Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading global law firm with 20 offices and more than 900 lawyers and advisors in the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Our legal work is varied and interesting and offers exciting and challenging opportunities to practice law in one of the world's largest law firms. Our firm was founded in Dallas in 1945 by Richard A. Gump and Robert S. Strauss and is defined by five core values: collegiality, commitment, excellence, integrity and intensity. These values characterize the qualities we seek in attorneys and the philosophy of Akin Gump as a whole. Akin Gump has also maintained a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusiveness at all levels.
Akin Gump founded its Los Angeles office in Century City with seven lawyers in August 1997 to accommodate the firm's global growth and has grown to over 75 lawyers today. We strive to cultivate a high quality, professional environment with the informal and congenial atmosphere that has characterized the firm since its inception.
The Los Angeles office is strongly committed to attracting top lawyers who practice in the areas of business and labor litigation, appellate litigation, intellectual property litigation, complex civil litigation, corporate law, finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring, renewable energy, project finance, tax, real estate transactions, and entertainment. Our lawyers work on some of the most interesting, challenging and sophisticated cases and transactions in the world. Our lawyers are provided the opportunity to obtain significant responsibility and client contact early in their careers. New associates are assigned to a practice group and work on a variety of projects with experienced lawyers. By working in a group setting, our associates receive supervision and training with constructive feedback and evaluations.
The Los Angeles office’s summer program is designed to give law students a realistic and meaningful picture of law at our law firm. We provide law students with the opportunity to work in each area of our practice and encourage students to attend court hearings, depositions, transaction negotiations and closings, and client meetings as well as training programs and an array of exciting social events. We provide our law students with critical review of their work product and guidance throughout the summer. Our goal is to make offers of employment to summer associates who demonstrate the ability to practice law at the level required by our firm.
Akin Gump is dedicated to the professional growth and development of its associates. The firm has instituted a firmwide compensation and bonus structure that is an integral part of Akin Gump's strategy to recruit, develop, support and reward our associates. This structure includes our counsel position, which recognizes our associates who are on partnership track at their sixth year of practice.
It is part of our established culture at Akin Gump that attorneys are involved in firm life. Associates and counsel participate in firm committees in each of our offices, including associate and counsel committees, diversity committees, hiring committees and pro bono committees. In addition, a group of associates and counsel representing all offices and associate class years serves on the firmwide Chairperson’s Associates Committee. This group meets on a quarterly basis with the firm’s chairperson to discuss relevant issues and participate in setting firm policies. We believe that the active involvement of our associates and counsel in so many areas fosters a deep commitment and connection to the firm and its members.
At Akin Gump we believe that the very best training is imparted when our lawyers handle actual matters. Ideally, all of our associates will learn best by working closely with more-senior lawyers on projects that are crucial to our clients. We also work to ensure that our lawyers are allowed to stretch their abilities in their assignments as early as possible.
Akin Gump’s professional development program is anchored by four core competencies – ownership, professional excellence, service and teamwork, and client focus. The firm offers a comprehensive formal training program carefully calibrated to each associate’s stage of development and area of practice. Our formal training complements the firm’s competency framework and includes a core curriculum of skills and practice-specific training. We offer courses on a wide variety of subject matters, including, among others, legal writing, corporate drafting, finance and accounting, oral communication and leadership, business development and management skills training. In addition, we offer a comprehensive advocacy curriculum complete with workshops on deposition skills, discovery and motions practice. Corporate courses include programs on structuring transactions, filings, debt tender offers and corporate negotiation skills.
All levels of management champion the firm’s commitment and policy of encouraging associates and counsel to participate in pro bono practice as part of their on-going workload. Akin Gump’s pro bono practice is led by Pro Bono Partner Steven Schulman. We recognize that attorneys, especially those less experienced, more junior lawyers, obtain valuable experience on pro bono matters. Under the firm’s competency-based approach to professional development, pro bono plays an important role in further enhancing associate and counsel professional development, and the firm works to ensure that our pro bono program provides opportunities consistent with the competency model.
Akin Gump is proud of its history and growth, but above all we are proud of the professionals and support staff who have made the firm such an incredible place to practice law. To learn more, please visit our website at www.akingump.com.