About Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Our commitment to diversity is steadfast. We strive to create a culture of inclusiveness, where differences are seen as strengths, where varied perspectives are welcomed and where our workforce reflects the diversity in our world. Diversity is consistent with our goal to become a highly successful firm and essential to achieving that success.
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- Akin Gump advised clients such as the AF Telecom in the $8.5 billion restructuring of the Russian phone operator MegaFon, Exxon Mobile in its multibillion dollar joint venture with Russian petroleum firm Rosneft and LUKOIL, which is Russia's second largest oil company.
- An opinion in Brinker v. Superior Court, was issued by the California Supreme Court, which upheld the position of firm client Brinker International. This is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. This was a crucial decision for hundreds of thousands of employers and employees.
- Akin Gump stood for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Washington Mutual, Inc. in WMI's chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. This had resulted from the largest bank failure in U.S. history. WMI emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2012 after over three years of contentious bankruptcy proceedings.
Area of practice
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.
Antitrust and Unfair Competition
Cybersecurity Privacy and Data Protection
Energy Regulation Markets and Enforcement
Environment and Natural Resources
Global Investigations and Compliance
Global Project Finance
Labor and Employment
Policy and Regulation
Public Law and Policy
Awards and recognitions
Akin Gump is renowned as a major lobbying law firm in the United States and internationally. It is a firm that is known to maintain Capitol Hill connections that pays rich dividends. Working in the closely connected fields of law, politics, and lobbying has won it several accolades and recognitions that are worthy of mention as below:
Akin Gump Pro Bono Client Wins Landmark Victory. Also awarded $21M in Torture Lawsuit
Akin Gump Wins Asylum for Jamaican-born Woman Fearing Discrimination in Home Country
Eighty-five Akin Gump Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers List for 2013
Akin Gump Again Tops National Law Journal's "Influence 50"
Akin Gump Among Top Three in Vault Summer Associate Rankings
Akin Gump was founded on the principles of diversity. The tradition of diversity continuously challenges the firm to remain committed to an inclusive environment. The firm is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment at the workplace at all levels. The firm works to ensure that women and minorities are fairly recruited, retained, and promoted at the company.
The firm has also hired an African-American as a partner and also has instituted a hiring committee and associates committee across the firm. Other committees include the management committee, partnership admissions committee, diversity committee and pro bono committee to reflect the firm's diversity. Additionally, there are numerous women and minority lawyer members on the firm's payroll.
The firm maintains a two tiered diversity committee system, which includes a firm wide committee as well as local office committees. The firm also provides opportunities for people who proactively communicate questions, concerns, and ides to firm management. They try to recommend various means through which diversity at the firm can be enhanced.
Summer associate program
Summer Associates at Akin Gump are provided a realistic opportunity to learn about life at a law firm while simultaneously recognizing the individual needs of the summer associates themselves. The summer Associate program at Akin Gump is designed for students who have completed their second year of law school.
This program provides summer associates an opportunity to work on challenging and interesting assignments from a variety of practice areas. Summer associates at Akin Gump receive excellent training, mentoring, and feedback on their progress at the firm. Additionally, they get a strong sense of what it is to practice law at the firm.
One of the top priorities of the firm is to provide summer associates with realistic work experience that they would receive as a real attorney or advocate after graduation. Summer associates work for a variety of projects that make their goals consistent after they complete their summer work. The firm has in place an open door policy that makes the process of working on assignments less daunting and more interesting.
Working for the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Founded in 1945 by Richard A. Gump and Robert S. Strauss, Akin Gump today now has 17 offices worldwide and more than 850 attorneys. The firm is defined by five core values such as collegiality, commitment, excellence, intensity and integrity. The firm offers varied legal work right across the spectrum. It offers exciting and challenging offers that help the lawyers to practice law in a sophisticated legal environment.
The goal of the firm is to develop well-trained and successful lawyers who can develop a high degree of career satisfaction and value addition to the firm. The firm has developed a competency based approach that develops the professional skills of the lawyers to a high degree.
Additionally, lawyers are provided with a high level of professional development opportunities and ample experience and opportunities besides training programs as well as training. Additionally, the firm has established an annual partner recognition award that recognizes the excellence and all round professional development of associates as well as counsel.
The firm also has initiated an interactive formal evaluation process at the end of the year. This formal process also includes a self evaluation, third party evaluation, and annual performance conference. The firm is interested in hearing from individuals who are serious about making a meaningful and professional legal career.