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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Akin Gump ranks as the law firm to consult when it comes to bankruptcy and complex litigation issues. It ranks #7 in bankruptcy, #10 in appellate litigation and #34 in the vault law 100, according to vault ranking 2011.[1]



Founded in 1945, Akin Gump is one of the world’s largest law firms representing clients throughout the world with 14 offices located in 3 continents.[2]

The firm caters to a diverse client base that includes many Fortune 500 companies in industries such as: communications and technology, mining, minerals and energy, and consumer goods and services on matters involving policy, trade, dispute resolution, transactions and project development activities in both mature and emerging markets. With such high profile clients, the firm also maintains a formal pro bono policy which 80% of associates and 54% of partners participated last year.[3]

1st year associates at Akin Gump receive a competitive benefits package, which includes a salary of $160,000 per year, Bar Association Fees, Domestic Partner Benefits Employee Assistance Program, Family/Dependent Care Leave, Flexible Spending, Account/pre-tax Option, Life/AD&D, Long-term Care Insurance, Long-term Disability Insurance, Medical Insurance, Medical Spending Account, On-site Child Care , emergency, Parental Leave, Relocation Expenses, Short-term Disability Insurance, Sick Leave, Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.), Vacation Leave, Vision Insurance, and much more.[4]

Akin Gump Practice Areas

Akin Bump offers a number of specialized practice areas:[5]

  • Accountants’ Liability
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • American Indian Law and Policy
  • Antitrust
  • Aviation
  • Climate Change
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Corporate Governance
  • Energy
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Land
  • Equipment Leasing
  • Financial Restructuring
  • Global Markets
  • Global Security
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Industry
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • International Corporate Transactions
  • International Trade
  • Investment Funds
  • Labor and Employment
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Private Equity
  • Product Liability[6]
  • Project Finance and Development
  • Public Law and Policy
  • Real Estate and Finance
  • Renewable Energy
  • Securities Enforcement and Litigation
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Tax[7]

Akin Gump Offices

Akin Gump has 9 offices throughout the United States and 5 international offices:[8]

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Austin
  • Beijing
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Geneva
  • Houston
  • London
  • Moscow
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • San Antonio
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, D.C.

Akin Gump Size

Akin Gump has over 800 lawyers employed globally throughout the firms 14 offices. The firm’s Washington, DC Office, which has a staff of around 230 lawyers, is the largest when it comes to lawyers staffed in one office.[9]

Akin Gump Recruiting

When it comes to recruiting and campus interviews, the firm selects from a wide range of schools to recruit: American University, Washington College of Law, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Columbia University Law School, George Washington University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard Law School, Howard University School of Law, New York University School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and University of Virginia School of Law to name a few.[10]

Akin Gump Salary and Bonuses

Akin Gump provides a competitive salary for its employees.

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year
$35,000 Yes
2nd Year
$1,000 $35,000 Yes
3rd Year
$2,500 $50,000 Yes
4th Year
$2,500 $50,000 Yes
5th Year $230,000 $2,500 $50,000 Yes
6th Year $250,000 $2,500 $50,000 Yes
  • Salary based on May 2007 figures.[11]



  1. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/rankings?companyId=376
  2. http://www.akingump.com/about/overview/
  3. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F512801&orgtypeid=F
  4. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F512801&orgtypeid=F
  5. http://www.akingump.com/services/
  6. http://downtownlalaw.com
  7. http://defensetax.com
  8. http://www.akingump.com/offices/
  9. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F512801&orgtypeid=F
  10. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F512801&orgtypeid=F
  11. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=DC0020


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