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Marie Yeates Receives Texas Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award

Published: 09-07-2016

Vinson & Elkins partner Marie Yeates has been awarded the 2016 Professional Excellence Award: Lifetime Achievers by Texas Lawyer. Yeates is one of 18 attorneys selected for the prestigious award, which recognizes lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession throughout the state of Texas.

In a recent profile of Yeates, Texas Lawyer describes her as “a top-notch appellate attorney and advocate for women lawyers who’s made a lasting impact on her firm and the law.” 

The publication also highlights some of her precedent-setting victories, including the reversal of a $100 million judgment in a case involving claims for tortious interference and business disparagement and a groundbreaking Texas Supreme Court victory on behalf of Occidental Petroleum Corp. that clarified how a mineral lessee properly calculates oil and gas royalties in an enhanced recovery operation. 

Yeates, a 13-year veteran of V&E’s management committee and founder and co-leader of the firm’s Appellate Practice, served as managing partner of the Houston office from 2007 to 2014. She is also a co-founder of V&E’s Women’s Initiative and was appointed as its first chairwoman. 

Over the course of her 35-year career, Yeates has presented 125 oral arguments in federal and state appellate courts across the country on behalf of clients involved in commercial disputes, business torts, oil and gas, securities law, class actions, tax, trade secrets, labor law and condemnation. 

Yeates has handled matters before the Texas Supreme Court and intermediate courts of appeal, the Louisiana Supreme Court and circuit courts of appeal, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Wyoming Supreme Court, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and other federal circuit courts around the country.

Yeates and the other award recipients will be honored at a ceremony on September 13 in Dallas, Texas. 

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