Our Firm

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm providing innovative legal services and business solutions to individuals and institutions.  We are one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers and professionals in 20 offices.  Our firm’s clients range from individuals to corporations and foreign governments.

We were founded in Texas in 1945 by Robert Strauss and Richard Gump, with the guiding vision that commitment, excellence and integrity would drive the success of the firm.  We incorporated those qualities into the firm’s core values as we grew into an international full-service firm positioned at the intersection of commerce, policy and the law.   This dedication to the advancement of these values guides relationships within the firm and, most importantly, with its clients.

Our Practice

Akin Gump is widely recognized for its strength in litigation and international arbitration, high stakes appellate work, financial restructuring, corporate transactions, investment funds, global project finance and international trade and for its depth in public policy, which allow the firm to provide a comprehensive suite of services for governments, companies and individuals worldwide.   Our goal in every engagement is to offer a level of client service that not only meets but anticipates our clients’ needs and exceeds their expectations. From reputational defense of headline-makers to down- and midstream energy investments, from precedential class action dismissals to protection of terrorism’s victims, we serve clients in over 85 practices that range from the traditional, such as litigation and corporate, to the contemporary, such as data privacy and national security.  Our lawyers, many of them with years of experience in the boardroom, on the bench and in the halls of government, collaborate across borders and practice areas to provide comprehensive counsel.

Accolades

2016

BTI Consulting Group – BTI Power Rankings 2016

BTI Consulting Group, in its BTI Power Rankings 2016, placed Akin Gump in its “ultimate relationship status of Clientopia”—those firms clients both name as their go-to firms and recommend most to their peers—in the category of financial services.  The Power Rankings survey reports clients’ view of the law firms with which they have the best relationships.

India Business Law Journal – Top Law Firm for India Work

Akin Gump was named one of the top international law firms for India work, according to India Business Law Journal.  The firm was noted for its “solid reputation in emerging markets” with a “strong focus on India.” Last year, the publication notes, Akin Gump advised Everstone Group on the closing of its third private equity fund, Everstone Capital Partners III, worth $730 million.

WorldECR Awards – U.S. Sanctions Law Firm of the Year

Akin Gump was named a runner-up in the WorldECR Awards category of U.S. Sanctions Law Firm of the Year.  WorldECR cited the firm’s “impressive breadth of experience representing companies on matters related to sanctions programs, including those over Cuba, Ukraine/Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Myanmar, Iraq and Libya.”

Minority Corporate Counsel Association – Thomas L. Sager Award

Akin Gump was selected as one of three nationwide finalists for the 2016 Thomas L. Sager Award.  The Thomas L. Sager Award is presented annually by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) recognizing law firms “that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys.”

BTI – Most Recommended Law Firm

For the second year in a row, Akin Gump was ranked in the BTI Most Recommended Law Firms report published by BTI Consulting Group, an independent research organization that focuses on how clients “acquire, manage and evaluate” professional services firms.  The ranking is based “solely on in-depth telephone interviews with leading legal decision makers…at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue.”

LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards – Best Trainer – US Firm in the City

LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards has honored Akin Gump with the award for Best Trainer – US Firm in the City.  The awards “identify and laud those employers in the profession that do a great job in giving their trainees a flying start in the profession. These are the firms that tell the truth and play straight during the recruitment process, support and fairly assess trainees, and nurture their burgeoning careers.” More than 2,000 trainees and newly qualified solicitors are surveyed, their responses forming the pool from which the winners were selected.

Her Justice – Firm Commitment Award

Akin Gump was recognized by Her Justice with its inaugural Firm Commitment Award. The award was given to the law firm averaging the most hours of pro bono services per lawyer on behalf of the organization. Last year, the firm averaged 26 hours per lawyer, or more than 5000 total hours.

HFMWeek – European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2016

Akin Gump was named the “Best Onshore Law Firm – client service” at HFMWeek’s European Hedge Fund Services Awards 2016, which “recognize and reward those hedge fund service providers that have demonstrated exceptional customer service and innovative product development over the past 12 months.”

IJGlobal – IJGlobal Awards

Akin Gump advised on the transaction awarded European Oil & Gas deal of 2015 at the annual IJGlobal Awards. The Awards celebrate best-in-class energy and infrastructure deals over the past year.

CTA Intelligence – US Services Awards

Akin Gump was once again been honored at the CTA Intelligence US Services Awards.  For the second straight year, the firm won in the category of “Best Law Firm – Overall.” It was a finalist in the category of “Best Law Firm – Client Service.”