Jim Thompson > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Vinson & Elkins LLP
SUITE 2500
HOUSTON, TX 77002-6760
United States
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Work Department

Commercial & Business Litigation




Jim is a trial attorney with more than 30 years of experience counseling clients with wide-ranging business litigation needs. Head of Vinson & Elkins’ Global Litigation department, his practice encompasses lawsuits, appeals, and domestic and international arbitrations across multiple industries.

As a former petroleum engineer, Jim has hands-on experience with many issues affecting energy industry clients, and handles related disputes and other matters before numerous state and federal courts, as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Minerals Management Service, and Railroad Commission of Texas.

Jim also serves as Chair of the Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Task Force, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Jim Thompson – Vinson & Elkins LLP

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.

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.