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2023 Best Law Firms for Energy, Oil, & Gas Law
#1

Vinson & Elkins

V&E’s lean-team model means great training for associates, with hands-on experience, strong partner mentorship, and opportunities to tackle new challenges. Overall, associates agree that V&E offers a great culture, great compensation, and great work. With its largest office in Texas, V&E’s southern hospitality shines through at the firm and associates don’t shy away from an opportunity to socialize, both inside and outside the office. Through its market-leading approach, V&E has been tackling some of the most complex legal disputes for over 100 years.

47.62% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#1

Vinson & Elkins
#2

Baker Botts L.L.P.

As the oldest BigLaw firm in Texas, Baker Botts gives attorneys exposure to a variety of high-caliber legal work—the icing on the cake is that it all happens in a collegial environment that fosters genuine friendships and organic mentorship.

32.86% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#2

Baker Botts L.L.P.
#3

Latham & Watkins

You know you’ve made it in the legal industry when you’ve landed a spot at Latham. The firm is a global leader across dozens of practice areas, with over 3,000 lawyers in 15 countries, and recruits the best of the best. This globalization allows Latham to service clients with the finest legal resources, regardless of location. Those seeking autonomy to shape their practice plus extensive training and support will be pleased with their opportunities at this legal giant.

25.71% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#4

Latham & Watkins
#4

Kirkland & Ellis

A legal giant—both in size and reputation—Kirkland is the perfect firm for driven individuals who are ready to take control of their legal careers. Associates at the firm agree that with the firm’s robust training and the firm’s name on their resumes, their futures are bright.

23.57% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#3

Kirkland & Ellis
#5

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright hires attorneys who mesh with its kind, social culture. New leadership has made some recent, well-received changes, including expanded diversity and wellness initiatives, a new training platform, and heightened transparency. With offices in over 50 cities worldwide, Norton Rose Fulbright is a global firm with a diversity of work and a noteworthy presence in the renewable energy sphere.

14.05% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#5

Norton Rose Fulbright
#6

Bracewell LLP

With approximately 350 lawyers across 10 offices—including two international posts—Bracewell LLP is a global firm with a range of practices. But the firm’s Texas roots are still as strong as ever, demonstrated by its strength in energy and four offices within the state. And if there was any doubt about its Southern roots, just ask the associates who rave about the firm’s friendly, hospitable culture.

10.00% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#6

Bracewell LLP
#6

Milbank

Leading the charge in compensation, Milbank is among the most elite law firms for corporate law. The firm prioritizes mentoring and training, including through its highly regarded Milbank@Harvard program. Hardworking-yet-easygoing candidates will fit well with the firm’s friendly culture.

10.00% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#8

Milbank
#8

Sidley Austin LLP

With an impressive global footprint and a roster of top-notch clients, Sidley is the cream of the crop when it comes to law firms. Come for the sophisticated work, and stay for the polite, amiable Midwestern vibe—as well as a sincere commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.

8.81% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#11

Sidley Austin LLP
#9

White & Case

Look up “global law firm” in the thesaurus, and you’ll find White & Case. A leader in cross-border work, the firm works across two dozen practice areas. The firm is home to a truly diverse team of lawyers and boasts a top-down commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace.

8.33% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#7

White & Case
#10

Orrick

Innovation is the name of the game at Orrick—from the energy and tech clients the firm counsels, to its impactful wellbeing initiatives, to its modern technology tools. Associates who are down to earth, collaborative, and forward thinking will fit right in at this progressive firm. With offices in over 25 markets across the United States, Europe, and Asia, Orrick is a legal powerhouse with a dedication to pro bono, diversity, and competitive compensation.

7.62% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#12

Orrick
#11

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Though Hunton Andrews Kurth did not take on its current form until 2018, after a major merger, the foundation of the firm was laid well before—in 1901, to be exact. From this single office in Richmond, Virginia, the firm has blossomed into a legal giant with 21 offices and over 900 attorneys. It is known for its strength in the energy, financial services, real estate, and retail and consumer products industries.

7.14% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#10

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
#12

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

900 lawyers strong with a long list of lauded practice areas, there isn’t much at which Akin Gump doesn’t excel. Transparent? Check. Making strides in diversity? You bet. Walking the wellness walk? Absolutely. Social types who are down to earth will fit well at the firm. Akin Gump is a leader in lending a helping hand, with an attorney average of more than 100 hours devoted to pro bono clients per year and over 70% pro bono participation.

6.91% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#9

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
#13

Skadden

From M&A to tax, Skadden is a legal powerhouse and mainstay among the most prestigious firms in Vault’s Top 100 ranking. Skadden lawyers are a social bunch who value teamwork and mentorship, while also diving headfirst into complex matters. From New York to Shanghai, the Skadden name is worldwide, with over 1,600 attorneys across eight U.S. offices and 13 international offices. Exit opportunities are endless for Skadden attorneys, due to the firm’s strong alumni network and prestigious name. The firm’s commitment to pro bono is unparalleled, with over two million hours dedicated to pro bono over the past 10 years.

6.67% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#13

Skadden
#14

Gibson Dunn

A litigation powerhouse, appellate all-star, and corporate law force, Gibson Dunn is a V10 firm with impressive practice and client lists across its 20 worldwide offices. Gibson attracts go-getters who will succeed in the firm’s free-market system and mesh with the professional, amiable culture. Attorneys who want to engage in pro bono work, with hours satisfying billable requirements, will find robust, dynamic opportunities with Gibson Dunn. The firm’s flex-time program, with prorated hours and compensation, is attractive to many.

6.43% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#14

Gibson Dunn
#15

King & Spalding LLP

Focusing on litigation, regulatory, and transactional work, King & Spalding’s Atlanta roots set a tone of “southern hospitality” throughout the firm. Come for the collegiality and mentorship, stay for the free Coca Cola. After almost 100 years in Atlanta alone, K&S is now widely regarded as a global firm with 23 offices worldwide and more than 1,200 attorneys.

5.24% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#15

King & Spalding LLP
#16

Hogan Lovells

Truly a megafirm, Hogan Lovells is home to close to 3,000 lawyers working across more than 50 offices. The firm is particularly well known for its privacy work as well as its high-profile pro bono matters. Lawyers who are down to earth and have a strong desire to give back through pro bono will fit well.

4.29% of Votes

2022 Ranking

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Hogan Lovells
#17

Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord offers top-tier legal work in a laid-back, cordial environment. Lean staffing means early responsibility and experience for associates. With a number of women in leadership roles, the firm’s commitment to diversity shows in practice. Communication is key at this collaborative firm and the social culture transcends beyond the walls of the office. Those seeking to gain quality experience, project leadership, and the ability to move up the ranks should look no further than Locke Lord.

4.05% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Locke Lord LLP
#17

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 law. Combined with its presence in Denver, Seattle, and the Bay Area, this mid-sized law and policy firm is a formidable force to be reckoned with. The firm is home to one of the largest gas and electric practices in the country and was one of the first firms to have major climate change and gas emission regulatory practices.

4.05% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#20

Van Ness Feldman LLP
#19

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston’s Midwestern roots—though it’s grown to ten domestic and six international offices—are reflected in its top-to-bottom friendly culture. Strong mentorship allows junior associates to quickly develop skills on high-profile matters, and robust wellness and diversity programs round out the Winston experience. Those hoping to find a strong pro bono commitment in a law firm will be pleased with Winston, as the firm ranks high in number of dedicated attorneys and attorney hours.

3.33% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Winston & Strawn LLP
#20

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Established in 1974 by attorneys with ties to the EPA and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Beveridge & Diamond has excelled nationally in environmental law, including recognitions by Vault and Chambers, among others. The firm represents clients in a diverse array of environmental issues and handles it all, from litigation, to transactional matters, to regulatory and legislative concerns.

3.10% of Votes

2022 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.