Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP at a Glance


  • “Culture of collegiality”
  • “Pro bono commitment”
  • “Work is interesting and varied”


  • “Long hours”
  • "Limited opportunities to make partner"
  • “Amount of work can be a little uneven”

The Buzz

  • “Awesome pro bono”
  • “Washington powerhouse”
  • “Appellate-focused”
  • “Old school”

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, 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, 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, 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 22 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, 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.

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.



Pro Bono Leaders
In a story covered by national legal and general media, ranging from The National Law Journal to The New York Times and NPR, Akin Gump formed the Karnes City Immigrant Family Pro Bono Project with representatives from academia and human rights nonprofits to offer pro bono legal support to Central American women and children seeking asylum who are being held in a government detention center in Karnes City, Texas. Akin Gump donated more than 3,800 hours of pro bono attorney time as well as administrative staff support from 15 people as part of its efforts to counsel and represent these families who are fleeing violence in their own countries.

January 2015

Power Up
Akin Gump advised the conflicts committee of Regency Energy Partners LP in the company's definitive merger agreement with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. At the time, this deal was selected by Texas Lawyer as its Deal of the Week, the second straight week in which Akin Gump was counsel on a deal to receive this honor

October 2014

Novel Theories
Akin Gump obtained a 5-1 decision at the International Trade Commission on behalf of Shikoku Chemicals Corporation and Shikoku International Corporation in which the Commission ruled there is no injury or threat of injury from chlorinated isocyanurates (swimming pool chemicals) from Japan. To do so, the ITC decided, thanks to testimony and documentation from the client and Akin Gump team, not to cumulate imports in its injury analysis, which is contrary to its approach in almost all antidumping injury investigations.

July 2014

Case Dismissed
An Akin Gump labor and employment practice team successfully moved for summary judgment on behalf of client Home Depot in a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action and Arizona class action. The Akin Gump team successfully argued that, contrary to the allegations, drivers who perform delivery services for Home Depot were not misclassified as "independent contractors."

May 2014

Making Time for Exercise
In a widely reported deal, Akin Gump advised Forstmann Little & Co. in its sale of 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc to AEA Investors, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Fitness Capital Partners. With this transaction, the sale of investment properties of the late Ted Forstmann, entrusted to Akin Gump, came to a successful conclusion.

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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 2015: 923

  • 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
    40 out of 40 (2014)

  • 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
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Moscow
  • Singapore
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