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Vinson & Elkins LLP


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What the team is known for

Well-resourced national firm with a great depth of experience in handling litigation across the full gamut of commercial areas. Especially well known for its expertise in energy disputes, with additional prowess in antitrust, environmental and construction matters. Frequently acts for major oil and natural gas production companies, as well as catering to clients in the construction, mining, financial services and technology sectors. Also boasts highly regarded securities and appellate specialists, in addition to a fast-growing white-collar criminal defense practice which handles significant investigations.


Sources say: "They are professional, timely, responsive and all the things you would want."

Interviewees report: "They are very smart, very hard-working, practical with the client, great in court, very thorough and a pleasure to work with. They take delight in their work and bring a lot of energy. Their hard work and motivation makes things run smoothly and effectively."

Clients say: "The team as a whole is a well-oiled machine and excellent in its preparation, knowledge of the law and presentations in court."

Work highlights

Successfully represented Texas Central before the Thirteenth Court of Appeals, which found that Texas Central is defined as both a railroad company and an interurban electric railway, reversing a declaratory judgment by a lower court and allowing the company to have eminent domain authority.

Represented Energy Transfer Equity in the Delaware Chancery Court in a $420 million termination fee claim brought by Williams in connection with the termination of a proposed $38 billion merger between the two companies.

Represented Enterprise Products in a proposed class action brought by residents of a subdivision in Channelview, Texas, who alleged that their houses flooded during Hurricane Harvey due to water diversion caused by the construction of two pipelines.

Notable practitioners

Craig Zieminski is cultivating an impressive and wide-ranging securities litigation practice, including expertise in merger challenges. He has experience advising clients in the energy, finance and real estate sectors, among others.
"He is great to work with."

Ferguson McNiel has a wealth of experience handling a wide array of commercial litigation, including insurance, construction and product liability claims.
"He has a very effective and appealing manner with judges and juries."

Harry Reasoner is a highly regarded litigator whose broad capabilities encompass antitrust and insurance cases.
"He is a deep thinker who can really make a difference in a case." "He provides extraordinary oversight and wisdom to the team."

Jeffrey Johnston is a strong choice to handle SEC investigations, and is also sought out to conduct internal investigations.
"He is a very smart lawyer." "His strengths are his experience, good judgment and responsiveness."

Jennifer Freel frequently assists clients with government and internal investigations as well as civil disputes.
"She's very capable and has a very good reputation. She can handle complex issues and manage and resolve challenging investigations."

John Wander is noted for his adroit handling of securities litigation and SEC investigations.
"He is collaborative, strategic and extremely smart as well as having a very good bedside manner with clients." "He is a great lawyer who brings calm and sensibility to matters."

Marie Yeates acts for businesses in a wide array of appeals, including those pertaining to insurance, real estate and personal injury.
"Her level of preparation, analysis, critical review and final work product are excellent." "She has a long record of successes and is one of the top in the state, no question."

Michael Heidler is recognized for his flourishing appellate practice and acts for a broad client base, including energy and construction companies.
"He's very impressive, well prepared and professional."

Michael Holmes has an impressive securities litigation practice and is often sought out to handle merger challenges in the Delaware courts.
"He is a great examiner of witnesses and a fabulous oral arguer with incredible persuasive strength." "He is very persuasive, comfortable and well prepared in court."

Patrick Mizell is a commercial litigator with capability handling disputes in the energy sector.
"He's very effective and comfortable in the courtroom."

Phillip Dye comes highly recommended for his expertise in the oil and gas sector. He litigates complex issues including high-value breach of contract cases.
"He is a very strong litigator." "He has a very good reputation and knows the space very well."

Thomas Leatherbury has a strong track record representing a range of clients in appeals involving the First Amendment.
"He's the perfect combination of tremendous intellect and the most gentlemanly and honorable human being." "He is extremely good and a very meticulous lawyer who provides good, uncluttered briefs."

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V&E’s trial lawyers and appellate specialists work together to handle litigation and appeals in a broad range of areas, including energy litigation, securities litigation, white collar crime, construction disputes, media and commercial speech cases, lawyer defense, intellectual property, bankruptcy, tax, business torts, condemnation, and regulatory matters.

Our team has substantial experience with multi-district and complex class actions, jury and bench trials and appeals of these proceedings in state and federal venues across the country, all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, with particular strength in Texas courts. We also represent clients before administrative agencies and in arbitration and mediation. Many of our lawyers hold clerkships, affording us familiarity with relevant procedures and precedents of the courts and sharpened skills in briefing and oral argument.

Our clients come from a diverse array of industries, including but not limited to, traditional and renewable energy, infrastructure, life sciences, technology, automotive, financial services, chemicals, industrials, and mining.


Vinson & Elkins LLP


1001 Fannin Street

Suite 2500




TX 77002-6760

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Litigation: Appellate

Marie Yeates
Band 1
Michael Heidler
Up and Coming
Thomas S Leatherbury
Band 2

Litigation: Securities

Craig E Zieminski
Up and Coming
John Wander
Band 3
Michael Holmes
Band 1

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