Marie Yeates > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
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HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States
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Marie Yeates is one of the country’s leading appellate lawyers. She serves as co-head of V&E’s Appellate practice.

Over the course of a nearly four-decade-long career at V&E, Marie has presented more than 130 appellate oral arguments in federal and state appellate courts across the country. She has argued dozens of cases in the Texas Supreme Court. A graduate of Louisiana State University School of Law where Marie was first in her class, and admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1980, she has significant experience arguing appeals in Louisiana courts.

Marie represents clients in the oil and gas industry, as well as other sectors, and is widely recognized for her intelligence, tenacity, perfectionism and detailed preparation. Marie credits her collaborative approach and her ability to simplify complicated concepts as the keys to her successful outcomes.

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.

United States > Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas

The litigation team at Vinson & Elkins LLP consists of litigators and appellate lawyers and includes former petroleum engineers, giving the team a unique perspective from which to advise on a broad array of oil and gas issues. The group has experience in disputes relating to shale and hydraulic fracking, as well as oil and gas recovery and transportation, including energy contract disputes and class actions. Practice co-head Jim Thompson has an extensive background in the energy industry; his fellow co-head Matthew Stammel is frequently instructed by oil and gas companies and private equity firms. Nicholas Shum is recommended for his expertise in contract disputes that involve upstream, midstream and oilfield services companies. Head of the firm’s appellate practice, Marie Yeates is also a name to note. At associate level, senior Stephanie Noble provides strong support to the team. All named lawyers are based in Houston apart from Stammel, who is based in Dallas.