Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Akin Gump logo.jpg
Headquarters Washington, DC
No. of offices 21 worldwide[1]
No. of attorneys 900+ [1]
No. of employees 1,800+
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Kim Koopersmith, chairperson[1]
Revenue $930 million (2015)[2]
Profit per equity partner $1.9 million (2015)[2]
Date founded 1945
Founder Robert Strauss and Richard Gump
Company type Limited liability partnership
Website
www.akingump.com

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an American international law firm and the most profitable lobbying firm in the United States.[3] With more than 900 attorneys, the firm has offices in Dallas, Washington, D.C., Austin, San Antonio, Houston, New York, Moscow, Philadelphia, London, Los Angeles, Longview, San Francisco, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt and Geneva.[4] Akin Gump is widely considered to be among the most profitable and prestigious firms in the nation.[5] The firm is known for its influence on Capitol Hill and its representation of high profile clients.[6] With regard to compensation, Akin Gump is within the top ten highest paying law firms in the country.[7]

History[edit]

The firm was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1945 by Robert Strauss and Richard Gump. It maintains a large presence in Texas with a total of six offices in the state.[8]

In 2013, Akin Gump adopted a "single tier" partnership structure, in which all partners have equity, abandoning the more popular "two tier" structure in which many partners have no equity interest.[9]

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Akin Gump was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats.[10] By comparison, during that same period Kirkland & Ellis donated $2.49 million, 59% to Republicans,[10] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[11] Since 1990, Akin Gump has contributed $19.84 million to federal candidates, and since 2003 has spent $8 million on lobbying.[12]

Recognition[edit]

In 2015, the firm was again selected for The American Lawyer's A-List, the annual ranking of the country's 20 leading law firms.[13] In 2015, the firm was ranked as one of the nation's top 20 corporate law firms by Corporate Board Member.[14] In 2015, for the eighth year in a row, Akin Gump was named to The National Law Journal's "Appellate Hot List".[15] of firms "with stellar records in appellate advocacy."

Yale Law Women, the largest student organization at Yale Law School, named Akin Gump to its 2007 list of Top 10 Family Friendly Firms. The Minority Corporate Counsel Association presented Akin Gump with the 2007 Thomas L. Sager Award in recognition of the firm's commitment to diversity. (The firm won the award three times previously.) In 2015, for the ninth year in a row, Akin Gump received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, which rates employers on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.[16][17]

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's office in Washington, D.C.

Chambers & Partners ranks the firm as top tier in the areas of bankruptcy/restructuring, healthcare, government: government relations, Native American law, and media/entertainment: transactional.[1]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP – Washington, DC – Law Firm Profile - Chambers USA 2016 – Chambers and Partners". Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld". Americanlawyer.com. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP|Company Profile|Vault.com". Vault. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP|Company Profile|Vault.com". Vault. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP|Company Profile|Vault.com". Vault. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP|Company Profile|Vault.com". Vault. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP|Company Rankings|Vault.com". Vault. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  8. ^ Knaub, Kelly. "Texas Powerhouse: Akin Gump" (PDF). Law360. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ Sullivan, Casey (August 11, 2015). "In Lean Times, Law Firms Reconsider Two-Tier Partnership". Bloomberg BNA. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. 
  11. ^ "Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Organizations: Akin, Gump et al". Open Secrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Schroeder, Jim (July 27, 2015). "Introducing the 2015 A-List". The American Lawyer. 
  14. ^ "America's Best Corporate Law Firms: The 2015 Corporate Board Member /FTI Consulting Survey". NYSE Governance Services. 
  15. ^ "The 2015 Appellate Hot List: Winning Big Cases, Changing the Law". The National Law Journal. November 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Akin Gump Earns Ninth Consecutive Perfect Score on HRC Corporate Equality Index". Akin Gump. November 18, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Employer Database - Akin Gump". Human Rights Campaign. 
  18. ^ Wilson, Megan (January 11, 2016). "Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm". The Hill. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 

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