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Vinson & Elkins LLP
Texas Tower
845 Texas Avenue, Suite 4700
Houston, Texas 77002
United States
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Energy Litigation




Nick is a trial attorney who represents and advises clients in their complex commercial disputes in both litigation and arbitration. Nick has litigated and arbitrated many cases through a jury verdict or final award, and has resolved many more disputes without the necessity of trial to achieve favorable outcomes for his clients.

Nick’s practice focuses on handling complex commercial disputes in the energy industry, including various upstream and midstream contract disputes, fracing disputes, royalty disputes, leasing disputes, joint development/operating agreement disputes, and disputes arising from purchase and sale transactions. Nick also has significant experience handling other types of complex commercial disputes, such as antitrust cases, trade secrets cases, and transnational litigation matters.

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United States > Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas

(Next Generation Partners)

Nicholas Shum  – Vinson & Elkins LLP

The energy litigation team at Vinson & Elkins LLP acts on a broad range of energy disputes in the oil and gas sector, both domestically and internationally, including cases surrounding transportation of oil and gas, contract disputes, royalty litigation and class actions. Disputes specific to shale and hydraulic manufacturing are another key area of expertise. Dallas-based Matthew Stammel heads the energy litigation practice group, frequently representing oil and gas companies and private equity firms in commercial disputes, while Houston’s Jim Thompson co-leads the wider litigation department, with over 35 years’ experience handling lawsuits, appeals and domestic and international arbitration for clients in the oil and gas sector. Nicholas Shum has considerable experience litigating contracts involving upstream, midstream and oilfield services companies, while also handling significant antitrust and trade secrets matters. Stephanie Noble was promoted to partner at the end of 2022, with a track record for representing clients in energy, contract, shareholder and construction disputes. Jason Fleischer joined the team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in February 2023.