Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP at a Glance


  • “Friendly and supportive peers and mentors”
  • “Flexibility”
  • “Numerous, diverse practice areas”


  • “Opaque decision-making”
  • “Feast or famine cycle of litigation work”
  • “Limited partnership opportunities in smaller offices”

The Buzz

  • “Supreme Court”
  • “Lobby shop”
  • “Creditors’ Committee firm”
  • “Rising star”

About Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP maintains Capitol Hill connections that pay dividends. Long a force in national politics (and even longer a preeminent presence in the Lone Star State), the firm has built a powerful lobbying practice that's one of the largest in the country by revenue. Beyond lobbying, the firm focuses on a wide range of practices, such as energy (including renewable), M&A, global project finance, financial restructuring, investment funds and private equity, IP litigation, labor, commercial litigation, tax, international trade, and policy and legislation. 

Beltway Bigwigs

The Akin Gump story begins in 1945, when former FBI agents Richard Gump and Robert Strauss, who passed away in 2014, started up a small practice in post-war Dallas. Strauss, whose political involvement dated back to Lyndon Johnson's first congressional campaign, went on to become chair of the Democratic National Committee and chaired Jimmy Carter's successful presidential campaign in 1976. Carter returned the favor by appointing Strauss to a cabinet position as Special Trade Representative and hired him as a personal representative in the Middle East peace negotiations. Strauss also worked in George H.W. Bush's administration, serving as Ambassador to the Soviet Union. 

Many politically-connected people have worked for the firm over the years, including former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, and many still remain with the firm, including Bill Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan and Maine independent gubernatorial candidate and Carter administration official Eliot Cutler, along with various former ambassadors and members of Congress.

From Baseball to Lattes

In modern times, Akin Gump has grown to include 20 offices in the U.S. and abroad. Although it's well-known for its lobbying work, the firm has also been recognized for its skill in energy transactions, corporate restructuring, M&A and technology deals. Noteworthy clients include the New York Yankees, Starbucks, LUKOIL, NFL, Apollo Global Management, Abu Dhabi Motorsports, Pardee Homes, several Native American tribes, VimpelCom and noteholders of the Eastman Kodak Company in that organization's bankruptcy proceeding. The firm and its attorneys have collected awards for practice and pro bono work from Financial Times, InsideCounsel, AsiaLaw, Law360, The National Law Journal and The American Lawyer

Asian Expansion and the First Woman Chair

The spirit of innovation is alive and well at Akin Gump, both domestically and abroad. The firm's growing Asia presence includes the opening in 2012 of offices in Hong Kong and Singapore to complement the firm's existing Beijing office, where it represents U.S. and international clients tapping into the region's booming business markets. Akin Gump's Asian influence extends even beyond China and Singapore, with practices focused on handling corporate and government matters in Korea, Japan and India.

Back on the home front, in the fall of 2012 Akin Gump elected Kim Koopersmith as the first female chair of the firm. She succeeded Bruce McLean as chairperson in April 2013. Koopersmith, who was recognized by Law360 as one of America's Most Innovative Managing Partners during her six-year tenure as managing partner of the firm, has pioneered several diversity initiatives at Akin Gump, including a Reduced Workload Policy allowing attorneys to work reduced schedules and still remain on the partnership track, a firm partnership with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, which recruits diverse college students and recent graduates attending law school and places them in summer internships in law firms and financial institutions, and the firm's Women's Professional Development program.

Going Green

Two of Akin Gump's offices-New York and Philadelphia-received LEED®-CI certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Akin Gump is the first law firm in New York (and only the second in the United States) to earn Gold LEED certification. The firm is showing its green commitment with features like floor-to-ceiling building glass to maximize natural light, an on-site five megawatt combined heat and power electrical plant, a "grey-water" system that collects and reuses rainfall, and furniture constructed from wood harvested from FSC-certified forests.


February 2014

Victory for Equality in Texas
In a case that received national and international attention, Federal Judge Orlando Garcia granted an injunction that blocked Article 1, Section 32 of the Texas Constitution and Texas law prohibiting same-sex marriage and recognition of same-sex marriages performed out of state. The plaintiffs in the suit were two couples represented pro bono by Akin Gump.

October 2013

International Arbitration Achievement
A joint trade and public policy effort by Akin Gump allowed Azurix to collect a $165 million international investor-state arbitration award that Argentina had refused to pay, in violation of the U.S.-Argentina Bilateral Investment Treaty. This represents the first time a company has been able to successfully enforce an investor-state arbitration award against a recalcitrant nation.

June 2013

A Big Win for Baristas
In a decision with significant ramifications for New York employers, Akin Gump represented Starbucks Corporation, as the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that the coffee giant's shift supervisors are allowed to share tips left for baristas, but that its assistant managers have sufficient supervisory responsibility to deny them gratuities under the law.

April 2013

An International Offering
A cross-border Akin Gump team advised LUKOIL International Finance BV as issuer on its offering of $3 billion Eurobonds guaranteed by OAO LUKOIL, one of the world's largest international vertically integrated private oil companies.

Finding Power Sources
Akin Gump advised GAIL Global (USA) LNG LLC-an affiliate of India's largest natural gas processing and distribution company, GAIL (India) Limited-in an agreement with Dominion Energy for 2.3 million metric ton per annum liquefaction capacity in the Cove Point LNG liquefaction terminal project in Maryland. The 20-year project is estimated to cost between $3.4 billion to $3.8 billion and will provide direct access to the Marcellus and Utica Shales, two of the most prolific natural gas regions in North America.

March 2013

A Repeat Performance
Akin Gump represented second lien noteholders of Eastman Kodak in the negotiation of an amended and restated commitment letter for $830 million in supplemental junior debtor-in-possession financing. In December 2012, the firm had represented the same second lien noteholders in the historic $525 million sale of Kodak's digital imaging patents.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Robert S. Strauss Building
1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1564
Phone: (202) 887-4000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Kim Koopersmith
  • New York and Firmwide: David H. Botter
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 883

  • Employment Contact
    David H. Botter
    Firmwide Hiring Partner
    Phone: (212) 872-1055
    Fax: (212) 872-1000
    E-mail: dbotter@akingump.com

    Recruiting contacts for all locations at http://www.akingump.com/en/careers/students/recruiting-process/application-information.html.

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    37 out of 37 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Accountants' Liability
    Aerospace & Defense
    American Indian Law & Policy
    Bank Finance
    Capital Markets
    Climate Change
    Commercial Litigation
    Communications & Information Technology
    Corporate Governance
    Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation (ERISA)
    Entertainment & Media
    Environment, Natural Resources & Land
    Equipment Leasing
    Financial Restructuring
    Global Markets
    Global Project Finance
    Global Security
    Government Contracts
    Health Industry
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Corporate Transactions
    International Trade
    Investment Funds
    Labor & Employment
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Policy & Regulation
    Privacy & Data Protection
    Private Equity
    Product Liability
    Public Law & Policy
    Real Estate & Finance
    Securities Enforcement & Litigation
    Supreme Court & Appellate
    White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Irvine, CA
  • Longview, TX
  • Los Angeles (Century City), CA
  • Los Angeles (Downtown), CA
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Beijing
  • Geneva
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Moscow
  • Singapore
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