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Diversity & Inclusion

Committed to Equality

With purposeful involvement from the top levels across our firm, V&E’s diversity and inclusion efforts are focused on meaningful solutions that allow us to attract and retain top quality talent.

As a member of the global legal profession, we have a special responsibility to achieve equality — inclusive of diverse interests, backgrounds, perspectives, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical ability. At V&E, our inclusion commitment starts with our Chairman and Managing Partner, who are directly involved and oversee our firm-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives.

We understand that being a more diverse firm with a truly inclusive culture will help drive our long-term success, both in retaining top talent and in serving our clients’ needs. Our structure, policies, and programs support our diversity focus.

T. Mark Kelly, Chairman
Scott N. Wulfe, Managing Partner
Manuel G. Berrelez, Partner
John B. Connally IV, Partner
Jim Fox, Vice Chair-Elect
Keith Fullenweider, Chair-Elect
Stephen M. Gill, Partner
Michael Holmes, Vice Chair-Elect
David Oelman, Partner
Bailey Pham, Partner
Hilary Preston, Vice Chair-Elect
Julia E. Sanabria, Partner
Michael B. Wigmore, Partner
Patty Harris, Chief Talent Officer
Allen Gilbert, Chief Financial Officer

As a firm, Vinson & Elkins stands in support of our Black attorneys and staff, and our communities that have been, and continue to be, deeply impacted by racial injustice and police brutality. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other people of color have shone a harsh light on the systemic societal injustices that must be addressed if we hope to build a society that provides equal justice and equal opportunities for all. We recognize that Black communities especially, including our colleagues and clients, are deeply impacted by these ongoing events.

We are steadfast in our conviction that there is no room in our organization or society for racism, discrimination, or injustice toward Black people or other people of color. It is clear that as a law firm and as individuals, we must do more, and we will use our platform to continue the conversation and assist our communities in the path forward.

Read more about the action we are taking here.

Embedded within practice groups in each office; actively monitor equitable work opportunities, facilitate constructive feedback, and oversee associate development.

Firmwide group led by Chairman Mark Kelly and Management Committee member Gillian Hobson that includes ally partners, counsel, associates, and staff across practices, offices, and seniority levels. The Council focuses on programming and initiatives, and facilitates communication and connections across the firm.

Our various resource groups offer an opportunity to build a stronger sense of community across practices and offices, provide mentoring opportunities, and facilitate business development efforts. Some of our affinity groups include LGBTQ+, Women of Color, Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian and Middle Eastern, Military and Veterans, and Working Parents.

Our internal conferences for our lawyers of color and LGBTQ lawyers offer unique opportunities to build relationships that are vital to success. Our recent event included more than 50 firm leaders and partners who participated in constructive dialogues, led roundtables, and participated in networking opportunities.

V&E provides numerous scholarships, fellowships, internships, mentoring, and sponsorships to help us to identify early opportunities to further diversify our firm and the profession.

A variety of programs, benefits, and initiatives are supported such as V&E’s on-site career coach, mental and physical wellness programs, gender-neutral paid parental leave, new parent mentoring program, flexible work arrangements and technology that supports remote work, family-friendly events, back-up child and elder care, and breast milk shipping for nursing moms.

V&E lawyers are actively involved in numerous affinity bar associations and diversity organizations including these and many others:

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
  • Lambda Legal
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunities (SEO)
  • New York Bar Diversity Initiative
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC)
  • Corporate Counsel Men of Color
  • State Bar of Texas Minority Counsel Program (TMCP)
  • The Center for Women in Law
  • Women’s Bar Association of DC
  • National LGBT Bar Association / Lavender Law
  • Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 4.0
  • Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

Key Contact

Diversity & Inclusion Manager
David Dixon
Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Allie McWilliams
  • Diversity Scholarships & Fellowships

    To aid in fueling the diversity pipeline, V&E is actively involved in a variety of external programs and offers V&E-sponsored financial support for students from high school seniors to rising second-year law students in the U.S.

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  • Diversity Recruitment & Outreach

    Vinson & Elkins maintains a culture that nurtures diverse interests, backgrounds, and perspectives that enables us to develop exceptional attorneys. Our participation in diversity-focused career fairs and recruiting programs allows us to identify top notch legal talent.

  • T. Mark Kelly

    We continue to focus efforts on creating an even more inclusive environment at V&E where all of our talented lawyers can grow professionally and personally. Retaining and developing the best talent allows us to provide excellent service and solutions to our clients.

Diversity Statistics

  • 650+
    Diversity Fellowship and Scholarships Awarded Since 1990
  • 100%
    Perfect Score, 2021 CEI ‘Best Place to Work’ for LGBTQ Equality
  • 1/4
    V&E Lawyers, Including Allies, Are Members of Our Global Diversity Council