Michael Holmes > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Dallas, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
DALLAS, TX 75201-2975
United States
Michael Holmes photo

Work Department

Shareholder Litigation & Enforcement




Michael is co-head of the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice. His practice includes mergers & acquisitions, securities litigation, corporate governance, directors and officer representation, and commercial disputes. Michael has appeared as lead counsel in several jurisdictions, and has significant experience in handling Delaware corporate and partnership litigation matters. Most recently, Michael was lead trial counsel for Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. in connection with a lawsuit adverse to The Williams Companies to enforce rights under the parties’ merger agreement. Following expedited discovery and an expedited trial, The Delaware Court of Chancery entered an opinion and order permitting his client to terminate the merger agreement. This decision was affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court. Michael has also handled a variety of corporate investigations, including internal investigations and investigations initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers

(Leading trial lawyers)

Michael Holmes  – Vinson & Elkins LLP

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Vinson & Elkins LLP represents issuers, underwriters, accounting firms, financial institutions, and directors and officers in securities fraud class actions and other claims associated with stock-price declines. Most prominent in the energy sector, the firm is increasingly involved in cases arising from a diverse range of industries, among them financial services. Michael Holmes in Dallas and Michael Charlson in San Francisco lead the securities and shareholder litigation and enforcement group. Clifford Thau in New York is currently acting for Stronghold Digital Mining, a bitcoin mining company. Also in New York, Lawrence Elbaum has ‘a calm, analytical demeanor coupled with astute business acumen’. He worked with Charlson on the defense of Genius Brands International in securities class actions alleging the company made materially false and misleading statements concerning the its business and business prospects. Dallas-based Craig Zieminski is a lynchpin of the practice. John Wander has left the firm.