Vinson & Elkins - Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni

  • J. Evans Attwell, former V&E managing partner; Chair, Harris County Hospital District; and partial owner, Houston Astros (1978–1994)
  • Howard H. Baker Jr., former U.S. Senator; White House Chief of Staff (1987–88)
  • John B. Connally, Jr., Presidential candidate (1980); Secretary of the Treasury (1971–72); Governor of Texas (1962–69); and Secretary of the Navy (1961–62)
  • John "Buck" E. Chapoton, Sr., Assistant Secretary, U.S. Treasury Department (1981–84)
  • Carol E. Dinkins, Deputy Attorney General of Department of Justice (1984–85); Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division for Department of Justice (1981–83)
  • James A. Elkins, Co-Founder, Vinson & Elkins LLP; Founder, First City Bank
  • Alberto Gonzales, U.S. Attorney General (2005–07); White House Counsel (2001–05); Texas State Supreme Court (1999–2001); State Secretary of State Texas (1997–99); General Counsel to Governor George W. Bush (1995–97)
  • James J. Hoecker, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) (1997–2001)
  • Theodore “Ted” W. Kassinger, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce (2004-); General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce (2001–04)
  • Ron Kirk, Mayor of Dallas, Texas (1995–2001); U.S. Trade Representative (2009-)
  • Claude Pollard, Co-Founder Vinson, Elkins, Wood and Pollard, Attorney General of Texas (1927–1929)
  • Harry Reasoner, Managing Partner (1992–2001)
  • Jeff Smisek, chairman, president and CEO, Continental Airlines
  • William A. Vinson, Co-Founder, Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Max Holmes, Founder, Plainfield Asset Management LLC


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