NALP Directory of Legal Employers

Directory Year: 2021

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Washington, District Of Columbia

Compensation & Benefits

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2021 compensation for entry-level lawyers ($/year) 202,500

Summer Compensation

2021 compensation for Post-3Ls ($/week) 3,895
2021 compensation for 2Ls ($/week) 3,895
2021 compensation for 1Ls ($/week) 3,895
Judicial Clerkship Bonus? Yes
Compensation/progression credit for judicial clerkship? Yes
Compensation/progression credit for other advanced degrees? No
Other Compensation

The firm pays judicial clerkship bonuses and merit bonuses.

Benefits 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
529 College Savings Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
CLE
Dental Insurance
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Health Club Membership
Life/AD&D Insurance
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Medical Insurance
Health Savings Account
On-site Child Care
On-site Child Care - Emergency
Parental Leave
Parking/Transportation
Relocation Expenses
Short-term Disability Insurance
Sick Leave
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Vacation Leave
Vision Insurance
Please describe benefit package or provide additional comments

All Akin Gump benefits extend to spouse, same and opposite-sex domestic partners and children, while many other programs are available to additional household members as well. The firm offers a holistic well-being program inclusive of an innovative approach to providing confidential, private on-site mental health services. The firm sponsors regular community service events, a charitable giving match program and a volunteer platform to continue its dedication to the community. Extensive programs support our families from back-up child and elder care services, to special needs programs and infertility, adoption, and surrogacy resources and reimbursement policies.

Akin Gump offers a referral bonus to associates for bringing another qualified associate to the firm. The firm pays DC bar dues/license fees. The Washington office also has an on-site back-up child-care center that provides child care during business hours to children of employees, as well as transitional child-care.

Associate base salary (excluding bonuses) is determined by A set lock-step system (same base salary for each class year)
If not strictly a set lock-step system, what criteria are used to determine associate base salaries (excluding bonuses)? (check all that apply)

Annual bonuses to eligible associates

Has your organization offered annual bonuses to eligible associates in the past five years? Yes
Comments

Bonuses are discretionary and merit based, with primary consideration given to factors including work quality, demonstration of progress through the core competencies, productivity, contribution to the practice group, firm citizenship, business development and pro bono efforts.

What factors are used to determine the amount of an associate's bonus? (check all that apply) Hours billed
Quality of work
Pro bono hours
Business development
Overall contribution (e.g., recruitment activities, firm committees)
Are same sex domestic partners afforded the same benefits as spouses of attorneys? Yes
Are opposite sex domestic partners afforded the same benefits as spouses of attorneys? Yes

Parental leave or family care policy

Does your organization have a written parental leave or family care policy? Yes
Please link to or describe your firm's parental leave policy. Be sure to include information on leave for adoption, surrogacy, or other special circumstances.

Akin Gump's policy parental leave provides lawyers with up to twenty (20) weeks of paid leave for the bonding after a birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child. New parents may take up to ten twelve (12) weeks paid parental leave. In addition, birth mothers are provided eight weeks of paid medical disability leave. The firm’s family care leave policy provides lawyers with up to four (4) weeks of paid leave every 24 months for the care of a qualifying family member with a serious medical condition.