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

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Tom Leatherbury, practice group leader of the firm-wide Appellate practice, is an appellate lawyer with forty years of experience in state and federal appeals and trials. During that time, he has worked on commercial, tort, intellectual property and health care cases, as well as class actions. Tom has made 37 appellate and countless trial court arguments, and has tried or handled the appellate-related portions of close to 20 jury trials.

Tom has also regularly represented traditional and digital publishers and broadcasters in all aspects of media litigation throughout his career, including libel, privacy and other torts, reporter’s privilege, newsgathering and access, misappropriation, and breach of contract actions.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Diligent, knowledgeable and highly ethical‘, Vinson & Elkins LLP‘s appellate practice is particularly dominant in energy-related matters, in line with the wider firm’s signature strength. The team has also built up strong experience in First Amendment, IP, bankruptcy, tax and insurance-related issues. Led out of Texas, the group’s broad national footprint has seen it argue matters across the country, including in the US Supreme Court, all federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and state courts nationwide. Marie Yeates and Thomas Leatherbury co-chair the department from Houston and Dallas respectively. Washington DC-based counsel Joshua Johnson  departed for a role at the CFPB.