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

Vinson & Elkins LLP
DALLAS, TX 75201-2975
United States
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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 > M&A litigation: defense

Vinson & Elkins LLP has offices in New York, Texas and California, enabling it to easily handle M&A litigation in state and federal courts across the US. The firm’s fiduciary duty practice deals with pre- and post-closing challenges to mergers and acquisitions, master limited partnership litigation, derivative lawsuits, and other claims made against corporate officers and directors under Delaware law. Over the last ten years, the firm has had 35 lead appearance in Delaware state court. The team is praised as ‘extremely intelligent, gifted writers and excellent communicators who provide creative solutions to litigation matters‘. Michael Holmes in Dallas, who represented Regency Energy in a challenge to its $28bn merger with Energy Transfer Partners, and Michael Charlson in San Francisco lead the practice. Dallas-based John Wander and Clifford Thau in New York are also among the standout practitioners in deal-related matters.

United States > Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers

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Michael Holmes  – Vinson & Elkins LLP

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Clients appreciate Vinson & Elkins LLP for its ‘approach which is carefully tailored in order to provide a unique, right-sized level of support for each matter at hand.‘ The team acts before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, arbitral tribunals, and appellate courts on behalf of clients from various industries, such as energy, banking, private equity, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, environmental, mining, and media/entertainment. Jim Thompson in Houston and John Wander in Dallas head up the firm’s wider litigation practice. Craig Seebald in Washington DC and Michael Holmes in Dallas lead the litigation group, with Houston’s Chris Popov and Christopher Duffy in Washington DC leading the complex commercial litigation team.

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, financial restatements, whistle-blower complaints, short-swing and insider trading allegations. It also has a strong track record in SEC, FINRA and DOJ investigations and enforcement actions. Michael Holmes in Dallas and Michael Charlson in San Francisco lead the practice. Holmes and fellow Dallas-based partner Craig Zieminski recently advised Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. on securities and derivative litigation arising from a highly publicized pipeline leak near Refugio State Beach, along the California coast. John Wander in Dallas and Clifford Thau in New York have general commercial litigation practices with a strong focus on securities litigation and regulatory and internal investigations.