Twenty-five years ago, Vinson & Elkins was one of the first large Texas law firms with the foresight to form a dedicated Appellate practice. Since then, V&E’s Appellate lawyers have been a consistent and respected presence in the Supreme Court of Texas, routinely representing clients in filing petitions for review, briefing on the merits, mandamus petitions, and amicus briefs, and in presenting oral argument to the Court. Our work before the Court covers all major industries, including energy, healthcare, media, transportation, construction, engineering, and insurance, among others.
An appeal to the state’s highest court involves considerations particular to that Court. Our decades of experience handling Supreme Court appeals and mandamus petitions in cases spanning a vast range of substantive legal areas gives V&E’s Appellate team an intimate understanding of the Court’s procedures, precedent,
and current docket. This, in turn, provides clients with the insight and ability to evaluate an appeal comprehensively, and to advise on the arguments and strategies most likely to achieve the desired outcome.
Our lawyers — nearly all of whom served as judicial clerks at either a state appellate court, a federal district court, a federal court of appeals, or the United States Supreme Court — are attuned to the types of arguments that resonate with the Court, and have the
sophistication and skill to present those arguments clearly and persuasively. Further, where a case in the Texas Supreme Court warrants the involvement of amici, our lawyers have the contacts necessary to identify appropriate organizations and experts who can support our clients’
positions with amicus briefs.
In addition to an enviable track record before the Supreme Court of Texas, V&E’s longstanding commitment to excellent advocacy is nationally recognized, most recently being praised for “outstanding achievements” in the National Law Journal’s 2014 “Appellate Hot List.” Our extensive
experience, collaborative mindset, and efficient approach make V&E’s Appellate group one of the most respected and successful in the country.