Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP was founded in Dallas in 1945 by Richard A. Gump and Robert S. Strauss. They chose Dallas because it was rapidly evolving into a major business center with a nationally central location and the entrepreneurial environment necessary to build a cutting-edge, forward-looking law firm. Akin Gump Dallas thrives today with the same spirit, foresight and dedication in delivering the best service possible to our clients locally and worldwide.
Akin Gump Dallas is home to many of the firm’s key practices, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, investment funds, private equity, tax, litigation, intellectual property, financial restructuring, outsourcing and technology, real estate and finance and environmental.
Akin Gump Dallas has consistently been listed as a leader in the Dallas legal market by Corporate Board Member magazine. We continue to rise to the challenges that face our clients, meeting their every corporate need from delicate merger and acquisition negotiations and corporate restructuring representations to private equity and corporate finance transactions to strategic corporate governance counseling. We have significant experience in debt financing transactions in a variety of industries, and we have developed special experience in structuring a diverse range of registered offerings, 144A debt placements (convertible and high-yield bonds) and traditional private placements. Our corporate lawyers also regularly advise clients on federal and state securities laws in connection with raising capital, including all types of public offerings and other private equity and debt offerings.
Akin Gump Dallas has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating all types of outsourcing and technology transactions, including complex, competitively bid multinational transactions. Akin Gump Dallas is widely recognized for its knowledge and experience in information technology and business process outsourcing transactions as well as in contract manufacturing transactions.
Akin Gump Dallas has the largest investment fund formation and organization practice of any law firm in the Southwest. We provide solutions-oriented representation—from initial organization and funding to managing extraordinary growth—for many of the largest and most prominent funds in the world, including both hedge funds and private equity funds. Our investment funds lawyers regularly counsel clients in connection with new and innovative fund products, including hybrid and derivative structures, acquisitions and joint ventures, exit strategies and portfolio investment transactions. Our innovative complete-cycle approach to private equity work helps clients build leading private equity franchises from the ground up. Among the clients we advise are both institutionally affiliated private equity groups and stand-alone private equity houses—with all types of investors and funds, focusing on all stages of investment and all types of industries.
Our Dallas tax practice has a team of recognized leaders who guide clients through even their most daunting tax challenges. Members of the team have chaired or served in other leadership roles for the Section of Taxation of the State Bar of Texas, Comptroller’s Tax Advisory Group under the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Tax section of the Dallas Bar Association. The Dallas tax practice collaborates closely with Akin Gump’s corporate, real estate, energy and investment funds practices in providing tax and business planning for acquisitions, divestitures, business and real estate transactions, debt and equity offerings and specialized capital structure planning, as well as in the formation and operation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs), and also represents clients in federal and state tax controversy matters.
Akin Gump Dallas has an experienced and multifaceted litigation practice defending or bringing claims on behalf of our clients. With former judicial clerks, a former Dallas assistant district attorney and former in-house counsel among our litigation lawyers, Akin Gump Dallas regularly handles litigation in areas such as energy, accounting, aerospace and defense, investment funds, financial, technology, retail and transportation. In addition, Dallas litigation lawyers have developed extensive experience in handling internal corporate investigations and the securities litigation that often follows. Our real estate litigation practice handles commercial real estate litigation involving real estate partnerships, institutional lenders, REITs, financial services companies, conduit lenders and master and special servicers. We have handled over 250 lawsuits over the last 10 years related to commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), representing servicers of securitized mortgage loans.
Our Dallas IP litigation lawyers are experienced in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and Internet-related disputes in federal, state and appellate courts throughout the United States, before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and before arbitration forums that decide domain name disputes. Our lawyers have the technical know-how to decipher the complex technologies at issue, the legal skills to navigate the federal courthouse and an understanding of the nuances of Eastern District practice, all of which combine to make Akin Gump Dallas a leading firm in the high-stakes world of patent litigation.
Akin Gump Dallas financial restructuring lawyers have actively participated and appeared in many of the major bankruptcy cases in the United States. Our global representation of the various constituencies in restructurings and business rehabilitations includes official committees and informal groups of creditors, debtors (financially distressed companies), secured creditors, administrators, liquidators, receivers, trustees and examiners, and purchasers and sellers of debt or assets of financially distressed companies.
Real Estate and Finance
Our Dallas real estate and finance lawyers represent major public and private companies, equity and hedge funds, commercial and industrial developers, REITs, REMICs, commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, pension funds and other institutional lenders and investors, mortgage servicers, domestic and offshore investors, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and governments in a wide range of both traditional and innovative real-estate related matters.
Akin Gump Dallas has an experienced real estate financial services team serving the CMBS industry and lending community in documenting CMBS assumptions and modifications, processing defeasances, working out troubled CMBS loans, handling CMBS borrower bankruptcies and loan foreclosures, representing CMBS servicers (master, special and primary) and representing purchasers or sellers in the acquisition and/or disposition of master and/or primary servicing rights.
Environment and Natural Resources
Our Dallas environmental practice specializes in providing environmental counseling relating to state and federal issues, environmental due diligence associated with corporate and real estate transactions and environmental litigation involving judicial challenges to, and defense of, government actions, defense against agency enforcement and liability actions and toxic tort claims.
Community Outreach and Pro Bono
In addition to our commitment to deliver extraordinary client service, Akin Gump Dallas’ commitment to community outreach continues as a cornerstone of the firm. Lawyers serve in leadership positions on the boards of charitable and civic organizations and provide pro bono legal services through organizations such as Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Landlord-Tenant Clinic, Human Rights Initiative, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Texas C-Bar. Akin Gump Dallas has been recognized for numerous awards, including the Texas Appleseed Award, the W. Frank Newton Award presented by the State Bar of Texas and the Silver Award presented by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program for its pro bono legal services.