As the founding office of Vinson & Elkins, our Houston office continues to exhibit the vitality that characterized the Texas “wildcatter” days during which the firm was born. Our lawyers understand that knowing the law isn’t enough — we strive to know a client’s business, industry, and goals. For both young and mature companies in established or emerging industries, we roll up our sleeves and collaborate with clients in an effort to design custom-tailored solutions for strategic success.
Virtually all of V&E’s practice areas are active in Houston, with more than 250 lawyers serving the corporate and civil law needs of our clients. Core areas of practice include:
Our corporate lawyers facilitate domestic and international business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, public and privatization finance, and real estate and energy finance transactions, and provide regulatory and antitrust counseling.
Litigation and Arbitration
V&E lawyers practice all areas of civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country as well as in alternative dispute resolution. We also have an active white collar criminal practice.
V&E offers a full-service environmental practice, supporting transactions, regulation, litigation, policy, and legislation, including climate change issues.
Employment, Labor and OSHA
We represent employers in all aspects of employment and labor law, including dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration, mediation), government regulation (EEOC, OFCCP, OSHA, DOL, NLRB), and management/labor issues.
Corporate and Securities
V&E corporate and securities lawyers advise and represent clients in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities, regulatory compliance, and all aspects of corporate finance.
V&E’s tax practice encompasses all issues arising from complex domestic and international business transactions, tax litigation, employee benefits and executive compensation, and personal, and estate tax counseling.
Engaging in all major components of intellectual property practice, we help protect our clients’ most valuable intellectual assets via litigation, transactions, and prosecution.
Our practice covers the full range of legal issues relating to the modern real estate industry.
Appellate lawyers handle all levels of appeals for cases tried by V&E litigators or by other firms, and provide invaluable advice on error preservation in the trial court.
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Did You Know
The dynamic atmosphere of our Houston office is enhanced by the 4,500-square foot Training Center, appointed with a formal courtroom, multiple classrooms and conference rooms, and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. We use this venue for many purposes, including client seminars, mock trials and jury simulations, attorney training sessions, and CLE programs. All events may be interactively and simultaneously broadcast to our other offices.
V&E is located in First City Tower, in the southeastern quadrant of downtown Houston, near the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Four Seasons Hotel, and the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets (NBA). Houston's world-class Theater District — housing the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and the Tony Award-winning Alley Theater — is close by, as is Minute Maid Park, fielded by the Houston Astros (MLB). Our location provides easy access to local attractions such as Rothko Chapel, the Houston Zoo, Bayou Bend, and the acclaimed museum district — boasting the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Natural Science, the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the Menil Collection, and the Cy Twombley Museum.