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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Washington, DC
  • 1700 Pacific Avenue
  • Suite 4100
  • Dallas
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201-4624
  • Chairperson: Kim Koopersmith
  • Number of lawyers: 850
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Geneva and Singapore. 

Firm Overview:
Recognized for its sophisticated clients and capabilities as well as its outstanding team of professionals, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is one of the world’s largest law firms, with 18 offices and over 850 lawyers in more than 50 practice disciplines. Akin Gump’s steadfast dedication to providing exemplary client service and its visionary leadership are key factors in this first-generation law firm’s swift rise to the top of the profession.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Securities:

Akin Gump advises on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, international transactions, investment fund management, private equity and corporate restructuring, providing counsel on US and international tax and governance issues.

The firm is a leading advisor to energy companies and provides a full range of legal services, including corporate transactions, project finance and development, and advocacy. Energy clients include public and private companies, financial institutions, private equity firms and sovereign states working across the energy value chain from independent exploration and production activity to renewable energy investment. Key practice strengths include knowledge of global and domestic energy markets, broad and deep transactional experience, as well as attention to strategic considerations.

Financial Restructuring:
Akin Gump has represented committees of bondholders, noteholders, institutional investors and trade creditors in more than 250 major restructurings since 1999. Among its most significant recent engagements are the representations of the official creditors’ committees in the Delta Air Lines, Calpine Corporation, World Com, Inc. and Washington Mutual, Inc. bankruptcies.

Global Project Finance:
Recognized for its project finance and implementation work, the firm has significant experience representing lenders, developers, suppliers, underwriters and sovereign states in project finance and implementation projects to meet some of the world’s most complex infrastructure needs in the areas of construction, including airports and highways, energy, mining, shipping and maritime, as well as water and sanitation.

Intellectual Property:
The firm provides counsel on patent litigation, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition matters to Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations and entertainment conglomerates, as well as small businesses, universities, research foundations, government agencies and individual inventors.

Investment Funds Private Equity:
Akin Gump provides comprehensive representation - frominitial organization and funding, through managing extraordinary growth – for many of the largest and most prominent funds in the world, including both hedge funds and private equity funds. Helping to build leading private equity franchises from the ground up is a hallmark of the practice. The group advises on all aspects and phases of private equity business – from structuring and organizing a private equity firm and all of the funds it sponsors, to assisting in the evaluation of investment opportunities, to structuring and completing investments and structuring and implementing exit strategies.

International Trade:
The firm’s lawyers, economists, and other professionals provide representation in the areas of anti-dumping and countervailing duty litigation, customs laws, export controls and economic sanctions, antiboycott laws, WTO dispute resolution proceedings, and other trade proceedings and trade policy.

Labor & Employment:
The firm provides advice and representation to employers regarding all aspects of employment law and labor relations, handling major class action wage-hour and EEO litigation, as well as traditional matters such as collective bargaining and discrimination suits. The group’s lawyers advise on the labor aspects of major corporate reorganizations and acquisitions, help restructure labor contracts in bankruptcy, design and implement employee health and welfare benefit plans, and for those employers with facilities in Europe, assist with complying with the social legislation of the European Union.

With more than 300 lawyers,Akin Gump’s Litigation Group includes attorneys who have served as clerks at every level of the federal and state court systems; members of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; former prosecutors; and former officials at the SEC, FTC, DOJ and many other federal agencies. Akin Gump’s litigators are accustomed to handling matters of exceptional complexity, such as nationwide class actions, parallel civil and administrative proceedings, and nationwide and multidistrict litigation.

Public Law & Policy:
Akin Gump has one of the world’s most sophisticated and diverse US and international public law and policy practices, representing corporations, individuals, nonprofits, foreign governments, and coalitions and trade associations.


  • Robert S Strauss Building,
  • 1333 New Hampshire Avenue, North West,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036-1564
  • Tel +1 202 887 4000
  • Fax +1 202 887 4288
  • Email : washdcinfo@akingump.com
  • Website : www.akingump.com
  • 2029 Century Park East,
  • Suite 2400,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90067-3010
  • Tel +1 310 229 1000
  • Fax +1 310 229 1001
  • Email : losangelesinfo@akingump.com
  • 633 West Fifth St,
  • Suite 5000,,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071
  • Tel +1 213 254 1200
  • Fax +1 216 254 1201
  • 580 California Street,
  • Suite 1500,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94104-1036
  • Tel +1 415 765 9500
  • Fax +1 415 765 9501
  • Email : sanfranciscoinfo@akingump.com
  • Two Commerce Square,
  • 2001 Market Street,
  • Suite 4100,
  • Philadelphia,
  • Pennsylvania
  • USA
  • PA 19103-7013
  • Tel +1 215 965 1200
  • Fax +1 215 965 1210
  • Email : phillyinfo@akingump.com
  • 300 West 6th Street,
  • Suite 1900,
  • Austin,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 78701-3911
  • Tel +1 512 499 6200
  • Fax + 512 499 6290
  • Email : austininfo@akingump.com
  • 1700 Pacific Avenue,
  • Suite 4100,
  • Dallas,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201-4624
  • Tel +1 214 969 2800
  • Fax +1 214 969 4343
  • Email : dallasinfo@akingump.com
  • 1111 Louisiana Street,
  • 44th Floor,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002-5200
  • Tel +1 713 220 5800
  • Fax +1 713 236 0822
  • Email : houstoninfo@akingump.com
  • Austin Bank Building,
  • 911 West Loop 281,
  • Suite 211-40,,
  • Longview,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75605
  • Tel +1 903 297 7400
  • Fax +1 903 297 7402
  • 300 Convent Street,
  • Suite 1500,
  • San Antonio,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 78205-3732
  • Tel +1 210 281 7000
  • Fax +1 210 224 2035
  • Email : sanantonioinfo@akingump.com

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Texas

THE FIRM This firm's Dallas-based bankruptcy team has experienced a stellar year at a time when traditional bankruptcy filings have been low on the ground. The team mirrors the firm's national focus and exemplary reputation in representing creditors and creditors’ committees, with a strong localized niche in the oil and gas industry. Clients appreciate that the team is able to draw on the firm's abundant resources in other areas of law. Highlights include representing the official noteholders' committee in the Chapter 11 proceedings of mortgage company RE Loans. The group also acted for the official equity holders committee in the now concluded Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Seahawk Drilling. 

Sources say: "A well-integrated practice." "An excellent team, from trial attorneys to 'nuts and bolts' bankruptcy attorneys. I haven't had a case with them that has turned out badly."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Gibbs has fast built a reputation as one of the premier bankruptcy practitioners in the state, and is praised as "a master of his craft." He is equally described as an advocate who "brings a lot of credibility to the table" in court, and as "a great strategist who can provide a good road map for how the case will progress." He led the firm's representation of committees in both the RE Loans and Seahawk Drilling Chapter 11 bankruptcies.

Up-and-coming attorney Sarah Schultz is "effective in the business side of the restructurings and very knowledgeable on the Bankruptcy Code and procedure." She has recently acted for a number of committees in various New York-based bankruptcy proceedings. Clients note that Schultz has "impressed judges with her knowledge and fluency, which is helpful in establishing credibility." 

Real Estate - Texas

THE FIRM This group has particular strength in the field of real estate finance and offers expertise across the whole range of CMBS-related matters. It represents developers, funds, banks and REITs, among others, and recently acted for VWI Partners on the acquisition of the Crowne Plaza East in Florida. Key clients include Element Power, FelCor Lodging Trust and MeriStar Hospitality.

Sources say: "They're wonderfully helpful."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources laud Carl Lee's ability to "take a complex legal issue and break it down into bite-size pieces." He recently represented renewable energy project developer Element Power in the sale of a 14,000 acre Texas wind power project.

Randall Ratner has a wealth of experience in real estate-related matters, and recently acted for Behringer Harvard REIT on the $340 million financing of a seven-property portfolio.

Tax - Texas

THE FIRM This team earns considerable praise for providing a full-service tax offering to a wide range of clients. Offices in the Middle East, Asia and Europe provide the perfect platform for the firm to handle any number of cross-border transactional cases, while controversy, private client, ERISA matters and IRS appeals constitute much of its workload. In addition, various M&A and real estate deals feature prominently.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Daniel Micciche is a highly experienced attorney and has represented a range of clients in federal and state tax controversy matters. He is also active in IRS audits and appeals and M&A deals.

Technology - Texas

THE FIRM Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has a well-established practice, with ten partners offering specialist advice on outsourcing issues. The team is known for its high-volume caseload, which includes strategic disposals, ITO and BPO agreements. A prestigious client base features market leaders from the financial, telecom and manufacturing industries.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Brito has a stellar reputation for his broad outsourcing experience. He is regularly called on for advice on complex, high-value matters requiring deep industry knowledge.