2021 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#9
- Firm Culture#28
- Health Care#18
At a Glance
“Firm leadership is incredible.”
“Great quality of work.”
“The demands of the job are at times overwhelming.”
“Hours can fluctuate and be very high for short periods of time when deadlines approach.”
“Work schedule and client demands can be unpredictable.”
About Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Founded in Texas in 1945, Akin Gump has grown to become one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers across 20 offices around the globe, operating at the intersection of public policy, business, and the law.
From Two to 900+
The Akin Gump story began in 1945, when former FBI agents Richard Gump and Robert Strauss started up a small legal practice in post-war Dallas. Strauss went on to become chair of the Democratic National Committee, chaired Jimmy Carter’s successful presidential campaign in 1976, and worked for both the Carter and George H.W. Bush administrations. Over the past 75 years, the firm has grown from two lawyers to a global powerhouse with more than 900 lawyers.
Akin Gump is a full-service commercial firm that focuses on a wide range of practices and industries. The firm’s core areas include antitrust; commercial litigation; communications and information technology; corporate; cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection; energy; entertainment and media; environment, natural resources, and land; financial restructuring; global project finance; government contracts; health care; international trade; investment funds; labor and employment; private equity; pro bono; public law and policy; securities enforcement and litigation; Supreme Court and appellate; tax; and white collar defense and corporate investigations.
Akin Gump is regarded as one of the country’s largest lobbying practices by revenue, and many politically connected people are currently with the firm, including a number of former ambassadors, members of Congress, government officials, and government advisors.
The firm also boasts several practices with top 20 rankings by Vault, including Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Clean Tech/Renewable Energy; Energy, Oil, and Gas; Health Care; and Labor and Employment.
Akin Gump takes wellness seriously. With its Be Well program, the firm provides resources and activities to promote healthy living through four pillars—physical health, mental health, financial health, and community. The Be Well program includes health screenings, financial planning, team and individual challenges and coaching programs, community service and charitable giving opportunities, educational courses and seminars on facets of well-being, and more.
In terms of mental health, the firm has an on-site behavioral assistance counselor in a number of its offices. And the firm was one of the charter adopters of the American Bar Association’s Pledge Campaign, which focuses on substance use disorders and mental health distress among lawyers.
The firm also looks to do good externally and has been committed to pro bono work from its early days. In 2019, Akin Gump attorneys, advisors, and paralegals across the firm donated nearly 100,000 hours in pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations—a 17 percent increase from the previous year.
The health and safety of our lawyers and members of our business services teams, as well as law students, remain a top priority for our firm. As the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are ever-changing, we continue to discuss our plans for the year ahead. We are also awaiting information from the law schools as to their plans and what opportunities there will be to engage with students. We are prepared to plan and participate in virtual recruitment programs in order to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
News & Awards
Akin Gump was a founding member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, which seeks to leverage the resources of the signatory firms in partnership with outside legal services organizations to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law to seek change that benefits communities of color, and to promote racial equity in the law.
Akin Gump formed a multidisciplinary advisory group and simultaneously launched an online resource center to help clients navigate the legal uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Relatedly, the firm teamed up with the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project to offer free preparation of life planning documents to frontline healthcare workers in the fight against the coronavirus.
Akin Gump announced that the firm had again been named to The American Lawyer’s A-List, the publication’s ranking of the 20 top law firms in the United States. This marks the firm’s sixth appearance on this elite list in the past seven years. The A-List rankings are based upon law firms’ scores tallied along five categories—racial diversity, pro bono work, associate satisfaction, gender diversity among the equity partnership, and financial success.
Akin Gump achieved several best-ever rankings in The American Lawyer’s 2020 U.S. Midlevel Associates Survey. The survey measures associate satisfaction across a number of areas, including the level of interest and satisfaction with work, training and development, firm communication and transparency, and investment in technology. Akin Gump placed sixth in the United States overall and first in the competitive New York market. The firm also leapt to fourth place in DC and was a top-10 firm in Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles. The firm was also ranked top 10 nationally for firms investing in technology.
- Akin Gump has acted as independent international legal counsel to Agrokor d.d., a leading food and retail conglomerate in Croatia, in connection with the company’s €6 Billion restructuring.
- After a nearly 18-month pro bono effort, Akin Gump secured placement in the U.S. Capitol of a statue of Native civil rights icon Ponca Chief Standing Bear
- In one of the highest-profile criminal cases of the last year, an Akin Gump team secured the acquittal of Bijan Rafiekian—former business partner of ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
- Akin Gump advised Royalty Pharma plc on its $2.5 billion initial public offering and listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market—the largest offering on a U.S. exchange in 2020 at the time the company went public.
- A-List, 2020—The American Lawyer
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Law Firm Diversity Award, 2019
- Frankel Award for Pro Bono Service, 2019—Human Rights First; Pro Bono Hot List, 2019—The National Law Journal
- Top 10 national ranking in Associate Satisfaction Survey, 2020—The American Lawyer
- Among Top Firms for Working Mothers, 2020—Yale Law Women
Why Work Here
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm providing innovative legal services and business solutions to individuals and institutions. We are one of the world’s largest law firms, with more than 900 lawyers and professionals in 21 offices. Our firm’s clients range from individuals to corporations and foreign governments.
We were founded in Texas in 1945 by Robert Strauss and Richard Gump, with the guiding vision that commitment, excellence and integrity would drive the success of the firm. We incorporated those qualities into the firm’s core values as we grew into an international full-service firm positioned at the intersection of commerce, policy and the law. This dedication to the advancement of these values guides relationships within the firm and, most importantly, with its clients.
Robert S. Strauss Tower
2001 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 887-4000
Chairperson: Kim Koopersmith
Recruiting Chairs: David H. Botter (New York and Firmwide), Lacy M. Lawrence (Dallas), Robert W. Shearer (Houston), Susan K. Leader (Los Angeles), Katherine M. Katchen (Philadelphia), Charles W. Johnson IV (Washington, DC)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $3,650/week
David H. Botter
Firmwide Hiring Partner
Recruiting contacts for all locations at https://www.akingump.com/en/careers/students/recruiting-contacts.html.
No. of U.S. Offices: 11
No. of International Offices: 9
Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Antonio, TX
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Abu Dhabi
Communications & Information Technology
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
Entertainment & Media
Environment, Natural Resources & Land
Global Project Finance
Labor & Employment
Public Law & Policy
Securities Enforcement & Litigation
Supreme Court & Appellate
White Collar Defense & Corporate Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.