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Vinson & Elkins Announces 2024 Class of New Partners and Counsel

Vinson & Elkins today announced that it elected seven lawyers to its partnership and promoted 15 lawyers to counsel, effective January 1, 2024.

The new partners and counsel represent a cross-section of practices and offices across the firm.

The following is a list of the firm’s new partners:

Peter Danysh

International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration, Houston

Peter’s principal area of practice is complex commercial litigation, with a focus on international disputes. His experience includes work as an advocate in both international commercial and investor-state arbitrations.

James Leader

Commercial & Business Litigation, Houston

James is a trial lawyer who has represented clients in a wide array of business disputes. His most significant matters often involve the complex contractual relationships created between parties to large, long-term projects or M&A transactions. James also represents clients in antitrust matters and in governmental and internal investigations.

Meredith Lyons

Complex Commercial Litigation, Dallas

Meredith’s practice focuses on representing companies, partnerships, and officers and directors in M&A litigation, securities litigation, and general commercial disputes at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts.

Alex Robertson

Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets, Dallas

Alex advises public and private companies, private equity firms and family offices on a broad range of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and capital-raising transactions.

Brandon Tuck

Environmental & Natural Resources, Houston

Brandon’s practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law, with an emphasis on project development, enforcement defense, and environmental litigation.

Caitlin Turner

Finance, New York

Caitlin advises private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, other public and private borrowers, agents, lenders and underwriters in complex acquisition and leveraged financings as well as on commercial lending, direct lending and other financial transactions.

Patrick Whelan

Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, New York

Patrick advises private and public companies, private equity funds, family offices and management teams with respect to corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, and other financing transactions.


The following is a list of the firm’s new counsel:

Ken Adler

Real Estate, Dallas

Ken’s practice focuses on real estate, including the acquisition, financing, leasing and disposition of commercial real estate.

Zach Banks

Finance, Houston

Zach advises public and private borrowers, agents, lenders and underwriters in a broad range of complex financing transactions.

James Dawson

Appellate, Washington, D.C.

James handles critical motions and appeals in a wide range of disputes in state and federal appellate courts, trial courts, and private arbitrations.

Yong Eoh

Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, Houston

Yong advises public and private companies and private equity firms in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, strategic investments and joint ventures, along with general corporate matters.

Dora Georgescu

Complex Commercial Litigation, New York

Dora’s practice focuses on securities and commercial litigation in federal and state court, as well as internal and government investigations.

John Goodwin

Complex Commercial Litigation, New York

John provides strategic advice in complex commercial trials and appeals, arbitrations, government investigations, and pre-litigation disputes.

Caroline Kuehn

Energy Transactions & Projects, Houston

Caroline’s principal areas of practice are joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in the energy industry.

Lucy Liu

Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions, Dallas

Lucy’s principal area of practice is corporate finance and securities law, including IPOs, public and private debt and equity offerings, and restructuring and strategic transactions, and general corporate representation, including periodic reporting compliance, ESG and corporate governance matters.

Michael Malenfant

Energy Regulation, Houston

Michael’s practice focuses on assisting energy industry clients in a wide range of regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters.

Matt Pyeatt

Restructuring & Reorganization, Dallas

Matt’s principal areas of practice include the representation of companies, creditors, and investors in various aspects of complex corporate restructurings, including chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed acquisitions and investments.

Erik Shallman

Intellectual Property, Austin

Erik’s practice focuses on intellectual property issues with a primary emphasis on patent litigation and trade secret litigation. He has handled cases in numerous U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dan Wallmuth

Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense, Washington, D.C.

Dan’s practice focuses on conducting internal investigations and defending companies and individuals against government investigations into a broad range of conduct.

Austin White

Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, Austin

Austin advises private companies, private equity funds, and management teams on corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, divestitures, and joint ventures.

Ryan Will

Antitrust, Washington, D.C.

Ryan focuses his antitrust practice on merger control, agency investigations, and civil litigation.

Lawrence Winsor

Energy Litigation, Houston

Lawrence’s practice focuses on energy, engineering, and construction disputes in state and federal courts, and before domestic and international arbitration tribunals.

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