Thomas Mark Kelly

Chairman at Vinson & Elkins LLP

Thomas Mark Kelly

Thomas Mark Kelly

Chairman at Vinson & Elkins LLP

Biography

Mark is the Chairman of the firm. He maintains an active practice concentrated on mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies, capital markets, and corporate governance.
In 2014, Mark was named “Lawyer of the Year” Corporate Law–Houston by Best Lawyers, (The Best Lawyers in America, 2014). Chambers USA describes Mark as “a great marshal of resources” and “a good senior guy for situations where real problem-solving is needed” (Chambers USA, 2018). Mark has also been named to the NACD Directorship 100: Governance Professionals, a list of the most influential people in the boardroom community, for the past three years (2015-2017).

Mark has extensive experience in public offerings of equity securities, as well as public and private debt securities. His clients include numerous public and private companies, major investment banks, and venture capital firms in a diverse range of industries, including energy and oilfield services, gas marketing, manufacturing, insurance, medical technology, and shipping. Mark also has experience advising boards of directors at Fortune 100 companies. Mark has represented clients in over 150 domestic and cross-border debt and equity offerings since 2008.

Mark is past director of the State Bar of Texas, past president of the Houston Bar Association, and past chair of the Houston Bar Foundation. He is active Chair of the Executive Committee of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a member of the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center, a director of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and serves on the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

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Number of Boards

12

Number of Awards

40

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Vice President, Investment Team, Oil & Gas at EIG Global Energy Partners

EIG Global Energy Partners focuses on investments in energy and energy-related infrastructure projects and companies on a global basis.

Education
JD, Phi Delta Phi
Class of 1981

We are a global law school community of distinguished alumni residing throughout the United States and in more than 75 countries. Our faculty is well-recognized for its outstanding teaching and scholarly leadership in such areas as dispute resolution (including litigation), international and comparative law, intellectual property, corporate, commercial and tax law. We offer a rich curriculum of over 165 upper class courses in subjects such as oil and gas, health and environmental law. Over one-half of our upper class courses have fewer than 25 students; three-fourths have fewer than 50 students. The first year class is divided into three sections (two full-time and one part-time evening) of approximately 90 students each, with small legal writing sections of approximately 25 students each. We emphasize the vital skill of legal writing through our six-hour legal research, writing and advocacy course and an elective three-hour edited writing seminar. The law quadrangle provides an idyllic setting for learning. The Underwood Law Library houses the largest private law collection in the Southwest. The Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn offers students an elegant backdrop for study breaks and meals. A secure wireless network is available in all law school buildings. Most importantly, our small size fosters a scholarly community that features interaction with faculty, attention to your personal needs, and lifelong friendships. We have an active student government, five respected law journals, six specialized legal clinics and two related projects, numerous moot court and mock trial competitions, and one of the finest Career Services Offices in the country. In addition, students participate in the thriving intellectual life of the school. We have been chosen as the national headquarters for the Appellate Judges Educational Institute. In 2006 the Institute brought over 225 appellate judges and attorneys from across the country to SMU, including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the Chief Justices of Texas and Indiana, and the Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit. Recently, the 35 students in our SMU Oxford program assisted with our Supreme Court Summit in which Justices O’Connor, Ginsburg, and Breyer participated, as did Justices from Europe's highest court, the European Court of Justice. In spring 2007, we were honored to host a group of distinguished Justices from the ECJ on campus. A thriving community of scholars call Dedman Law home. Our distinguished faculty, coupled with our intelligent and inquisitive student body personify Robert Dedman's words, "Leadership starts with learning."

BBA in Accounting, magna cum laude, Beta Alpha PSI, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Eta Sigma
Class of 1978

Texas A&M University (A&M or TAMU) is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas, United States. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System, the fourth-largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas.Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding and has made notable contributions to such fields as animal cloning and petroleum engineering.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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HBA Constitution, Article 1, Section 2: The object of the Association shall be to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Texas by educating both attorneys and citizens of their legal, civic and ethical responsibilities; to promote the administration of justice by educating the public about the qualifications of judicial candidates; by providing alternative, cost effective means for citizens to resolve their disputes, and by providing access to legal services for all; to improve the law; to uphold the honor and dignity of the profession by providing charitable and legal services to all; to promote professional ethics among its members through education; to improve community relations through charitable service and education; and to promote fellowship among its members.

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The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the nation. Membership is composed of the most elite Texas attorneys. The Foundation’s members are nominated because of their dedication to the administration of justice and high professional standing among his or her peers. For more than four decades, the Texas Bar Foundation has helped organizations to: * Educate the public about their rights and responsibilities under the law * Provide legal services to the poor * Assist those who turn to the legal system for protection Since 1965, the trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation have awarded more than $15 million in grants to charitable organizations across Texas. Grants are made possible by the generosity of Fellows and charitable gifts from individuals and law firms across the state. The Texas Bar Foundation and its members are committed to our mission…Advancing Justice in Texas…by providing opportunities to support the rule of law in Texas.

Career History
Chairman
Current

Vinson & Elkins LLP provides legal services. The firm maintains civil practice, covering areas such as litigation, public policy, transaction, and energy law. The firm serves the clients including companies from the aviation, energy, financial services, health care, and technology industries. The company was founded in 1917 by James A. Elkins and William A. Vinson and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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2014

Kinkaid School, Inc. operates schools. It provides educational services along with social development, athletic participation, and arts and ethical behavior. The company was founded by Margaret Hunter Kinkaid in 1906 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

$1,500 - $2,999
2013

Kinkaid School, Inc. operates schools. It provides educational services along with social development, athletic participation, and arts and ethical behavior. The company was founded by Margaret Hunter Kinkaid in 1906 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

$1,000 - $2,499
2012

Kinkaid School, Inc. operates schools. It provides educational services along with social development, athletic participation, and arts and ethical behavior. The company was founded by Margaret Hunter Kinkaid in 1906 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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Western Midstream Partners LP purchases Western Midstream Operating LP

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation issued Common Stock

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Western Midstream Partners LP issued Common Units

Awards & Honors
2011
Best Lawyers – Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law
2011
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law
2011
Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
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