Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Vinson & Elkins LLP.

4 Star Rating     4 reviews 
Main Office:

1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500 | Houston | TX | 77002

Phone: 713-758-2222 | Fax: 713-758-2346

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Year of establishment 1917 Number of partners 199
Number of offices 11 Partner to associate ratio 0.50
Biggest office Houston Percentage of women attorneys 30.50
Number of attorneys 622 Percentage of minority attorneys 15.00
Number of associates 370 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.40
Vinson & Elkins LLP.
   4 reviews

Vinson & Elkins LLP. Reviews

- Reviewed on August 28, 2018

Advice to law firm management: V&E should be more open about their interview process and post more opportunities for law students at a variety of their offices.

Pros: V&E has a prominent name and they host the most welcoming receptions. I really enjoy meeting with all of their employees in lots of different locations.

Cons: It is very difficult to get an interview at V&E, even if your law school has a relationship with them. They should do something about this.

Partners to Avoid and Why: I have not had enough time to interact with the partners in order to be able to post a review about this, but I have enjoyed the ones that I have met briefly.

Favorite Things About this Firm: I love that V&E is known as a Texas firm but it also has offices all over, and it also has a relationship with schools in cities where it doesn't have offices, such as Tulane.

Career Opportunities:

Compensation & Benefits:

Work/Life Balance:

Senior Management:

Culture & Values:

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2017

Job type: Intern

Length of Employment: Less than a year

- Reviewed on December 16, 2017

Advice to law firm management: There is no shortage of cases to work on, so be sure to do your homework and prepare for anything.

Pros: I shopped around a lot before taking this job and I know I made the right choice. They are wonderful and will treat you like family.

Cons: There is a lot of work to be done, but everyone is always willing to help out. Ask for help and you will get it.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


For almost 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 law firm’s time-tested role as trusted advisor has become even more critical. The depth and breadth of V&E lawyers' experience, combined with the responsiveness and efficiencies of the firm's global reach, enables Vinson & Elkins to serve clients from start-up, to the negotiating table and boardroom, before legislative and regulatory bodies, in the courtroom, and beyond. Vinson & Elkins LLP began in Houston, Texas, as a two man partnership in 1917, when James A. Elkins and William A. Vinson joined professional forces with a studied eye to the future. Both men were ambitious to establish a law firm that would endure, and offer other lawyers the opportunity to prosper and achieve their goals. Vinson recalled the founding partners' fateful decision to merge in this way: "We chatted awhile, and a sudden thought struck me-Here is your man!" Vinson asked, "How would you like to come to Houston?" Elkins replied: "That is the ambition of my life, make me a proposition." The proposition was a partnership, and Elkins' response was unhesitating: "I accept." This was the beginning of Vinson & Elkins LLP In those days, the oil boom was already transforming Texas and the world, and Houston was home to much of the energy industry's activity. V&E "cut its teeth" on oil and gas matters, and remains one of the world's leading energy law firms. Today, the firm has expanded its practices to include Mergers and Acquisitions, Aviation, Environmental, Finance, and more. And as the marketplace has become global, Vinson & Elkins continues to expand globally, serving clients worldwide.

Practice Areas

Vinson & Elkins LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Acquisition & Leveraged Finance
  • Air
  • Airlines & Aviation
  • Antitrust
  • Antitrust Investigations
  • Antitrust Transactional
  • Appellate
  • Asset-Based Lending
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Chemicals
  • Class Actions & Multi-District Litigation
  • Climate Change
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Complex Loan Workouts & Lender Representation
  • Condemnation & Eminent Domain
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Contaminated Sites & Remediation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
  • Debtor & Court-Appointed Trustee Representation
  • Derivatives Structured Products & Trading
  • Digital Media
  • Distressed Asset Acquisitions & Investments
  • Distressed Debt
  • Electric Grid Security & Compliance
  • Electric Power & Utility Regulation
  • Emergency Response & Crisis Management
  • Employee Benefits & Plans
  • Energy - Clean Energy & Renewables
  • Energy - Downstream Oil & Gas
  • Energy - Electric Power
  • Energy - Liquefied Natural Gas
  • Energy - Midstream Oil & Gas
  • Energy - Oilfield Services
  • Energy - Upstream Oil & Gas
  • Energy Contract Disputes
  • Energy Litigation
  • Environmental Enforcement Defense
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Erisa & Employee Benefits Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
  • False Claims Act Qui Tam Litigation
  • Fcpa & Global Anti-Corruption
  • Federal Circuit Appeals
  • Fifth Circuit Appeals
  • Foreign Investment Law & Nationality Planning
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense
  • High-Yield Offerings
  • Infrastructure
  • Intellectual Property Counseling
  • Internal Investigations
  • International Construction Disputes
  • International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration
  • International Employment Issues
  • International Energy Disputes
  • International Litigation
  • International Tax
  • International Trade Commission Litigation
  • Ipos & Equity Offerings
  • Labor
  • Licensing & Technology Transfer
  • Life Sciences
  • Liquids Pipeline Regulation
  • Master Limited Partnerships
  • Media Privacy & Commercial Speech
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mexico
  • Mezzanine Finance
  • Middle East
  • Mining & Metals
  • Mlp Qualifying Income
  • Natural Gas Regulation
  • Non-Compete & Restrictive Covenant Litigation
  • North America
  • North Sea
  • Oil Gas & Electric Regulatory Transactions
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Post Grant Proceedings
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Private Equity
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Pro Bono
  • Project & Infrastructure Finance
  • Project Development
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Funds
  • Real Estate Investment & Finance
  • Real Estate Leasing & Property Management
  • Reits
  • Reserve-Based Lending
  • Retail & Consumer Goods
  • Royalty Litigation & Class Actions
  • Shale & Hydraulic Fracturing Disputes
  • Shareholder Activism
  • Shareholder Litigation & Enforcement
  • Southeast Asia
  • State & Local Tax
  • Structured Finance
  • Syndicated Finance
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Texas Property Tax Disputes
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Transactional Executive Compensation & Benefits
  • Transactional Tax
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Us Supreme Court
  • Us Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Uk Tax
  • Utility Rate Regulation
  • Venture Capital
  • Water
  • Whistleblower Counseling & Defense

Hiring Criteria

Vinson & Elkins LLP. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

V&E considers academic achievement in law school and undergraduate school. It also considers school-related and extracurricular activities, work experience, foreign language proficiency, and the ability to communicate effectively.

It looks for individuals who encompass its mission and vision of academic excellence, teamwork, diversity and inclusion. The firm recruits through job fairs as well as through campus placements. It visited 27 schools for campus recruitment's in 2011 and attended two job fairs during the year.

Pro bono

The pro bono program at Vinson & Elkins involves lawyers at all stages of the profession, from senior partners to fresh associates.

Nearly 30,000 hours of free legal service is provided to those in need by V&E lawyers each year.

However, V&E does not require attorneys to do pro bono work, but up to 100 hours of pro bono work is considered for billable hours and bonus consideration. In 2010, 74% of associates performed 36 hours of pro bono work each.

The lawyers have undertaken pro bono representation in civil, criminal and transactional matters.

In September 2012, the firm was honored for its pro bono work with Dubai Cares at the charity's fifth anniversary celebration in July. V&E has supported Dubai Cares on pro bono legal matters since its establishment by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum in 2007.

Notable cases

  • The firm has advised numerous corporate and private enterprises for varied legal assistance. A few notables and recent cases among the many are mentioned below:
  • Vinson & Elkins advised Pioneer Natural Resources Company in the sale of all of its South African assets to PetroSA, the national oil company of South Africa. The assets in question include two producing properties offshore South Africa - the Sable oil field and the South Coast gas project, which began production in 2003 and 2008 respectively.
  • The firm advised Vedanta Resources firm, Cairn India Group on its acquisition of a 60-percent interest in Block 1 in the Orange Basin offshore the west coast of South Africa and along the northwestern maritime border of South Africa and Namibia.
  • Vinson & Elkins' client the Port of Houston Authority registered a victory in the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston in a long-running contractual dispute with Zachry Construction Corporation. A Harris County District Court entered a judgment awarding Zachry $23.4 million, but the Fourteenth Court of Appeals reversed that judgment.
  • V&E advised Uz-Kor Gas Chemical LLC on the development, financing, and construction of its USD 3.9 billion integrated upstream gas and petrochemical complex in the Ustyurt region of Uzbekistan, which is scheduled to come on stream in 2016. On May 19, 2012, Uz-Kor and its lenders signed key finance documents for the USD 2.54 billion project debt financing of the project.
  • V&E served as counsel to long-time client BMC Software, Inc., in its $300 million acquisition of Numara Software, a leading global provider of integrated IT management solutions for the mid-market.
  • Also, in a noteworthy apparent exception to this success saga of V&E, the firm represented Enron. After collecting $162 million from the infamously scandal-ridden company between 1998 and 2001, V&E ended up paying Enron's bankruptcy estate $30 million to avoid going to trial over accusations that it had turned a blind eye to rampant accounting malfeasance. The firm admitted no wrongdoing under the terms of the 2006 settlement.

Vinson & Elkins LLP. Awards and Recognitions

Vinson & Elkins has been recognized by many energy sector publications for its contribution in the energy law. Also, the firm has received several awards for its performance in the law field.

It has been recognised as


V&E's commitment to promoting and encouraging diversity is illustrated by its policies, initiatives, and programs established within the firm, such as firm-supported organic Affinity Groups. The firm believes that it has both an extraordinary opportunity and a special responsibility to maintain a culture that nurtures diverse interests, backgrounds, and perspectives - inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender/gender-identity, age, sexual orientation, religion, or physical handicap.

Summer associate program

Vinson & Elkins has summer programs in each of its domestic offices. The program ranges from six to 10 weeks. The work is assigned by an attorney coordinator, and the assignments range from

Working for the Vinson & Elkins LLP.

At V&E, associates receive work through a department-specific work assignment system. First- through third-year associates are evaluated twice a year, and more senior associates are evaluated annually. As associates become more senior, mentors provide career direction and focus on helping associates develop the skills and expertise necessary to advance their careers.

Third-year associates, and those more senior, can take part in the eight-part Associate Practice Business Development course taught by V&E partners.

Some of the positives about the firm is that it offers interesting and challenging work, low-key, friendly work environment and responsibility early in career to the associates.

V&E has a one-tier partnership, and attorneys are generally eligible for consideration after eight years.


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