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Vinson & Elkins LLP
WASHINGTON, DC 20037-1701
United States

Work Department

Complex Commercial Litigation




Alden’s legal career of more than 30 years has ranged from orchestrating multijurisdictional, multinational litigation to some of the most significant multidistrict class actions, and to high-profile cases like the Whitewater investigation. Amounts at stake frequently involve hundreds of millions of dollars or more, and often the cases raise “bet the company” issues. Alden has argued appeals, tried cases, and had evidentiary hearings in federal and state courts across the country, as well as in domestic and international arbitral tribunals.

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Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration

Vinson & Elkins LLP  counts Panama Canal Authority as a major client, currently in connection with its defense in a series of arbitrations arising from disputes with construction contractor GrupoUnidos por el Canal relating to the design and construction of the third set of locks for the Panama Canal expansion project. James Lloyd Loftis heads the practice from the firm’s Houston office; the team also includes London-based Louise Woods, Washington DC-based Alden Atkins and the recently promoted partner Scott Stiegler. Mark Beeley left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP  in 2018, but in mid-2019 the practice was bolstered with the arrival of Camilo Cardozo  and associate José Sanchez from Paul Hastings LLP.

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s antitrust team is particularly strong in Washington DC, Houston and San Francisco and acts for a client roster spanning a vast array of industry sectors. Alden Atkins is currently leading the advice to Southwest Airlines in a series of civil cases consolidated into multi-district litigation arising from the DOJ’s investigation into the US air travel industry, where the major players are alleged to have conspired to restrict seat capacity to inflate fares. In the energy space, Houston-based practice co-head James Reeder teamed up with William Vigdor to represent Plains All American in civil litigation arising from its sale of its crude oil and gasoline terminals to an affiliate of Valero Energy. Darren Tucker, who jointly leads the team with Reeder, recently joined the firm’s Washington DC office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, along with new head of government investigations Hill Wellford and counsel Greg Wells.

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s team, jointly led by Clifford Thau in New York, Matthew Jacobs in San Francisco and William Lawler in Washington DC, represents corporate and individual clients in government investigations, as well as handling a variety of white-collar criminal defense matters, drawing on a deep bench of former federal prosecutors. Although the team lost Craig Margolis and Tirzah Lollar to Arnold & Porter in 2018, it gained Ron Tenpas from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Jennifer Freel, who joined as counsel from Ewell, Brown, Blanke & Knight LLP.  Alden Atkins in Washington DC, Lawrence Elbaum in New York, and Michael Charlson and Jessica Heim in San Francisco are also recommended.

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s commercial arbitration team has ‘a wealth of experience‘ in the energy and infrastructure sector, where it recently represented the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq and its agencies, SOMO and Basrah Oil Company, in a number of contentious matters. Of late, Houston-based practice head James Loftis (‘a remarkable attorney‘ with ‘a calming presence in proceedings‘) represented Iraq in a dispute concerning the operation of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline and unlawful exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government. Also recommended is counsel Tim Tyler and Washington DC-based Alden Atkins, who ‘stands out for his vast knowledge of commercial and investment arbitration’. The firm holds Panama Canal Authority as a client.