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Tom Leatherbury, David Oelman and Harry Reasoner Named “Texas Trailblazers” by Texas Lawyer

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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.

Leatherbury, a 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.

Oelman co-heads 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.

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