Top Ranked

Best Law Firms by Practice Area

These firms were voted strongest in each practice area by associates working in that area at peer firms.

  • Survey Methodology

    To determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates vote for the strongest firms in their self-identified practice area(s). Associates are able to vote for up to three firms but are not permitted to vote for their own firm. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2019 Best Law Firms for Energy, Oil and Gas Law

1
% OF VOTES
53.72

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Founded in Houston in 1917, this Lone Star State institution rode the wildcatter era to build its name on (what else?!) oil and gas matters. Vinson &...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
42.70

Baker Botts LLP

One of Texas's elite firms, Bakers Botts has deep roots in the Lone Star State-and a long history of counseling the oil industry and Republican...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
33.88

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham is one of the world's largest law firms, a bona fide member of the clique that includes the Magic Circle and the elite U.S. heritage firms. With...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
18.46

Norton Rose Fulbright

Teaming Up to Go Global Norton Rose Fulbright is the product of some of the last decade's largest law firm combinations, but the legacy firms each had...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
5
5
% OF VOTES
12.12

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell started as a glimmer in the eyes of four Houston attorneys (three of whom bore the surname Bracewell) in 1945. J.S. Bracewell, his sons Searcy...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
4
6
% OF VOTES
10.19

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Giant Among Mortals Kind of like Oprah or Beyoncé, Skadden is a giant among mortals. Known by its one name, it sits atop its world, continuously...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
6
7
% OF VOTES
9.64

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP is one of the nation's leading firms for corporate finance and restructuring, litigation, and project finance and...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
9
8
% OF VOTES
9.37

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley is one of the largest U.S. law firms and traces its roots back to the 1866 founding of predecessor firm Williams & Thompson in Chicago....

TRENDING

2018 Rank
10
9
% OF VOTES
8.82

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Founded in Texas in 1945, Akin Gump has grown to become one of the world's largest law firms, with over 900 lawyers practicing across a vast array of...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
7
10
% OF VOTES
7.71

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Editor's Note: The merger of Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon occurred after Vault's survey period. Associate quotes and most of the...

TRENDING

2018 Rank
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