A partner in the Houston office, Phyllis Young joined Akin Gump in 2004. She became a partner in 2011 and is a member of the energy and global transactions practice, focusing primarily on domestic and international corporate transactions in the energy industry.
Texas-born and -bred, Phyllis is following in her father’s footsteps as an attorney. She attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Texas, receiving her J.D. in 2001. Attracted to the dynamic, 24/7 nature of the oil and gas industry, Phyllis came to Akin Gump as a lateral seeking more substantive work and experience within the field. At the firm, she has been involved in significant representations in billion-dollar, energy-related finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.
As a member of the Houston office diversity committee, Phyllis is involved in programs such as the Houston Bar Association’s (HBA) Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee, which offers first year law students clerkships at area law firms, corporate legal departments and nonprofits. She also served as chair of the HBA Adopt-a-School Committee, working to improve education for minority students by tutoring them in math and reading. Phyllis was given the HBA’s President’s Award for her committee service and commitment to diversity.
She serves on the Houston hiring committee and, in addition to her on-campus recruitment and outreach efforts, is active in the firm’s involvement in the Sponsorship for Educational Opportunity Program, which provides summer internships to diverse students entering law school. Phyllis was named a Texas “Rising Star,” identified by her peers among the state’s top young lawyers and will serve as the Houston office’s hiring partner beginning in the fall of 2012. In recognition of her pro bono work with Texas Appleseed on immigration court reform and microfinancing projects designed to break the cycle of debt among the poor, Phyllis was elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Phyllis is also a member of the Houston Young Lawyers Association and Texas Wall Street Women.
“The firm supports diversity programs 110 percent. When you have firm leaders standing behind your initiatives, the message proliferates throughout the firm.”