The lawyers in Vinson & Elkins' Washington, DC, law office handle business, litigation, and regulatory matters involving both the federal government and the private sector. Many of our Washington attorneys have government experience directly relevant to our practice areas, having served at several federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The office's practice areas, within broad groupings, are outlined below.
Vinson & Elkins represents clients on a variety of antitrust matters before the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, state antitrust authorities, and in federal courts. Our lawyers regularly counsel clients on complex mergers, acquisitions, and other competitor collaborations, and represent them through the Hart-Scott-Rodino process. We also represent clients in enforcement investigations, antitrust grand jury proceedings, and other criminal proceedings, and in civil antitrust litigation.
V&E's Corporate practice provides business counseling on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions; public and privatization finance; real estate, and energy finance transactions; government procurement; and regulatory matters.
Corporate and Securities Law
We handle matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, recapitalization and assistance transactions, day-to-day regulatory counseling, product development, compliance, enforcement, litigation, legislation, and other issues. We regularly advise our clients on matters relating to disclosure under the securities laws. We also represent issuers and underwriters in private and public offerings of debt and equity securities.
Our domestic and international Energy practice extends through the full range of transactional, regulatory, and litigation activities, including acquisitions, financing, enforcement, rates, and import and export matters. We have represented producers, pipelines, and shippers in U.S. and non-U.S. gas sales, gas transportation, gas storage, LNG storage, LNG sales and related contracts. In addition, we have advised interstate and intrastate pipelines; transportation customers of regulated natural gas pipelines; and local distribution companies on compliance with federal and state regulations. We are also experienced in electric utility, independent power, power marketing, alternative energy projects, coal, and other energy issues.
Our Environmental Litigation and Regulation practice encompasses matters relating to environmental policy, regulation, litigation, business transactions, and legislation. Our experience includes defense of governmental enforcement actions (criminal, civil, and administrative), environmental liabilities associated with business and real estate transactions, climate change, air quality, asbestos, water quality, solid and hazardous waste, toxic substances, wetlands, endangered species, historic preservation, and environmental impact assessment.
Government Procurement and Sanctions
V&E lawyers counsel both domestic and foreign clients on commercial, investment, and regulatory matters involving international business interests. Our practice encompasses all matters involving import and export trade regulations, and government contracting. Those matters include anti-bribery, export controls, foreign investment restrictions, sanctions, customs regulations, bid protests, and other procurement issues.
A growing team of intellectual property attorneys in our Washington office handles a full range of patent, trademark, and copyright cases in federal courts throughout the United States. Our DC-based attorneys also represent clients in post-grant review proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in investigations by the International Trade Commission, both of which are located nearby.
Lawyers in our Washington office represent clients before the U.S. Congress in legislation and congressional investigations. We have been involved in energy, tax, health care, and telecommunications legislation. We also have experience representing clients in matters of public policy in banking, energy, environmental, financial, international trade, procurement, and other areas. Our attorneys have also been actively involved in matters of international public policy. As an international law firm, our attorneys have assisted the governments of foreign countries in establishing policies for their growth and development while also maintaining consistency with worldwide trends.
Litigation – Civil, Criminal, Administrative
We have an extensive litigation practice in Washington and throughout the country. We practice before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Our litigation experience includes antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, condemnation, commercial, energy, environmental, financial instruments, government contracts, health care, international trade, sanctions, securities, tax, labor and employment, and tort matters. We also handle the defense of white-collar criminal matters and congressional inquiries, as well as internal corporate investigations. V&E also represents clients in international litigation, arbitrations, and appeals.
Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense
V&E's Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice group includes several former federal prosecutors. V&E’s practice represents clients by conducting internal investigations, responding to grand jury and governmental regulatory subpoenas, handling grand jury proceedings and search warrants, negotiating with prosecutors and other regulators, dealing with suspension and debarment issues, and defending clients in criminal pleas, trials, and sentencing.
Vinson & Elkins lawyers handle a wide range of federal tax matters, including planning, controversy, administrative, and legislative. Our tax attorneys regularly advise on tax aspects of business transactions, the interaction of international tax regimes, and the elimination of multiple-country taxation of income. We handle contested proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service, the Tax Court, and the Claims Court, as well as civil and criminal enforcement matters.