$250 Million dollar Truck accident verdict.

Lawyer of the Year
Oil and Gas Law, Houston

James D. Thompson, III


Vinson & Elkins LLP


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 and leader of the firm-wide Complex Commercial Litigation practice group, 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.