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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.

One-Stop Shop

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 boasts 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 has several practices with top 20 rankings by Vault, including Bankruptcy/Restructuring; Energy, Oil, and Gas; Health Care; and International.

Be Well

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.

News & Awards

  • Best Law Firms for Women, 2021—Working Mother
  • A List, 2020—The American Lawyer
  • Named Along the “Best Law Firms,” 2020—The Times
  • Top 10 Overall, 2020—The American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associates Survey
  • Legal Cheek, Best Firms for Quality of Work – Working from Home, 2020

Why Work Here

Our Firm

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.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Robert S. Strauss Tower
2001 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 887-4000

Firm Stats

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); Charles W. Johnson IV (Washington, DC)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2020:

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $240,000
4th year: $275,000
5th year: $305,000
6th year: $330,000
7th year: $350,000
8th year: $365,000
Summer Associate: $3,895/week

Employment Contact

David H. Botter
Firmwide Hiring Partner
(212) 872-1055
Recruiting contacts for all locations at contacts.html

No. of U.S. Offices: 11

No. of International Offices: 9

Major Office Locations

Dallas, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Hartford, CT
Houston, TX
Irvine, CA
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
San Antonio, TX
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I Abu Dhabi
Hong Kong

Major Departments

Commercial Litigation
Communications & Information Technology
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
Entertainment & Media
Environment, Natural Resources & Land
Financial Restructuring
Global Project Finance
Government Contracts
Health Care
International Trade
Investment Funds
Labor & Employment
Private Equity
Pro Bono
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.