Community

Community

Connecting with our communities is an important aspect of our firm culture. Vinson & Elkins lawyers and staff across the globe volunteer at charitable organizations and contribute their time, finances, and personal efforts to make a positive impact on those in need.

Whether it is sponsoring fun runs benefiting cancer research, supporting the opera, contributing to the United Way, or mentoring underserved youth, Vinson & Elkins touches a number of vital areas in our communities. V&E lawyers and firm personnel also serve on boards and in leadership roles of more than 200 charitable, educational, religious, arts, minority, children’s, governmental, and professional organizations.  

We are passionate about using our talents and resources to give back.

  • Lindsey Vaala

    "V&E encourages and champions my involvement in numerous community activities and organizations. When I joined the young professional leadership at a major art gallery, V&E supported me by sponsoring the gallery’s art education and global cultural diplomacy initiatives. When I suggested we partner with a local organization that provides meals, mental health services and housing advocacy to DC’s chronically homeless residents, V&E sponsored a team of lawyers to prepare and serve food. And when I introduced my office to a childhood friend who is a veteran, wounded warrior and board member of a nationwide veterans’ organization, V&E agreed to launch Casino Night – a now annual fundraiser benefiting Team Red White & Blue. Each year, Casino Night raises enough money to fund a Team RWB chapter for an entire year. I am immensely grateful to belong to a firm that makes community engagement – and my own passions – such a priority."

    Lindsey Vaala Senior Associate, Antitrust | Washington | Community Involvement Task Force Member
  • Michael Collins

    "I’ve been actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years now and have formed incredible relationships not only with my Little but also with the Houston organization as a whole. V&E has been incredibly supportive of this relationship by investing their resources, time, and energy into the organization through numerous events and sponsorships throughout the years."

    Michael Collins Senior Associate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity | Houston
  • Eliot Cotton

    "Living in New York affords ample opportunity to work with some of the many charitable organizations operating in the city. For each organization I serve, V&E offers support and provides assistance every step of the way. Through my, and several other V&E attorneys’, active involvement with The Opportunity Network, every summer V&E offers 1 to 2 paid internships to qualified college candidates who want to learn more about the legal world and start building a foundation for their future success. Every year the Firm hosts dozens of students from The Opportunity Network at events where the students can engage with the attorneys and receive assistance with various professional skills, such as creating the perfect résumé. Over the last several years, I have also served as a board advisor to the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association, which engages, supports and inspires Fulbright Scholars based in New York or scholars visiting from international locations. V&E provides space for meetings, legal advice for all of the organization’s activities, and ensures that food and drinks are always available for our guests. V&E truly values efforts made to create a better community and I am grateful to work at a firm that doesn’t just talk the talk, but utilizes every resource at its disposal to walk the walk."

    Eliot Cotton Senior Associate, Venture Capital Investment | New York | Diversity and Inclusion “Kitchen Cabinet” Member
  • Insights

  • Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. (V&E) will not fund an organization that, in its by-laws, policies, or practices, discriminates on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, or any bias that is prohibited by applicable law.