Pro Bono > Overview

At Akin Gump, we leverage the expertise, experience and passions of all members of the firm to maximize access to justice, community development, and the rule of law.

Akin Gump's commitment to serving clients in need irrespective of ability to pay is unequivocal. Worldwide, we represent refugees seeking asylum, tenants fighting eviction, veterans seeking health benefits, domestic violence survivors, non-profit organizations, and other clients in need. Our transactional lawyers structure sophisticated deals for a wide range of pro bono clients, from sovereign governments in the developing world to charter schools in struggling urban neighborhoods. The list goes on and includes significant public interest litigation, legislative counseling, poverty law and transactions, both large and small, in every one of Akin Gump’s offices.

Akin Gump is a charter signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, committing us to devote at least 60 pro bono hours per lawyer per year. In recent years, Akin Gump attorneys devoted, on average, more than 100 hours to pro bono clients per year, and more than 70 percent of our attorneys worked on pro bono matters. Our pro bono work is rewarding for our lawyers—particularly for newer attorneys who have the opportunity to cut their teeth on matters of real substance—and, more importantly, for our clients.

The firm has been honored to receive substantial recognition for its work from legal media and nonprofit organizations. In recent years, we have been proud to be recognized by the National Law Journal, Whitman-Walker Health, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Human Rights Initiative, Her Justice, and Human Rights First, among others, for our pro bono commitment.

We recognize that pro bono service is a matter of personal choice, and we are proud that so many of the firm’s lawyers have consistently demonstrated that they share our institutional commitment.