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Jim Thompson

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

Work Department

Complex Commercial Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Jim is a trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience counseling clients with wide-ranging business litigation needs. Head of Vinson & Elkins' Global Litigation department and leader of the firm-wide Complex Commercial Litigation practice group, his practice encompasses lawsuits, appeals, and domestic and international arbitrations across multiple industries.


United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Vinson & Elkins LLP has an active litigation and trials practice; from its multiple offices, its lawyers litigate high-stakes cases around the country. Illustrating the firm's solid reputation in the energy sector and its trial capabilities, the firm was retained by Energy Transfer Equity to defend its right to terminate the company's proposed merger with Williams, which was claiming $10bn in damages; the team ‚Äď which included Michael Holmes, John Wander and¬†Craig Zieminski¬†‚Äď was successful in both Delaware Chancery Court and Supreme Court.¬†Jim Thompson is the head of the firm's litigation practice, and¬†Craig Seebald co-heads the complex commercial litigation group with Wander.

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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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Energy regulation: conventional power

Within: Energy regulation: conventional power

Vinson & Elkins LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in the context of conventional energy regulatory work. Besides assisting clients with obtaining FERC approvals for asset transactions, the energy regulatory group also represents them in cost-of-service rate cases, administrative litigation and investigations carried out by FERC's Office of Enforcement. Jim Thompson (Houston), John Wander (Dallas) and Craig Seebald (DC) are the joint heads of the team. A group led by Jo Ann Biggs (Dallas) and John Decker (DC) assisted an electrical transmission and distribution company with the preparation of change-of-control filings demanded by FERC followings its successful change-of-control transaction with Sempra Energy; this transaction was one which the firm had previously handled in the context of Energy Future Holdings' bankruptcy. Other noteworthy clients include Pattern Energy Group Holdings and Tyr Energy. Matt Henry departed for an in-house position in March 2018. Myles Reynolds and Tab Urbantke joined Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in June 2018 and July 2018 respectively.

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Environment: litigation

Within: Environment: litigation

In a potentially precedent-setting case, Vinson & Elkins LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėvibrant‚Äô practice is representing the San Miguel Electric Cooperative in RCRA, Clean Water Act, and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act enforcement actions filed by the family owning a ranch adjacent to the client‚Äôs 440 MW lignite-fired electric power plant in South Texas; the lignite was strip-mined and the ranch reclaimed by filling the mine pits with coal ash from the power plant and covering the ash with topsoil; Houston-based practice leader Larry Nettles¬†and Margaret Peloso¬†in Washington DC are working on the matter. In other highlight work, the firm has been assisting clients before the federal and state enforcement agencies and in NGO and private citizen claims in matters relating to contaminated sites, damage to individuals and property, pipeline projects, climate change and the Clean Air Act. Other notable names include Jim Thompson, Lewis Sutherland¬†and senior associate Matthew Dobbins, all in Houston. Ron Tenpas¬†joined the Washington DC office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP¬†in October 2018.

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