John Wander > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Dallas, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Shareholder Litigation & Enforcement




John focuses his practice on commercial litigation in the accounting, securities, manufacturing, and insurance industries. He is admitted in all state and federal courts in Texas, has an active national practice, and routinely represents issuers and accounting firms before the Securities and Exchange Commission. A significant portion of John’s practice involves (i) investigations, trials, and litigation arising out of financial restatements and accounting fraud, and (ii) shareholder fiduciary duty disputes. The remainder of John’s practice involves complex business litigation, with a focus on partnership disputes, tax disputes, and matters involving termination of business relationships.

John currently serves as Co-Head of the Global Litigation Department.

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 > 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.