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Tom Leatherbury

"Lateral Hiring is an important part of Vinson & Elkins' strategy. Attorneys who come to the firm through the lateral process bring not only impressive skills, but insights gained  from prior experience that contribute to V&E's continued success. Being part of that process is a very satisfying aspect of my work."
Tom Leatherbury
Chair, Talent Management Committee

Laterals at V&E

Vinson & Elkins offers lawyers a challenging and rewarding opportunity to become part of a unique, forward-thinking law firm. We look for experienced lawyers that reflect our commitment to excellence, professionalism, teamwork and the drive to succeed. At V&E we recognize the importance of hiring lateral lawyers who can contribute to the growth of our practice and support our diverse client base.

Vinson & Elkins is not just another place to practice law; it is a place where you can grow professionally and personally. We strive to hire the most talented individuals - those who want to work on sophisticated legal matters with top lawyers in a friendly and collegial environment.

Learn more about V&E's high marks in the Vault 2011 rankings for Best Law Firms and American Lawyer's Associate Survey 2010.

All attorneys are encouraged to give back through pro bono, and other civic and community work.

Click here to read a letter about our pro bono efforts written by former V&E Managing Partner Joseph C. Dilg: "We strive diligently to be great citizens as well as great lawyers."

Our commitment to each of our attorneys is evidenced by the multitude of courses and seminars presented at V&E's training centers and by our state-of-the-art courtroom. Through extensive CLE and in-house training, litigation associates develop their deposition, oral and trial advocacy skills. Our business lawyers receive in-depth training in negotiation, accounting, and drafting skills, as well as about topics specific to their practices. The training our associates receive provides a solid foundation for the integral role they play at our firm.

Read what our laterals have to say:

Liekefett, Kai H.

 "We were expecting our first child.  So my wife and I were considering leaving New York and moving to Houston for the lower cost of living and better quality of life in Texas.  At the same time, it was important to me that I could continue to work on the same high profile M&A deals as on Wall Street.  After studying the legal market in Houston, I realized that there is only one firm in Houston with a steady stream of billion dollar M&A deals.  I only sent this one application.  It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life."

Kai Liekefett
M&A Partner
Houston Office

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"My lateral move (back) to V&E has vastly exceeded my expectations in every way.  The Firm has not only recognized the value of my prior experiences, but also allowed me to expand on those experiences and provided a broader platform of opportunities."

Michael Murphy
Complex Commercial Litigation Associate
Houston Office


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