Kim Koopersmith is the chairperson of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Ms. Koopersmith guides the strategic direction of the firm, heads the firm’s management committee and plays a leading role in ensuring the firm's continued commitment to the highest levels of client service and in strengthening its dedication to diversity, pro bono work and attorney excellence. She has played a key role in the enhancement of the firm’s overall performance, earning recognition for her innovative and transformative approach to law firm leadership.
Practice & Background
Prior to her role in management, Ms. Koopersmith was a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, where she handled complex commercial litigation matters and served as relationship partner to several of the firm’s largest clients.
Throughout her career, Ms. Koopersmith has taken on a substantial role in pioneering many of Akin Gump’s efforts to enhance diversity and attract and retain the best talent. She has been instrumental in the firm’s diversity efforts, including the firm’s participation in numerous scholarships and pipeline efforts. She is also an active participant in legal industry efforts to address diversity.
Ms. Koopersmith has received much recognition for her efforts and accomplishments in making Akin Gump a dynamic organization. Ms. Koopersmith was the recipient of the 2018 Flex Leader Award from the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance in recognition of her efforts in moving the firm toward a more inclusive workplace through holistic flexibility. In 2015, she was named to The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” list of the most noteworthy legal performers of the year for her role in Akin Gump’s historic hire of Bingham McCutchen’s London office. She was named an “agent of change” by Women of Influence magazine in 2014 for her efforts to promote a diverse work environment and flexible work schedules. In 2011, she was the recipient of InsideCounsel magazine’s Pathmaker Award, presented annually to a law firm leader whose “courage, unyielding vision, integrity, conviction and authenticity [have] carved a groundbreaking path and laid a new foundation to accelerate the economic empowerment of attorneys of color or women.” Additionally, Law360 selected her as one of its “2012 Most Innovative Managing Partners,” citing “almost two decades creating and expanding advancement opportunities for women and minorities both inside and outside of the firm, making her among the most innovative leaders at U.S. firms.”
Ms. Koopersmith is involved in numerous community, civic and charitable activities, including serving on the board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She has also chaired the board of Equal Justice Works, which facilitates opportunities and financial support for law students and law school graduates who seek to pursue a career in public service. She also co-chairs the Pro Bono Institute Law Firm Committee and sits on the board of Her Justice, an organization dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence.
Awards & Accolades
- “The Hot 100,” The Lawyer (January 26, 2015)
- “Agent of Change,” Women of Influence (September 24, 2014)
- “2012 Most Innovative Managing Partner: Akin Gump’s Kim Koopersmith,” Law360 (October 5, 2012)
- “Transforming Leadership Award,” InsideCounsel (December 26, 2011).
- “Flex Leader Award”, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance (2018).