Chairman, Vinson & Elkins LLP


Mark Kelly is Chairman of Vinson & Elkins and also leads the firm’s diversity efforts as Chair of the firm’s diversity committee. He is the Past Director of the State Bar of Texas and current Chair of the Executive Committee of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

On the firm’s diversity efforts, Mark says: “We examine and are working to improve things like our interview practices, feedback and evaluation systems, work allocation, and sponsorship programs, to name a few critical areas that often impact the success of our diverse lawyers.”

Other diversity initiatives at the firm include programming for women, diversity scholarships for high school and law school students, and first-year law student fellowships. V&E has been ranked a top firm by Yale Law Women, Working Mother magazine, and the Austin Bar Association. The firm was an LCLD Most Active Member Law Firm in 2014 and 2015. 

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation  

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
2021: Patrick Gadson; 2020: Damara Chambers; 2019: Quentin Smith; 2018: Grace Ho; 2016: Mingda Zhao; 2015: Devika Kornbacher; 2014: Manuel G. Berrelez; 2013: Michael T. Murphy; 2012: Maritza Okata; 2011: Dionne Lomax

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2021: Aurra Fellows, Victoria Galvez Godfrey; 2020: Michelle Arishita, Rafael Alvarado; 2019: Simone King, Robert Landicho; 2018: Alex Kamel, Julia Tong; 2017: R. Kent PiacentiCarla Jordan-Detamore; 2015: Christine Roushdy

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2021: Amanda Hernandez, Tayler Daniels, Sarah Smati, Magd Lhroob, Jas Sethi, Liviya James, Barbara Tsao, Camryn McGinnis, Yusuf Bavi, Courtney Cater, Konadu Amoakuh, Drew Gehman;2020: Andreina Escobar, Insiya Aziz, Shubhankar Chandrasekaran, Tatiana Hyman, Silvia Moreno, Thuy Nguyen, Kenneth Brown, Vinita Davey, Ho Jung Kim, Jalee Blackwell, Cassandra Zarate; 2019: Ilana Gomez, Angie Garcia, Daniel Oyolu, Shirley Foo, Karla Maradiaga; 2018: Emiliano Delgado, Michael Denton, Matthew Green, Kathy Phan, Donovan Stone, Ryan Sun; 2017: Stephanie Agu, Christopher Garza, Isabella Uria, Helen Xiang; 2016: Dmetri Culkar, Emily Fawcett, Daryne Foote, Daniel Han, Eric Hernandez, Justin Lim, Ben Perry, Kendall Wells; 2015: Kayla M. DeLeon, Meredith S. Simons; 2014: Adam Abulawi, Asasia Carter, Akhil Gola, Daniela Gutierrez, James Haecker, Alisha Mehta; 2013: Kyrie Ruiz, Joe Tobias, Jasmine Woodard; 2012: Matthew Cox, Victoria Galvez, Kathleen S. Park 

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)


Member: T. Mark Kelly, Scott Wulfe

Diversity Professionals: Allie McWilliamsDavid Dixon