Tom Leatherbury, David Oelman and Harry Reasoner Named “Texas Trailblazers” by Texas Lawyer
Texas Lawyer has named Vinson & Elkins partners Tom
Leatherbury, David Oelman and Harry Reasoner to its inaugural list of “Texas
Trailblazers.” They are among 50 attorneys throughout the state to be
recognized for their contributions to the legal profession in Texas.
partner in V&E’s Dallas office and practice group leader of the firm-wide
Appellate practice, has 40 years of experience in state and federal appeals and
trials. He has made 37 appellate and countless trial court arguments, and has
tried or handled the appellate-related portions of close to 20 jury trials.
Leatherbury has also regularly represented traditional and digital publishers
and broadcasters in all aspects of media litigation throughout his career. “You
feel you’re doing some public good by representing the press,” Leatherbury said
in a profile appearing in Texas Lawyer.
V&E’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets group and is a member
of the firm’s Management Committee. He is one of the country’s preeminent IPO
practitioners, having worked on more IPOs in the last three decades than all
but a small handful of lawyers practicing in the U.S. across all industries.
Finding his niche in the emergence of a new independent midstream and
infrastructure industry in the U.S., as well as the explosion of hydraulic
fracturing, Oelman told Texas Lawyer “it tells you how powerful those
two developments were that I’ve been fortunate to be a part of over my career.”
Texas Lawyer describes
Reasoner as a consummate trial lawyer who has tried numerous cases, garnering
big and socially significant wins, including leading a team of lawyers to bring
a stop to the state prison system’s practice of censoring inmate letters to
their lawyers, courts and the media. “I’ve always loved the game. Every case
I’ve been involved in I was passionate about winning it,” Reasoner said. During
his term as V&E’s managing partner, Reasoner spearheaded the firm’s effort
to become one of the first major companies in Houston to offer benefits to
employees’ same sex partners. A steadfast champion of pro bono legal services,
Reasoner also dedicates significant time to the Texas Supreme Court’s Access to
Justice Commission, facilitating legal aid to those who cannot afford it.
Honorees are described by Texas Lawyer as
“professionals who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and
technological advancement of their practice.” The complete list is featured in
the publication’s October/November 2019 issue.