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 in relation to its expertise in energy disputes, with additional prowess in antitrust, environmental and construction matters. Also boasts highly regarded securities and appellate specialists, in addition to a fast-growing white-collar crime practice, which handles significant investigations.
Strengths One individual describes the firm's service as "very professional, thorough and complete," with others adding that "they chase everything down and work and issue until it is fully understood."
Another client provides a complete breakdown of their impressions of the firm's offering: "We are extremely satisfied and would recommend V&E in the litigation process. The client service was outstanding, expending time and expenses in an efficient and transparent manner."
Work highlights Secured the dismissal of a multimillion-dollar wrongful death case on behalf of ICA Fluor, in relation to an accident that occurred at the Mata Redonda fabrication yard in Veracruz, Mexico.
Successfully represented Valerus Compression Services in an appeal before a Texas appeals court, in which it was ruled that Guggenheim Corporate Funding may not keep an equity stake in Valerus that was mistakenly transferred and was worth up to $40 million.
Significant clients Energy Transfer Equity, Gastar Exploration, Marathon Oil, eBay, Port of Houston Authority.
"Wonderful trial lawyer" John Wander receives excellent praise from a raft of individuals, with one source indicating that he is "good on his feet, smart and can be firm and constructive." He possesses a diverse practice ranging from SEC investigations to shareholder fiduciary duty disputes.
Michael Holmes is a highly acclaimed securities litigator, with experience in SEC investigations, shareholder litigation and M&A work. He receives praise for being "very knowledgeable, confident and dynamic" as well as having "great litigation instincts and the experience to deal with matters."
Thomas Leatherbury's appellate practice spans areas such as commercial, energy, healthcare and media litigation. Interviewees remark that he is "very well versed in the law, and he has an ability to take very complex issues and distill them down into simple terms that the judge can instantly understand."
Marie Yeates is regarded as an exceptionally effective appellate litigator, having represented clients in a variety of matters, including commercial disputes and oil and gas matters. Commentators outline her strengths, saying: "She knows how to get to the heart of the case and speak effectively."
Amy Tankersley Perry is regarded as "very impressive" by market sources, who note that she is "very precise in her analysis and very good at pulling pieces together to fill in the puzzle." Her areas of focus include securities litigation, officers' and directors' liability and internal investigations.
Jeffrey Johnston is considered by peers to be an "outstanding lawyer" for his work on SEC and DOJ investigations, including FCPA matters. He also handles shareholder litigation, frequently representing companies, officers, directors and auditors.
An energy litigator with excellent trial experience, Guy Lipe is often involved in royalty class actions and contractual disputes. Indeed, one individual remarks that he is a "phenomenal royalty lawyer" who has a "brilliant approach and provides incredible customer service."
James Thompson is a trial litigator specializing in energy matters, with a practice revolving around lawsuits and arbitrations for related contractual disputes. Market commentators reflect that he has an "excellent reputation as a trial lawyer with an energy focus."
"Excellent lawyer" Phillip Dye represented Plains All American Pipeline in a lawsuit against the state of Delaware, regarding whether it can make companies pay millions of dollars for unclaimed property. He regularly represents energy companies in a variety of commercial disputes.
Harry Reasoner is much revered for his litigation practice, with peers professing to have "the highest admiration for him." He possesses a wealth of experience in commercial litigation matters, especially those that intersect with issues in the energy market.
William Sims impresses market sources with his broad-based litigation practice, with a particular emphasis on fraud, breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation cases. Interviewees are quick to commend his approach: "His strength is his strong grasp of the legal issues, the judge and opposing side; he reads them well, researching thoroughly on all aspects of the case."
Ferguson McNiel has developed a significant litigation practice that sees him handle commercial, construction, product liability and energy cases with considerable frequency. In describing a recent matter, one client fully outlines his abilities: "Ferguson was actively engaged in finding a solution. He was very knowledgeable about the details of the case, attentive to the other party's moves, and at the same time very conscious about our costs. His strategic and tactical abilities are strengths that helped us a lot."