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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

  • Designation: Washington
  • Head Count: 851
  • Gross Revenues: $930,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,095,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,915,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is a Washington, D.C.-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has 822 attorneys and is the 40th largest firm in the United States.  With $930,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 29th on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld ranked as the 41st highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, CO, DC, IL, NY, PA, TX and VA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 29 4 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 29 4 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 40 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List 18 4 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 34 -1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 41 9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 13 84 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 8 18 Summer programs

In the News

Akin Gump Closing Austin Office

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 27, 2016

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld will close its five-lawyer Austin office at the end of June, because the two intellectual property partners in that office plan to leave the firm.

Hunton Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 27, 2016

Amid merger talks with a U.K. firm, Hunton & Williams added two practice leaders from Katten Muchin Rosenman; Bo Dietl's GC finds a new home; Jenner & Block launches a private wealth practice; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Quinn Emanuel Continues European Push With Zurich Launch

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : May 25, 2016

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is expanding its European presence with the launch of a new office in Switzerland under partner Thomas Werlen. Zurich-based FIFA, soccer's global governing body, is a major client of the firm.

Five Firms Plant Themselves on Bayer's Mega Monsanto Bid

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 23, 2016

Eight months after Monsanto Co. abandoned its $45 billion saga to acquire Switzerland's Syngenta AG, the agribusiness giant is the recipient of a $62 billion takeover bid by Germany's Bayer AG.

Which Dallas Firm Topped Texas' Diversity Ranking?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Dallas-based Haynes and Boone is the Texas firm with the highest ranking on The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard 2016.

INADMISSIBLE: Sotomayor Pushes Mandatory Pro Bono

: The National Law Journal : May 23, 2016

"I believe in forced labor" when it comes to improving access to justice for the poor, she said during an appearance at the American Law Institute's annual meeting in Washington. Plus more in this week's column.

Sotomayor's Embrace of Mandatory Pro Bono Garners Praise and Pushback

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : May 19, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is winning praise for re-energizing the movement toward mandatory pro bono for lawyers with her recent remarks on the subject, but some advocates in Big Law think the requirement poses significant challenges and won't work for everyone.

Deal Watch: Amid Oil Price Plunge, Two Big Energy Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : May 19, 2016

A half-dozen big firms are advising on two key transactions in the embattled energy space, as a pair of oil field services companies and natural gas producers agree to combine.

Energy Future Creditors Protest Accelerated Bankruptcy Plan

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : May 18, 2016

Energy Future Holdings Corp. is running into strong headwinds from creditors as it tries speed up its schedule in its $42 billion Chapter 11 restructuring by seeking the court's approval of its new plan.

Practice Leaders Pick Up Stakes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 18, 2016

A half-dozen big firms shuffled practice leaders within the past week; Skadden snags a high-profile arbitration expert in Hong Kong; the founding partner of Weil's Rhode Island office departs; and other notable laterals from throughout The Am Law 200.

Kirkland, Weil Divvy Up Latest Batch of Energy Bankruptcies

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 17, 2016

The restructuring practices at the two top Am Law 100 firms are advising on two more Chapter 11 cases filed Monday by Breitburn Energy Partners LP and SandRidge Energy Inc.

V&E, Sidley Work on $4.4B Energy Deal

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 16, 2016

Sidley Austin represents Range Resources of Fort Worth in its pending acquisition of Houston's Memorial Resource Development Corp. for $4.4 billion including $1.1 billion in assumed debt.

In Bankruptcy, Flat Is Fine

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : May 16, 2016

A lack of volatility in bankruptcy lawyers' billing rates, evidenced by a collection of almost 3,000 attorney fee disclosures in bankruptcy records, have calmed practitioners.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : May 16, 2016

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Lateral Hiring By US Firms in London Reaches New High

Frances Ivens : The Am Law Daily : May 15, 2016

Research into recent recruitment trends by international firms in London has found that they brought in over 20 percent more partners in 2015 than the year before, with total partner numbers climbing by 6 percent across the group year-on-year.

Perkins Coie Announces Appointment of Law Firm Practice Management Expert

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : May 13, 2016

Toby Brown's experience includes nearly a decade spent in practice management positions for Am Law 50 Firms.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : May 11, 2016

Debevoise & Plimpton had promoted five attorneys to partner, and Mayer Brown and Kirkland & Ellis have added new partners.

Spencer Abraham at Blank Rome Boosts Firm's Post-Dickstein Shapiro Washington Network

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : May 10, 2016

Blank Rome's investment in Dickstein Shapiro attorneys this year helped Spencer Abraham, a former U.S. senator and Energy secretary, understand the firm's approach to Washington. Abraham and his long-time colleague Joseph McMonigle will be principals at Blank Rome Government Relations.

Latham Lands Latest Energy Bankruptcy as Fees Draw Scrutiny

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : May 10, 2016

Oklahoma City's Chaparral Energy tapped Latham & Watkins to guide it through Chapter 11, while Skadden and Kirkland both faced questions over their fees in other recent energy industry bankruptcies.

Lawyers, Judges Are Sparse on 'Best' Speech List

Jonathan Ringel : Daily Report : May 09, 2016

Colleges and universities looking to inspire their graduates don't think many lawyers and judges will get the job done, according to a list of 354 of the "best commencement speeches, ever" compiled by National Public Radio.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : May 09, 2016

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Dozens of Big Firms to Appear in New 'Panama Papers' Database

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 08, 2016

Plenty of familiar names from The Am Law 200 and Global 100 appeared in an early version of a searchable online database drawn from the leaked files of offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

Two More Energy Companies Tap Kirkland for Bankruptcy Work

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : May 04, 2016

Having already grabbed a handful of key debtor's-side roles for struggling energy companies, Kirkland & Ellis added two more Chapter 11 cases to its docket this week, snagging assignments for Houston's Ultra Petroleum Corp. and Midstates Petroleum Inc.

Hacking a Way to Equality

Kathleen J. Wu : Texas Lawyer : May 02, 2016

Hopefully, the spirit of an upcoming Women in Law hackathon will stay true to the hackathon ethos: experts and fresh thinkers coming together to generate bold, even crazy, ideas for new products, new services and, in the case of this event, new solutions to persistent problems.

Firm Finance: Texas Firms Powering Through Energy Slump

Brenda Sapino jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : May 02, 2016

The total gross revenue at the 25 highest-grossing Texas firms reached $5.3 billion in 2015, up from 2014.

Editor's Note: Money Matters

Heather D. Nevitt, Esq. : Texas Lawyer : May 02, 2016

It is that time of year again when we delve into the wonderful world of Firm Finance. As part of this annual project, we take a look inside the books of the top 25 firms in Texas and see how they fared in 2015.

DLA Piper Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 02, 2016

DLA Piper bags new recruits from Skadden and Willkie Farr; Chadbourne & Parke picks up a partner with World Cup ties; Cleary Gottlieb adds an Allen & Overy practice leader; Stroock nabs a former federal judge; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Texas Big Law Scales Back Donations to Attorney General Ken Paxton

Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : April 29, 2016

Since his own legal troubles began last summer, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has not received the love –specifically, in the form of cash contributions to his officeholder's account--from big Texas law firms that his predecessor netted.

Curtis Expands to Switzerland With New Geneva Office

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : April 28, 2016

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle will become one of the small number of international firms with offices in Switzerland when it opens in Geneva next month.

In Presidential Legal Fee Race, Trump Beats Hillary

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 27, 2016

The five remaining U.S. presidential candidates all have a need for outside counsel on the campaign trail, and not surprisingly it's the two frontrunners that have accrued the most in legal expenses.