, including complementary fields such as workouts and restructurings. Karen Smith and Noelle Alix are terrific. Teams are very easy to work and get along with.

Haig Najarian GE Energy Financial Services, Inc.

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Litigation - Intellectual Property

Vinson & Elkins delivers excellent results.

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Criminal Defense: White-Collar

White collar criminal practice is often a bet your company scenario, so cost containment is not a huge consideration. Compared to other firms in this practice, however, I give Vinson & Elkins an "excellent plus" in cost-effectiveness. I do the same for expertise and understanding. Bill Lawler is a gem who is highly knowledgeable of what is going on at Main Justice at all times and very effective there. Bill is also excellent in the boardroom and with company execs. He is a superb lawyer.

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Corporate Law

Vinson & Elkins is one of the best firms in the country.

Steve Antry Eagle Energy

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Mergers & Acquisitions Law

I have worked with Vinson & Elkins on multiple transactions though our private equity backer. I consider them to be one of the best law firms in the US.

Steve Antry Eagle Energy

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Litigation - Tax

George Gerachis at Vinson & Elkins combines a great technical understanding of the underlying law, tremendous practical experience and insight as to how to efficiently manage the process and unparalleled communication skills. I deeply appreciate his wise guidance. It also gives me comfort that he is respected by government officials.

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Appellate Practice

The Vinson & Elkins appellate practice is top drawer. They get hired for "bet the company" cases.

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Tax Law

Vinson & Elkins worked with me with tax controversy and tax planning/structure work.

Jennifer E. Stewart Southwestern Energy

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Environmental Law

Vinson & Elkins is my company's principal environmental and toxic tort counsel. V&E provides representation in the areas of toxic tort, environmental, discovery, regulatory affairs, and general litigation. The lawyers are a very valued and long-standing part of our legal team. They provide a high level of client service and attention, strengthened by a deep understanding of the company's business and operations. There is a deep bench of lawyers and support staff. V&E is the company's go-to firm on high stakes environmental litigation and regulatory matters and is a key part of the team on toxic tort matters. The lawyers in this group are highly strategic, capable specialists, well written authors who to deliver top notch work.

Sheila Deely Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

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Commercial Litigation

I have worked closely with a number of Vinson & Elkins attorneys in the Washington DC office for over a decade, including Craig Margolis, Tirzah Lollar, and Amy Riella. They are all very accomplished attorneys, particularly in the area of government contracting litigation, including FCA cases; more than that, they are a pleasure to work with! Their expertise, attention to detail, and responsiveness is exemplary.

Sharon Stagg KBR, Inc.

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Corporate Law

Robert Kimball and Marc Rose of Vinson & Elkins have the rare ability to quickly assess the nature of our legal asks and then promptly facilitate meetings with appropriate specialists to yield immediately useful and context-appropriate legal advice.

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Oil & Gas Law

We have used Vinson & Elkins on many different subject matter areas, primarily M&A and regulatory. They are at the top of our list-- very responsive!

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Administrative / Regulatory Law

Vinson & Elkins is about as good as it gets for service, professionalism, competence, and responsiveness. They are very expensive. They have worked with us on that issue. Nonetheless, the efficiency and ability of the lawyers and their staff makes the overall cost-effectiveness good, as noted in my vote.

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Antitrust Law

I am very pleased with Vinson & Elkins' antitrust services.

Patrick Joseph Barrett HITACHI AMERICA, LTD.

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Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions

Vinson & Elkins is a major force in merger litigation in Delaware. Their victories include numerous successful early dismissals of stockholder challenges to transactions as well as several landmark trial victories in busted deal cases--including the Huntsman/Hexion merger and more recently in the Energy Transfer/Williams merger. A well-seasoned and energetic litigation team is backed by a deep transactional M&A bench and a growing activism defense practice.

Rolin Bissell Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

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Project Finance Law

Vinson & Elkins remains a leading player in all matters oil and gas; their depth of knowledge and experience is hard to beat in that sector.

Robert L. Vitale EIG Global Energy Partners

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Labor Law - Management

Vinson & Elkins attorney Sean Becker handles all of our labor matters and does an excellent and efficient job.

Paul McDermott Cadent Energy Partners, LLC

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Tax Law

Gary Huffman of Vinson & Elkins is among the elite partnership tax lawyers is the U.S.

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Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Vinson & Elkins' Dallas based bankruptcy team is the best in breed; with a deep experience and knowledge of the law, the courts and the energy business. While known for being a tier one shop in energy restructurings, the Dallas office in particular has a broad range of experience across a number of industries. The Dallas VE team is a rare breed; comfortable and conversant as debtor counsel and counsel to banks and bondholder groups, both in Texas courts and nationally.

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Environmental Law

Vinson & Elkins (V&E) is the company's principal environmental and toxic tort counsel. V&E provides representation in the areas of toxic tort, environmental, discovery, regulatory affairs, and general litigation. The lawyers are a very valued and long-standing part of our legal team. They provide a high level of client service and attention, strengthened by a deep understanding of the company's business and operations. There is a deep bench of lawyers and support staff. V&E is the company's go-to firm on high stakes environmental litigation and regulatory matters and is a key part of the team on toxic tort matters. The lawyers in this group are highly strategic, capable specialists, well-written authors who to deliver top-notch work.

L. Richards McMillan II Freeport-McMoRan Inc.

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