Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Family atmosphere”
  • “Transparent pay policy”
  • “Open to different career paths”

Downers

  • “Work distribution”
  • “Sometimes bureaucratic”
  • “The hours can be unpredictable”

About Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Founded in Texas in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has grown to become one of the world's largest law firms, with over 900 lawyers practicing across a vast array of practices in 20 offices around the globe. 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 the largest in the country by revenue. Beyond lobbying and policy work, the firm focuses on a wide range of practices and industries, such as communications, corporate and M&A, cybersecurity, energy, environmental, financial restructuring, global project finance, health care, international trade, investment funds, IP, labor, litigation, real estate and tax, trade, and policy and regulation.

Beltway Bigwigs

The Akin Gump story begins in 1945, when former FBI agents Richard Gump and Robert Strauss started up a small legal 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 are currently with the firm, including Bill Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, former senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), former congressmen Tom Loeffler (R-TX), Bill Paxon (R-NY), and Vic Fazio (D-CA), and various former ambassadors and government officials.

From Football 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, litigation, corporate restructuring, M&A, and technology deals. Noteworthy clients include Starbucks, LUKOIL, the National Football League, Apollo Global Management, United Technologies, The Embassy of Japan, several Native American tribes, VimpelCom, and Home Depot. The firm and its lawyers have collected awards for practice and pro bono work from The American Lawyer, The Lawyer, The National Law Journal, Financial Times, InsideCounsel, and Law360.

Historic Moves                                                                                  

In one of the largest lateral move in London legal industry history, in 2014 a group of 28 partners along with dozens of other lawyers and staff from Bingham McCutchen joined Akin Gump in London and Hong Kong as well as in its newest office, Frankfurt. The move combined industry-leading financial restructuring practices on both sides of the Atlantic and brought to Akin Gump stellar additions in key practices such as corporate, litigation, regulatory, and tax.

Pro Bono Pros

Akin Gump's commitment to pro bono work spans the history of the firm. In 2016 alone, more than 900 Akin Gump lawyers and other personnel from every office and practice group joined together to devote more than 80,000 hours to pro bono clients. Their efforts included: helping the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum prepare a report that allowed the Museum to rebut arguments that EU laws favor speech about the Holocaust over anti-Muslim propaganda; counseling a Philadelphia-based organization seeking to honor the 250th birthday of the United States in establishing a federal commission to organize the effort; and partnering with legal services organizations across the U.S. to aid abused immigrant women seeking to secure U.S. status.

IN THE NEWS

April 2017
Oh Thank Heaven

Akin Gump advised 7-Eleven, Inc., the largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, as it entered into an asset purchase agreement with Sunoco LP to acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores, located in 18 states, in a deal valued at $3.3 billion. 7-Eleven, Inc. currently has more than 8,700 stores in the United States and Canada. This acquisition will be one of the largest in the company's history.

January 2017
Antibody Agreement

Akin Gump represented Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Ono Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., which signed a global patent license agreement with Merck & Co., Inc. to settle all patent-infringement litigation related to Merck's PD-1 antibody Keytruda. This will result in the dismissal with prejudice of all patent litigation between the companies pertaining to Keytruda. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono, which discovered and developed the PD-1 antibody Opdivo, had asserted in litigation that Merck's sale of Keytruda infringed the companies' patents relating to the use of PD-1 antibodies to treat cancer in the United States, Europe Australia and Japan.

Pets are from Mars

In a marquee deal, Akin Gump advised leading veterinary hospital operator VCA Inc. in its $9.1 billion acquisition by Mars, Incorporated, one of the world's largest pet care providers.

October 2016
Cuba Libre

Akin Gump helped make history, as it advised New York-based Roswell Park Cancer Institute to obtain unprecedented U.S. government licenses from the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorizing formation of a joint venture with Cuban state-owned bio-pharma institute Center of Molecular Immunology and the importation of the groundbreaking Cuban lung cancer vaccine CIMAvax-EGF® along with other innovative cancer treatments. This is the first time OFAC has authorized a U.S.-Cuba JV of this kind. The licenses issued to Roswell Park open the door to expansion of medical collaborations with Cuba.

September 2016
India Power Project

Akin Gump advised on a dealthat saw Tata Power's wholly owned subsidiary Tata Power International Pte Limited and ICICI Venture create a platform company, Resurgent Power Ventures Pte Ltd, to facilitate investment in power projects in India over the coming two to three years, all of which are near operational readiness or operating. The platform, co-sponsored by Akin Gump clients Tata Power and ICICI Bank, has raised initial capital commitments of $850 million and targets acquisition of controlling stakes in power generating companies, both conventional and thermal, hydroelectric, and transmission assets in India.

August 2016
Resource Restructuring

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware judge confirmed Quicksilver Resources Inc.'s Chapter 11 liquidation plan. Quicksilver filed for Chapter 11 protection in March 2015, listing $1.21 billion in assets and $2.35 billion in liabilities. The liquidation plan will distribute cash on hand and proceeds from the sale of the company's assets to the company's secured and unsecured creditors. Akin Gump represented Quicksilver in all aspects of the Chapter 11 proceedings, including in the sale of substantially all of its domestic assets to BlueStone National Resources II, LLC.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Kim Koopersmith
  • Recruiting Chairs: David H. Botter (New York and Firmwide), Matt Zmigrosky (Dallas), Susan Leader (Los Angeles), John Goodgame (Houston), Charlie Johnson (DC), Katherine M. Katchen (Philadelphia)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 919

  • Base Salary

    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week


  • Summer Associate Offers
    52 out of 54 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Aerospace & Defense • American Indian Law & Policy • Antitrust • Aviation • Bank Finance • Capital Markets • Climate Change • Commercial Litigation • Communications & Information Technology • Construction • Corporate • Corporate Governance • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection • Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation (ERISA) • Energy • Entertainment & Media • Environment, Natural Resources & Land Health Care • International Corporate Transactions • International Trade • Investment Funds • Labor & Employment • Mergers & Acquisitions • Private Equity • Product Liability • Public Law & Policy • Real Estate & Finance • Regulatory • Securities Enforcement & Litigation • Supreme Court & Appellate • Tax • White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations 

Major Office Locations

  • Dallas, TX • Fort Worth, TX • Houston, TX • Irvine, CA • Longview, TX • Los Angeles, CA • New York, NY • Philadelphia, PA • San Antonio, TX • San Francisco, CA • Washington, DC Abu Dhabi • Beijing • Dubai • Frankfurt • Geneva • Hong Kong • London • Moscow • Singapore