Vinson & Elkins LLP

James D Thompson

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Practice Areas

Jim's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on energy-related matters. Jim appears in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.


Admitted to practice: Texas, 1986. Joined Vinson & Elkins, 1986; admitted to partnership, 1993. Head of V&E's Litigation Department.

Professional Memberships

Sections of Litigation and Oil and Gas Law, ABA and State Bar of Texas; International Bar Association; London Court of International Arbitration.


Texas A&M University, BS, Petroleum Engineering, 1981; South Texas College of Law, JD with honors, 1986.