2020 Vault Rankings
- Pro Bono#14
At a Glance
“Its commitment to pro bono.”
“Attorneys are genuinely supported. You have every opportunity to succeed.”
“Quality of people and work.”
“Expectations about the amount of work/hours.”
“Lack of transparency.”
“We have very demanding clients.”
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 hundreds of lawyers across 21 offices around the globe. The firm has long been a force in national politics via its lobbying and policy work.
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. In just seven decades, the firm has grown from two lawyers to a global powerhouse with more than 900 lawyers.
Akin Gump is a full-service firm that focuses on a wide range of practices and industries. The firm’s core areas include antitrust, class action and commercial litigation, corporate, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, energy, financial restructuring, global project finance, intellectual property, international trade, investment management, labor and employment, public law and policy, regulatory, tax, and white collar defense and government investigations.
Akin Gump features the country’s largest lobbying practice by revenue, and many politically connected people are currently with the firm, including a number of former ambassadors, congressional staff, 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; Labor and Employment; and Media, Entertainment, & Sports.
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 2018, Akin Gump attorneys, advisors and paralegals across the firm donated more than 103,000 hours in pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations—a 17 percent increase from the previous year.
News & Awards
Following a decade of litigation, Akin Gump achieved a landmark victory in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Allina Health Services in a case involving Medicare reimbursements. The Court reversed a move by the Department of Health and Human Services to cut billions of dollars in payments supporting hospital care for low-income patients.
January and May 2019
Akin Gump’s Dallas and DC offices, respectively, moved into cutting-edge new buildings that are designed with collaboration in mind and have received or have pending LEED certification as healthier and energy- and resource-efficient.
For the fifth consecutive year, Akin Gump was named to The American Lawyer’s A-List, the publication’s ranking of the 20 most elite law firms in the United States.
Akin Gump advised AT&T Inc. in its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., bringing together global media and entertainment leaders Warner Bros., HBO, and Turner with AT&T’s leadership in technology and its video, mobile, and broadband customer relationships. The deal is the fifth-largest deal in recent years, with a value of approximately $108 billion, including debt.
- Akin Gump advised Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority in the development/financing of the Sweihan solar photovoltaic plant, on track to be the world’s largest.
- Akin Gump advised 7-Eleven, Inc. in its acquisition of 1,000+ Sunoco convenience stores, the largest acquisition in 7-Eleven history.
- The 5th Circuit overturned a $663 million judgment against Trinity Industries, Inc., represented by Akin Gump, in a False Claims Act suit regarding allegedly defective highway guardrail end terminals.
- Akin Gump represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Sears Holdings Corporation, et al. in connection with its Chapter 11 cases, and with approximately $5 billion in prepetition secured debt.
- The American Lawyer’s A-List, 2018
- The National Journal Pro Bono Hot List, 2019
- The American Lawyer top 10 national ranking in Associate Satisfaction Survey, 2018
- Yale Law Women ranking among Top Family-Friendly Firms, 2019
- 12th consecutive perfect score, Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, 2019
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, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 887-4000
Chairman: Kim Koopersmith
Recruiting Chairs: David H. Botter (New York and Firmwide), Lacy M. Lawrence (Dallas), Alison L. Chen (Houston), Susan K. Leader (Los Angeles), Katherine M. Katchen (Philadelphia), Charles W. Johnson IV (Washington, DC)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
1K - 1.5K
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
Summer Associate Offers:
46 out of 46 (2Ls) (2019)
No. of Summer Associates:
72 total (46 2Ls; 26 1Ls) (2019)
David H. Botter
Firmwide Hiring Partner
See firm website for more information.
Fort Worth, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Antonio, TX
San Francisco, CA
Communications & Information Technology
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
Entertainment & Media
Environment, Natural Resources & Land
Labor & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions
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.