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

    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

2018 Best Law Firms for Energy, Oil and Gas Law

1
% OF VOTES
47.59

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

2017 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
42.77

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

2017 Rank
2
3
% OF VOTES
32.23

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

2017 Rank
3
4
% OF VOTES
15.66

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

2017 Rank
5
5
% OF VOTES
14.76

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

2017 Rank
4
6
% OF VOTES
12.95

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

2017 Rank
6
7
% OF VOTES
9.94

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Founded in Texas in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has grown to become one of the world's largest law firms, with over 900 lawyers...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
8
8
% OF VOTES
9.34

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

2017 Rank
7
9
% OF VOTES
8.74

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

2017 Rank
9
10
% OF VOTES
8.43

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

More than a century old, Houston-based firm Andrews Kurth has grown from a local powerhouse representative for the railroad industry to an international...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
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