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{{Infobox Law Firm | logo = Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld logo.jpg | headquarters = New York; NY | num_offices = 20 worldwideCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag With more than 900 attorneys, the firm has offices in Dallas, Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Houston, Irvine, Fort Worth, New York, Moscow, Philadelphia, London, Los Angeles, Longview, San Francisco, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Frankfurt and Geneva.[1] Akin Gump is widely considered to be among the most profitable and prestigious firms in the nation[2] and has been consistently ranked as among the top law firms in the United States by The American Lawyer.[3][4] The firm is known for its influence on Capitol Hill and its representation of high-profile clients.[5] With regard to compensation, Akin Gump is ranked by associates as one of the top 10 highest-paying law firms in the country.[6]

History

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.[7]

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. [8]

In 1963, Jack Hauer left a competitor to join the firm, which became known as Goldberg, Fonville, Gump, Strauss & Hauer.[8]

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.[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

In 2016, 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 2016, for the ninth year in a row, Akin Gump was named to The National Law Journal's "Appellate Hot List".[15] 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 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 2016, for the 10th 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]

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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.[18]

Notable people

Alumni

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