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Vinson & Elkins

Our Survey Says


Vinson & Elkins’ foundation in Texas permeates who it is, from top-notch work in energy sectors to a notably hospitable firm culture. The hiring process emphasizes graduates of T14 and Texas law schools, with good grades, journal and clerkship experience, and well-rounded, pleasant candidates. People are friendly and laid back at work and at social events, while partners are approachable, solicit and provide feedback, and care about associates’ development. Formal training and mentorship programs are helpful, but more beneficial is the hands-on guidance associates receive from senior attorneys. Better organization and efforts would be nice when orienting lateral hires. Work assignments range from basic to substantive and cutting edge, with additional responsibilities available to those willing to take them on. Vinson & Elkins associates get projects on the free market system, though some get work based on ability and familiarity with certain partners or clients. Quality of life is possible with a fair 2,000-hour billable requirement, with additional bonuses available at 2,150 and 2,300 hours. Associates like that compensation overall matches the market. Firm tech is satisfactory, while IT support is responsive and helpful. A wellness staff ensures there are plenty of offerings; otherwise, the firm’s easygoing attitude helps mitigate some of the stressors of BigLaw life. Pro bono is a firm strength, as the work is supported even though creditable hours dropped from unlimited to 100. Associates recognize diversity efforts in programming but see deficiencies in certain underrepresented groups among associates and partners. The firm’s strong alumni network helps with external placements in-house, to other firms, and to the government if associates don’t make partner—which is possible but difficult to do—or become counsel.

Vinson & Elkins

Texas Tower
845 Texas Avenue, Suite 4700
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 758-2222

Firm Stats

Chair: Keith Fullenweider
Vice Chairs: Jim Fox, Michael Holmes, and Hilary Preston
Lead Partners: Recruiting: Lande Spottswood; Associate Compensation: Lina Dimachkieh
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,135/week

Employment Contact

Gretchen Rollins
Senior Director of Attorney Recruitment
(214) 220-7907
Application information and links for entry-level and lateral positions are available here:

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 3

Major Office Locations

Austin, TX
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Richmond, VA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC |

Major Departments

Capital Markets
Complex Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG)
Employment, Labor and OSHA
Energy Transactions/Projects
Energy Regulatory
Government Contracts
Intellectual Property
M&A/Private Equity/Venture Capital
Project Finance
Real Estate
Restructuring & Reorganization
Shareholder Activism
Tax/Employment Benefits/Executive Compensation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.