1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, | Washington | DC | 20036-1564
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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP was founded in 1945, with the guiding vision of commitment, excellence and integrity to win and succeed. The firm focuses on creating and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with its clients. Akin Gump has a global network of offices through which it advises mutually leading enterprises.
The firm has a strong grasp over a large range of industries such as communications and technology, mining, minerals and energy, and consumer goods & services. It deals with matters that involve policy, trade, dispute resolution, project development, and project development activities. Its scope of practice is in both mature as well as emerging markets.
Akin Gump operates with a clear vision in mind – To deal with the array of legal challenges that companies could encounter on their way to achieving their business goals. This vision is especially important because Akin Gump is still essentially a first-generation firm. The people that have built the firm continue to serve the clients that have obtained business success together.
Akin Gump is formed of men and women of diverse skills and talents with varied approaches to the law. The lawyers at the firm strive to succeed in all areas of law and do not rest until they have achieved the highest standards of legal service. The firm focuses on achieving results that help clients business to develop and grow.
Akin Gump is one of the largest law firms in the world. With more than 850 lawyers based at offices in Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angles, London, Brussels, and Moscow and an affiliate in Saudi Arabia, it is best known as one of the nation’s top lobbying firms.
Many of the firm’s prominent attorneys are former chairmen, members of administration, and even former members of the US House of Representatives. Robert Strauss, one of the two founders of the firm is a former a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. In the initial years after law school, he joined the FBI as a special agent.
The firm was founded in association with Richard Gump, who was a college friend and also served with the FBI. The firm’s initial client was the Dallas Transit Company, a private firm being sold to the government. This representation earned the firm a handsome sum of $450,000. This set the firm on the growth path since its early days.
In 1971, Akin Gump established an office in Washington, which had a staff of just two attorneys. By the late 1990’s, the firm was employing over 300 lawyers. In 1978, a branch office was established in Austin in 1978 to serve clients belonging to the oil industry. The 80’s saw further expansion of the firm along with an economy that was booming. This added millions of new jobs, which indirectly benefited the firm in its expansion strategy. In 1984, it opened an office in San Antonio, which was followed in 1988 by an office in Houston. In 1989, the firm expanded further, by opening an office in Brussels.
In 1991, one of the firm’s founding partners Robert Strauss was appointed ambassador to the Soviet Union. Hence, for a brief period, Robert Strauss had to leave the firm. However, the firm continued to benefit from his government services and opened a branch office in 1994 in Moscow. Strauss rejoined the firm in 1992.
In the nineties, the firm’s clients included several leading figures, entities and governments, such as the People’s Republic of China, the Korean Foreign Trade Association, the Chilean Exporter’s association, a few Japanese companies, and even the Government of Columbia. By the end of the decade, the firm was employing more than a hundred lawyers. In 1996, the firm founded an office in Philadelphia. In the following year, Akin Gump opened an office in Los Angeles and London.
Akin Gump is also well known as a lobbying law firm, and brought in considerable revenue during 1996 and 1997 from clients such as Mobil as well as Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Akin Gump and other law firms increased their clout in the national capital by donating to political parties. In the late 1990’s, the firm served many high profile companies as well as institutions. These included the University of Texas, Samsung, 3M, AT&T, and Lukoil, which was Russia’s largest oil company at that time.
By 1999, Akin Gump had grown to be the nineteenth largest international law firm. However, competition was fierce, as many law firms expanded overseas. Firms expanded by consolidating and merging, while international accounting firms began a trend of employing thousands of lawyers. This posed yet another significant source of competition for Akin Gump as it moved in to the 21st century.
Areas of practice
Aerospace and Defense
American Indian Law and Policy
Antitrust and Unfair Competition
Communications and Information Technology
Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation (ERISA)
Entertainment and Media
Natural Resources and Land
Global Project Finance
International Corporate Transactions
Labor and Employment
Mergers and Acquisitions
Policy and Regulation
Privacy and Data Protection
Public Law and Policy
Real Estate and Finance
Securities Enforcement and Litigation
Supreme Court & Appellate
White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
Akin Gump advised clients such as the AF Telecom in the $8.5 billion restructuring of the Russian phone operator MegaFon, Exxon Mobile in its multibillion dollar joint venture with Russian petroleum firm Rosneft and LUKOIL, which is Russia's second largest oil company.
An opinion in Brinker v. Superior Court, was issued by the California Supreme Court, which upheld the position of firm client Brinker International. This is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. This was a crucial decision for hundreds of thousands of employers and employees.
Akin Gump stood for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Washington Mutual, Inc. in WMI's chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. This had resulted from the largest bank failure in U.S. history. WMI emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2012 after over three years of contentious bankruptcy proceedings.
Awards and recognitions
Akin Gump is renowned as a major lobbying law firm in the United States and internationally. It is a firm that is known to maintain Capitol Hill connections that pays rich dividends. Working in the closely connected fields of law, politics, and lobbying has won it several accolades and recognitions that are worthy of mention as below:
Akin Gump Pro Bono Client Wins Landmark Victory. Also awarded $21M in Torture Lawsuit
Akin Gump Wins Asylum for Jamaican-born Woman Fearing Discrimination in Home Country
Eighty-five Akin Gump Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers List for 2013
Akin Gump Again Tops National Law Journal's "Influence 50"
Akin Gump Among Top Three in Vault Summer Associate Rankings
Akin Gump has instituted a formal hiring criteria that welcomes exceptional students who have exceptional academic credentials, law review or journal membership. Besides, students are expected to possess excellent interpersonal skills. They are also expected to take part in extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership abilities.
Akin Gump is characterized by core values such as commitment, excellence, integrity, intensity as well as collegiality. These are the values that Akin Gump seeks in attorneys and seeks to build the philosophy of the firm as a whole.
Akin Gump was founded on the principles of diversity. The tradition of diversity continuously challenges the firm to remain committed to an inclusive environment. The firm is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment at the workplace at all levels. The firm works to ensure that women and minorities are fairly recruited, retained, and promoted at the company.
The firm has also hired an African-American as a partner and also has instituted a hiring committee and associates committee across the firm. Other committees include the management committee, partnership admissions committee, diversity committee and pro bono committee to reflect the firm's diversity. Additionally, there are numerous women and minority lawyer members on the firm's payroll.
The firm maintains a two tiered diversity committee system, which includes a firm wide committee as well as local office committees. The firm also provides opportunities for people who proactively communicate questions, concerns, and ides to firm management. They try to recommend various means through which diversity at the firm can be enhanced.
Summer associate program
Summer Associates at Akin Gump are provided a realistic opportunity to learn about life at a law firm while simultaneously recognizing the individual needs of the summer associates themselves. The summer Associate program at Akin Gump is designed for students who have completed their second year of law school.
This program provides summer associates an opportunity to work on challenging and interesting assignments from a variety of practice areas. Summer associates at Akin Gump receive excellent training, mentoring, and feedback on their progress at the firm. Additionally, they get a strong sense of what it is to practice law at the firm.
One of the top priorities of the firm is to provide summer associates with realistic work experience that they would receive as a real attorney or advocate after graduation. Summer associates work for a variety of projects that make their goals consistent after they complete their summer work. The firm has in place an open door policy that makes the process of working on assignments less daunting and more interesting.
Salary & benefits
Akin Gump has instituted a firm wide compensation as well as a bonus structure that is an integral part of its strategy to recruit, develop, support and reward their associates. This structure includes the counsel position, which associates receive at the sixth year of their practice. The 2012 compensation for entry-level lawyers was $160,000 a year, which is a firm standard across all offices in the United States.
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
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Business Casual Dress Code
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Medical Spending Account
Short-term Disability Insurance
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Benefits Package: Additionally, the firm provides a tax gross up on same sex domestic partner benefits along with offering a referral bonus to associates who refer other qualified associates to the firm. The firm also pays for bar dues/license fees and also bar review course fees. Additionally, the firm also provides child care facilities as well as transitional child care.
Working for the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Founded in 1945 by Richard A. Gump and Robert S. Strauss, Akin Gump today now has 17 offices worldwide and more than 850 attorneys. The firm is defined by five core values such as collegiality, commitment, excellence, intensity and integrity. The firm offers varied legal work right across the spectrum. It offers exciting and challenging offers that help the lawyers to practice law in a sophisticated legal environment.
The goal of the firm is to develop well-trained and successful lawyers who can develop a high degree of career satisfaction and value addition to the firm. The firm has developed a competency based approach that develops the professional skills of the lawyers to a high degree.
Additionally, lawyers are provided with a high level of professional development opportunities and ample experience and opportunities besides training programs as well as training. Additionally, the firm has established an annual partner recognition award that recognizes the excellence and all round professional development of associates as well as counsel.
The firm also has initiated an interactive formal evaluation process at the end of the year. This formal process also includes a self evaluation, third party evaluation, and annual performance conference. The firm is interested in hearing from individuals who are serious about making a meaningful and professional legal career.
Akin Gump has initiated a systematic and organized pro bono program that encourages every one of the firm's summer associates to work on pro bono cases. In 2012, every summer associate worked on pro bono matters. Various pro bono activities are undertaken by the firm that includes assisting battered immigrant women to adoption referrals to complicated asylum cases.
Other notable pro bono cases include social security disability payment cases, asylum cases, termination of parental rights hearing. Summer associates also participate in assisting in construction of a construction of 'habitat for humanity homes' and help giving back to the community in every way possible.
The firm is also a charter signatory to the Pro Bono Institute's law firm pro bono challenge. It commits the firm to devote at least 60 pro bono hours per lawyer per year. In 2011, The firm's lawyers devoted on an average at least 83 hours to pro bono clients. The firm also recognizes that pro bono service is a matter of personal choice and that the firm's lawyers consistently demonstrate that they share institutional commitment.
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