Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a national practice of over 300 litigators supported by an extensive infrastructure of paralegals and cutting-edge technology. In its Litigation Outlook 2018: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms, The BTI Consulting Group, an independent research organization that focuses on how clients acquire, manage and evaluate professional services firms, ranked Akin Gump as a “Litigation Standout” in complex commercial litigation and also recognized the firm on its “Fearsome Honor Roll” of the law firms opponents fear most in litigation.
Our litigators have wide-ranging experience in diverse business-to-business and consumer-to-business disputes such as breach of contract, business torts (including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other issues involving corporate governance, tortious interference with contract and/or business relations), defamation, false advertising, unfair competition and real estate-related claims. Our litigators are also experienced in representing clients in investigations and disputes involving the government, including RICO, FCPA, SEC and antitrust-related actions. We have represented high-profile corporations, investment management firms and individuals in a variety of industries, including financial services, energy, banking, insurance, real estate and health care.
Our commercial litigation representations include matters of extraordinary complexity, such as nationwide class actions, parallel civil and administrative proceedings, and multidistrict and multistate litigation. With lawyers across the United States and around the world, we have the multijurisdictional capabilities, experience and skills to successfully guide clients through nationwide disputes while, at the same time, understanding the unique aspects of local court systems. In addition, we represent clients in combating the serious obstacles that arise when individuals and organizations are the targets of false public accusations by the media, government officials or commercial competitors. Our reputational recovery practice has obtained numerous public retractions, corrections and apologies for clients from leading publications and media outlets in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation and Western Europe.
Akin Gump has a roster of trial lawyers—including national and regional “best trial lawyer” award-winners— who command respect, instill a degree of fear in their adversaries and set us apart. The firm draws on a trial services team dedicated to providing cost-effective trial support, including trial graphics, presentations, illustration and visual trial strategy. We are one of the few law firms in the world to offer in-house 3-D modeling, animation and rendering for the benefit of specific practices and their clients. The firm also offers real-time access to key work product, along with other value-added tools, through the use of ClientView extranets that clients can access via the Internet, at any time, from any location.
Our litigators also work closely with our Client Value Team, which provides value-add support to the firm’s clients and the internal client teams at no additional cost. Led by a former practicing lawyer, this team applies their expertise in budgeting, innovative pricing alternatives, matter management and reporting and process improvement throughout the lifecycle of the disputes we handle. This distinctive law firm capability allows Akin Gump to incorporate creativity and experience into strategic pricing and matter management discussions. Furthermore, it helps ensure that we are delivering value to our clients by promoting cost-effective solutions, driving efficiencies, and monitoring and reporting progress to facilitate transparency. This is part of our commitment to partnership with our clients and their business objectives.
Akin Gump’s approach is steered by our drive to secure the best possible results for clients. In our view, the key to litigation success is to have the creativity to eliminate claims at the earliest possible stage of litigation; the flexibility to reach advantageous compromises, where appropriate; and the experience and bench strength to take cases to trial, when necessary. Akin Gump’s litigators use these tools alongside their know-how and talent to successfully achieve our clients’ goals.