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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Guy Lipe

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Guy is an experienced trial lawyer who has extensive experience representing companies in the energy industry in the courts and in arbitration in connection with all types of commercial disputes. Dubbed by clients as ‘absolutely first rate – head and shoulders above opposing counsel’, and ‘a wonderful litigator – he works efficiently and produces results’ in the 2010 edition of Legal 500 U.S.; he is also recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading lawyers in the area of energy litigation, and is considered “as smart and strategic as anybody, and his understanding of and attention to detail are unparalleled."


  • Member: Joint Editorial Board, Uniform Law Commission
  • Past Co-Chair: International Litigation Committee of the Section of International Law, American Bar Association
  • ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on Implementation of the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements
  • ABA Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on the Uniform Unsworn Foreign Declarations Act


Guy graduated from Texas A&M University, B.B.A. in 1980, and The University of Texas, J.D. in 1983 (Fraternity: Chancellors). Admitted to Texas Bar in 1983.

United States: Industry focus

Energy litigation: oil and gas

Within: Energy litigation: oil and gas

Contentious oil and gas matters are managed by the complex commercial litigation team at Vinson & Elkins LLP; this is jointly led by Jim Thompson (Houston), John Wander (Dallas), Craig Seebald (DC) and Guy Lipe (Houston). Notable clients of the practice include Anadarko Petroleum and Occidental Petroleum. Significant work included Houston-based Patrick Mizell and others obtaining a dismissal of $400m in alleged fraud claims brought against international energy trading company Vitol; this involved representation at courts of appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. Mizell also leads in representing Apache Corporation in several climate change lawsuits in the Northern District of California; the plaintiffs are Californian municipalities seeking $2bn in damages for a predicted future rise in sea level. Also recommended are Mark Rodriguez (Houston), Matthew Stammel (Dallas) and Phillip Dye (Houston). Austin-based commercial litigator Marisa Secco  was promoted to the partnership.

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