Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “We are not overly managed”
  • “Generous, friendly, and supportive colleagues”
  • “Compensation”

Downers

  • “Demanding partners”
  • “Uneven distribution of work”
  • “Stingy on reimbursements/expenses”

The Buzz

  • “SCOTUS practice”
  • “Strong in politics, lobbying”
  • “Buttoned-up”
  • “Long hours”

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 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, labor, commercial litigation, tax, international 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 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, former congressmen Tom Loeffler (R-TX), Bill Paxon (R-NY), and Vic Fazio (D-CA), former White House official Ed Pagano, and various former ambassadors and members of Congress.

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, NFL, Apollo Global Management, Abu Dhabi Motorsports, The Embassy of Japan, several Native American tribes, VimpelCom, and Home Depot. The firm and its attorneys have collected awards for practice and pro bono work from The Lawyer, Financial Times, InsideCounsel, Asialaw, Law360, The National Law Journal, and The American Lawyer.

Historic Moves

In what has been called the largest lateral move in London legal industry history, in September 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.

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.

IN THE NEWS

April 2016
Reykjavik Restructuring

In one of the largest-ever financial restructurings, Akin Gump represented the bondholders of more than $32 billion in bonds issued by three major Icelandic commercial banks that failed in 2008-Kaupthing, Glitnir and Landsbanki-in all aspects of the restructurings of the failed bank estates.

September 2015
Cuba Libre

In September 2015, Akin Gump launched a cross-practice, multi-office initiative devoted to advising clients in an array of matters related to Cuba. The initiative, which included the hiring of several professionals with years of nongovernmental and business experience with the island, builds on the firm's existing strengths in Cuba and other emerging markets.

August 2015
Caspian, the Oil-Friendly Sea

In August 2015, Akin Gump advised PJSC LUKOIL-Russia's second-largest oil and gas company in terms of reserves and the largest Russian oil business group with annual sales of over $140 billion-in the sale of its 50 percent stake in Caspian Investments Resources Ltd. to China-based Sinopec for a consideration of approximately $1.1 billion. The closing of the deal also marked the termination of LCIA arbitration proceedings between the parties launched during the transaction, which settled favorably for LUKOIL, represented by Akin Gump.

Good TV, Better TV, DirecTV

Akin Gump advised AT&T Inc. in its acquisition of DIRECTV. As a result, AT&T became the largest pay-TV provider in the United States and the world, providing service to more than 26 million customers in the United States and more than 19 million customers in Latin America. The deal's total transaction value of $67.1 billion placed it among the largest deals announced in 2014, according to Fortune magazine-and, at the time, was the largest of those deals to close.

July 2015
Lonestar LGBT Win

A 5th Circuit panel, on July 1, issued orders favoring plaintiffs and Akin Gump pro bono clients Cleopatra De Leon, Nicole Dimetman, Victor Holmes, and Mark Phariss in a case centered on marriage equality in Texas. The four plaintiffs had sued the state of Texas (De Leon v. Perry) in order to declare unconstitutional provisions in the Texas Constitution and laws banning same-sex marriage.

February 2015
EEOC Appellate Triumph

In February 2015, Akin Gump achieved a successful decision for Freeman, the leading global partner for integrated experiential marketing solutions for live engagements, at the 4th Circuit, in an appellate case that followed a Maryland district court's 2013 dismissal of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hiring discrimination lawsuit involving criminal background and credit checks.

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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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Kim Koopersmith
  • New York and Firmwide: David H. Botter
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 931

  • Employment Contact

    David H. Botter
    Firmwide Hiring Partner
    (212) 872-1055
    dbotter@akingump.com

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


  • 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
    44 out of 46 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Accountants' Liability • 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 • International Corporate Transactions • International Trade • Investment Funds • Labor & Employment • Mergers & Acquisitions • Policy & Regulation • Private Equity • Product Liability • Public Law & Policy • Real Estate & Finance • 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
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