Top Ranked

Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area

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

  • Survey Methodology

    In order to determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates were able to vote for up to three firms in their own practice area, but were not permitted to vote for their own firm. Self-identified corporate associates were allowed to vote only in the corporate-related categories (securities, financial services, etc.); litigators were allowed to vote in the litigation categories, and so on. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2014 Best Law Firms for Energy, Oil and Gas Law

1
% OF VOTES
48.44

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin 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

2013 Rank
NR
2
% OF VOTES
45.31

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

2013 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
43.23

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

2013 Rank
1
4
% OF VOTES
28.65

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

2013 Rank
4
5
% OF VOTES
23.96

Bracewell LLP

Editor's note: In January 2016 Rudy Giuliani left Bracewell & Giuliani and the firm re-branded itself as Bracewell LLP. Long known for its...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
NR
5
% OF VOTES
23.96

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

2013 Rank
3
6
% OF VOTES
19.79

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

2013 Rank
5
7
% OF VOTES
11.98

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman's seat in the nation's capital gives it prime access to the governmental, regulatory, and compliance aspects of environmental and energy...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
8
8
% OF VOTES
8.85

Chadbourne & Parke (now part of Norton Rose Fulbright)

With hundreds of attorneys working in dozens of practice areas across the globe, Chadbourne has made significant strides toward shedding its reputation...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
8
9
% OF VOTES
7.29

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,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
6
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