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October 25, 2013 — Euromoney’s 2014 Benchmark Litigation recommends V&E’s Appellate and Bankruptcy practices among the top in the U.S., lists V&E’s Litigation practice as “highly recommended” in Texas and “recommended” in the District of Columbia and recognizes 22 V&E lawyers as “Litigation Stars.”

The Benchmark Litigation results stem from the culmination of a six-month research period to identify the nation’s leading litigators and firms. Researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers. The national section identifies the firms and attorneys who consistently handle complex, high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions, while the state-specific sections offer perspective on local litigation markets.

Benchmark Litigation’s “Litigation Stars” are those lawyers who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers. In the national section of the guide, John Elwood is recognized as a national Litigation Star for Appellate.

In addition, Benchmark recognizes the following V&E lawyers in their respective states in the 2014 guide:

District of Columbia
Local Litigation Stars
Future Stars

District of Columbia, Plaintiff 
Local Litigation Stars

New York
Local Litigation Stars

Texas
Local Litigation Stars
Future Stars


Additional Rankings from Benchmark Litigation

June 27, 2013 — Vinson & Elkins partner Marie Yeates has again been named one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. Over the course of a six-month period, Benchmark researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients in order to provide general counsel at the country’s preeminent corporations, investment banks, and financial institutions a guide to the best commercial and financial litigators and law firms in the United States. Distinguished female litigators are chosen based on targeted research completed during this review process.

According to Benchmark, Marie “consistently garners praise from her peers and clients,” one of whom describes her as "an outstanding appellate practitioner.” Over the course of her career, Marie has been involved in appeals of various types of litigation, including commercial disputes, business torts, oil and gas, securities law, class actions, tax, trade secrets, labor law, and condemnation. She has presented more than 100 appellate oral arguments in the Texas Appellate Courts, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and other federal circuit courts around the country.

Marie's recent successes include a case in the Eastland Court of Appeals in Texas for client Occidental Permian, Ltd. (Oxy) in which the court reversed a $10.5 million judgment against Oxy and rendered a take-nothing judgment. Marie also led a winning team in an appeal before the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston where V&E’s client, the Port of Houston Authority, was awarded a complete victory in a long-running contractual dispute with Zachry Construction Corporation.

Among her other distinctions, Marie was named one of the top 20 “Winning Women” litigation and appellate attorneys in Texas by Texas Lawyer in 2011 and has been given top tier honors by Chambers every year since it instituted its ranking for appellate lawyers in 2005. Marie currently serves as co-head of V&E’s Appellate practice group and Managing Partner of the firm’s Houston office.

For a complete listing of V&E’s 2013 Benchmark Litigation rankings, see the announcement here.



October 25, 2012 — For the third consecutive year, Euromoney’s 2013 Benchmark Litigation lists Vinson & Elkins’ Litigation practice as “highly recommended” in Texas and “recommended” in the District of Columbia and ranks V&E’s Appellate and Bankruptcy practices among the top in the U.S. 

Benchmark Litigation identifies the leading U.S. trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.

The guide also recognizes 21 V&E lawyers as leading partners in their state and the District of Columbia. Benchmark Litigation’s “Litigation Stars” list reflects individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers. John Elwood is recognized as a national Litigation Star for Appellate. The guide’s “Local Litigation Stars” reflect lawyers who are recommended by peers and clients to have established consistent reputations as trial attorneys, and “Future Stars” are those litigators who are expected to elevate in the ranks in coming editions.

Benchmark Litigation recognizes the following V&E lawyers in their 2013 guide:

District of Columbia
Local Litigation Stars
Future StarsNew York
Local Litigation Stars
Texas
Local Litigation Stars
Future Stars


July 2, 2012 — Vinson & Elkins partner Marie Yeates has been named one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation. The guide’s results are the culmination of a six-month research period that allowed researchers to conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients across the United States.

Marie serves as co-head of V&E’s Appellate practice group and Managing Partner of the firm’s Houston office. 

In her practice, Marie is consistently recognized as a top-tier appellate lawyer with a reputation for thoroughness, perfectionism, and preparation. Over the past 30 years, Marie has presented more than 100 appellate oral arguments in the Texas Appellate Courts, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and other federal circuit courts around the country. She has been lead or co-counsel in nearly 200 other cases pending appeal. Her appeals involve many types of litigation, including commercial disputes, business torts, oil and gas, securities law, class actions, tax, trade secrets, labor law and concentration. Many of Marie's arguments have led the state and federal courts to adopt new standards or have set precedents while winning for her clients.

Marie was recently named one of the top 20 “Winning Women” litigation and appellate attorneys in Texas by Texas Lawyer. In 2009, she was named to the “Appellate Hot List” by National Law Journal and was named one of America’s Top 50 Women Litigators by National Law Journal in 2001. 

Benchmark provides general counsel at the country’s preeminent corporations, investment banks, and financial institutions with analysis of the best commercial and financial litigators and law firms in the United States.



November 15, 2011 — Euromoney’s 2012 Benchmark Litigation lists Vinson & Elkins' Litigation practice as "highly recommended" in Texas, and “recommended” in the District of Columbia and ranks V&E’s Appellate and Bankruptcy practices among the top in the U.S. V&E’s Texas practice is highly regarded by a client who states, “The firm has represented us since our inception. They remain our counsels of choice. I need litigators who understand the nature of our business and factor those realities into their thinking on litigation.”

Currently in its fifth year, Benchmark Litigation identifies the leading U.S. trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel.

Benchmark Litigation’s “Litigation Stars” list reflects individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers. John Elwood is recognized as a national Litigation Star for Appellate.

The guide’s “Local Litigation Stars” reflect lawyers who are recommended by peers and clients to have established consistent reputations as trial attorneys, and “Future Stars” are those litigators who are expected to elevate in the ranks in coming editions. Benchmark recognizes the following V&E lawyers in their 2012 guide:

District of Columbia
Local Litigation Stars
Future StarsNew York
Local Litigation Stars
Future StarsTexas
Local Litigation Stars
Future Stars

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