Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., U.S.
No. of offices18 worldwide[1]
No. of attorneys1,000+[2]
No. of employees1,800+
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peopleKim Koopersmith, chairperson[2]
Revenue$1.22 billion (2021)[3]
Profit per equity partner$3.093 million (2021)[4]
Date founded1945
FounderRobert Strauss and Richard Gump
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is an American multinational law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.. It is the second-largest lobbying firm in the United States by revenue.[5]


Robert Schwarz Strauss, the firm's founder
The firm's former office in Washington, D.C.

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 five offices in the state.[6]

In early September 1950, Strauss and Gump added Irving Goldberg and William P. Fonville to the firm, which was then renamed Goldberg, Fonville, Gump & Strauss.[7]

In 1963, Jack Hauer left a competitor to join the firm, which became known as Goldberg, Fonville, Gump, Strauss & Hauer.[7]

Goldberg left the firm in 1966 to accept a federal judgeship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was replaced by Henry Akin. Fonville's departure—and the ascent to named partner status of Alan Feld, who had joined the firm in 1960—gave the firm the name it currently bears.[7]

In 2012, the firm's partnership elected Kim Koopersmith to serve as the firm's chairperson. She succeeded R. Bruce McLean, who had helmed the firm for 20 years and became the first woman to chair the firm and one of the few women up to that time to head an Am Law 50 law firm.[8]

In 2013, Akin 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]

In 2017, Akin hired its first chief diversity and inclusion officer, Michele Meyer-Shipp, who joined the firm from Prudential Financial. She was succeeded by Nimesh Patel, who joined the firm in February 2019.[10]

According to OpenSecrets, Akin was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats.[11] By comparison, during that same period Kirkland & Ellis donated $2.49 million, 59% to Republicans,[11] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[12] Since 1990, Akin has contributed $19.84 million to federal candidates, and since 2003 has spent $8 million on lobbying.[13]

The firm's clients includes the governments of Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, the Maldives, and Nicaragua.[14][15]

The firm has offices in Dallas, Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Houston, Irvine, Fort Worth, New York, Moscow, Philadelphia, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva and Hartford.[16] In December 2023, Akin announced the decision to begin winding down operations in Beijing in 2024.[17]

In November 2023, amid a wave of antisemitic incidents at elite U.S. law schools, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld was among a group of major law firms who sent a letter to top law school deans warning them that an escalation in incidents targeting Jewish students would have corporate hiring consequences. The letter said "We look to you to ensure your students who hope to join our firms after graduation are prepared to be an active part of workplace communities that have zero tolerance policies for any form of discrimination or harassment, much less the kind that has been taking place on some law school campuses."[18]

Involvement in Russia investigation[edit]

Paul Manafort, a central figure in the 2017 Special Counsel investigation, was being represented by Melissa Laurenza, a partner of the firm.[19] Melissa Laurenza's role in the Russian investigation centers from her representation of Manafort. The United States Office of Special Counsel compelled Melissa Laurenza to testify in the case. In October 2017, "New York University law professor Stephen Gillers said the judge was persuaded that there was significant evidence Manafort and Gates had duped their lawyer into sending inaccurate letters to Justice about their lobbying efforts and about what emails might exist about the work."

Involvement in U.S. presidential impeachment inquiry[edit]

In 2019, lawyers from the firm represented Catherine Croft, a U.S. State Department specialist on Ukraine[20] in her testimony before the Select Committee on Intelligence in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 2020, for the sixth time in seven years,[21] the firm was named to the A-List by The American Lawyer in its annual ranking of the country's 20 leading law firms.[22] In 2017, the firm marked its 15th appearance on Corporate Board Member's list of the nation's top 20 corporate law firms.[23] In 2019, for the 11th year out of the last 12, Akin was named to The National Law Journal's "Appellate Hot List"[24] of firms that "[won] big in federal and state appeals courts across the country."

Yale Law Women, the largest student organization at Yale Law School, named Akin to its 2019 list of Top 10 Firms for Family Friendliness[25] and, in 2020, as one of only three law firms to its list of Top Firms for Working Mothers and Family Planning.[26] In October 2017, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association presented Akin with the Thomas L. Sager Award in recognition of the firm's "sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys". (The firm won the award four times previously.)[27] In 2019, for the 12th year in a row, Akin 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.[28]

Chambers & Partners ranks the firm as top tier in 11 areas of practice around the globe including in bankruptcy/restructuring/insolvency, capital markets: debt, government relations, healthcare and Native American law.[2]

Notable people[edit]

Current employees and consultants[edit]


See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "The 2022 Am Law 100: Ranked by Gross Revenue". The American Lawyer.
  4. ^ "The 2022 Am Law 100: Ranked by Profits Per Equity Partner". The American Lawyer.
  5. ^ "Top Lobbying Firms". Retrieved 2023-03-09.
  6. ^ Knaub, Kelly. "Texas Powerhouse: Akin Gump" (PDF). Law360. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c McGarr, Kathryn (2011). The Whole Damn Deal: Robert Strauss and the Art of Politics. Public Affairs.
  8. ^ Sullivan, Casey (August 11, 2015). "Akin Gump Elects Kim Koopersmith as Chairperson". Akin Gump. 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. ^ "Akin Gump Welcomes Nimesh M. Patel as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer". Akin Gump. February 5, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets. OpenSecrets.
  12. ^ "Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets. OpenSecrets. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Organizations: Akin, Gump et al". OpenSecrets. OpenSecrets. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  14. ^ Vogel, Kenneth P.; Goldstein, Matthew (February 24, 2018). "How Skadden, the Giant Law Firm, Got Entangled in the Mueller Investigation". The New York Times. Retrieved February 25, 2018. Among those reaping windfalls are large international law firms like the Washington-based Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, which represents the governments of Japan, the Maldives, Nicaragua and South Korea, among others.
  15. ^ "Hong Kong government 'spends millions' to advance Beijing's interests in Washington". Radio Free Asia. July 6, 2023. Archived from the original on 2023-07-06. Retrieved 2023-07-08.
  16. ^ "Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP | Company Profile". Firsthand.
  17. ^ "Another US Firm to Pull Out of China, Akin Winds Down Beijing Office". Law.com International. Retrieved 2024-03-07.
  18. ^ Sorkin, Andrew Ross; Mattu, Ravi; Warner, Bernhard; Kessler, Sarah; Merced, Michael J. de la; Hirsch, Lauren; Livni, Ephrat (2 November 2023). "Law Firms Warn Universities About Antisemitism on Campus". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
  19. ^ "Mueller team won battle to force testimony from lawyer for Manafort and Gates". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  20. ^ NPR Staff (November 11, 2019). "Ukraine Specialist Catherine Croft's Impeachment Inquiry Testimony". NPR. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  21. ^ "Akin Gump Again on Am Law A-List of Top Firms in the US". August 6, 2020.
  22. ^ Packel, Dan (August 5, 2020). "The 2020 A-List". The American Lawyer.
  23. ^ "Akin Gump Again Named One of America's Best Corporate Law Firms". Akin Gump.
  24. ^ "The Appellate Hot List 2019". The National Law Journal. October 25, 2019.
  25. ^ "Top Ten Firms for Gender Equity & Family Friendliness 2019". Yale Law Women. April 16, 2019.
  26. ^ "Top Ten Firms for Gender Equity & Family Friendliness 2020" (PDF). Yale Law Women.
  27. ^ "Akin Gump Honored with Sager Award for Diversity". Akin Gump. October 5, 2017.
  28. ^ "Human Rights Campaign Awards Akin Gump 12th Consecutive Perfect Score on Corporate Equality Index". Akin Gump. March 28, 2019.
  29. ^ "Akin, an Elite Global Law Firm". Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Former Senior FCC Official Matthew Berry Joins Akin Gump.
  30. ^ "Akin, an Elite Global Law Firm". Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Akin Gump Acquires Prestigious Environmental Boutique.
  31. ^ Wilson, Megan (January 11, 2016). "Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm". The Hill. Retrieved 26 February 2016.

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