Kent Piacenti

Pro Bono General Counsel


Kent is a Senior Associate in the Dallas office of the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP. HisĀ principal areas of practice are complex commercial litigation and appellate litigation, and his clients include private equity, financial, technology, and energy companies, as well as several major religious denominations. Kent has experience with allegations of insider trading and has handled inquiries from FINRA and defended clients against demands and litigation arising from alleged violations of Section 16(b) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. In addition, Kent has represented clients in disputes concerning real property, purchase and sale agreements, professional liability, and alleged securities fraud. Kent has also worked on constitutional litigation involving the Commerce Clause, First Amendment, and Equal Protection Clause.

Kent is actively involved in pro bono work, having represented media organizations as amici curiae in the Supreme Court of Texas and a social justice organization as amicus curiae in the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also active in the community, serving as co-chair of the Dallas Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal. He was recently named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.