Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP opened its Houston office in 1988 to provide vigorous support to our clients in the energy and technology industries. In every area of the law, Akin Gump’s lawyers focus on progressive, cost-effective solutions and favorable results. As a result, Akin Gump’s Houston lawyers are frequently recognized in both peer and client surveys, such as Chambers USA and Global as well as Best Lawyers in America, as among the top in their respective areas of practice. We advise each client with the highest sense of professionalism, and our Houston lawyers use their vast experience and advanced knowledge of our clients’ business and industry to meet clients’ needs daily.
Long recognized as the “Energy Capital of the World,” Houston has a broad economic base and a culturally diverse metropolitan area that serves as headquarters for 25 Fortune 500 companies and a gateway to the global marketplace. Our lawyers represent a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds and pursue practices as diverse as the city itself. As Houston’s economy grows, so does the scope of our practice. Accordingly, Akin Gump’s Houston lawyers are involved in a broad range of sophisticated, multijurisdictional transactions and cases that are often on the leading edge of legal, technological and business developments within the energy, manufacturing, biotechnology, chemical, information technology, health care, aerospace and telecommunications industries. Our lawyers understand that the value of what we do is measured by the extent to which it helps our clients achieve their goals and, so, are fully committed to our clients and their goals.
Energy and Global Transactions
Akin Gump’s energy and global transactions practice, headquartered in Houston, consists of a dynamic firmwide team of more than 200 attorneys and has advised on some of the largest and most cutting-edge energy projects in the world.
Our energy practice includes the representation of publicly traded and privately held companies as well as financial institutions, private equity funds, sovereign governments and national energy companies in their various roles as developers, issuers, underwriters, lenders and borrowers. We do a wide variety of public and private equity and debt offerings and lending transactions; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; and structuring and implementation of direct investments across global markets. Our energy experience spans the value chain from exploration and production activity in oil and gas, power and oil field service, supply and equipment manufacturing companies, midstream ventures, transportation, refining and marketing, investor-owned utilities and independent power developers to renewable energy investment. We represent clients in all aspects of the development and financing of critical infrastructure projects and have particularly strong capabilities with oil and gas, power and mining projects and toll roads.
Akin Gump’s Houston intellectual property lawyers are highly experienced trial lawyers as well as nationally recognized leaders, having held state and national offices and having authored numerous articles on benchmark decisions in intellectual property. Our IP lawyers advise on all areas of law governing IP litigation matters in state and federal courts, with a particular focus on patent litigation throughout the United States. They are very experienced in practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and are poised to handle matters during the post-grant procedures under the new America Invents Act. With a diverse client base, we represent clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to universities, governmental agencies and entrepreneurial ventures.
Labor and Employment
Akin Gump’s labor and employment lawyers represent employers on their most complex and challenging labor and employment legal problems, from wage and hour class actions and discrimination cases, to arbitrations involving key talent, to complex labor controversies. With an escalation of wage and hour lawsuits confronting employers, especially those in the oil and gas industry, our top-ranked team helps clients successfully resolve nationwide collective actions allegations of “off the clock” violations or misclassification of employees under FLSA as well as wage and hour class actions. We also assist employers facing regulatory scrutiny by the Department of Labor, advising clients on compliance with federal and state-level workplace safety and health laws and if necessary, representing them in enforcement actions brought by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We also help navigate our clients through executive compensation and restrictive covenants disputes as well as class action and single-plaintiff cases stemming from various general employment issues.
Seasoned trial lawyers form the backbone of our Houston litigation team. Our team represents clients in a variety of complex commercial, civil and appellate cases before federal and state courts, arbitration panels and government agencies. The clients we represent operate in a wide range of industries, including energy, petrochemical, telecommunications, technology and banking, among others. Our innovative litigators in Houston rely on both experience and creativity to resolve disputes and win cases for our clients.
Akin Gump is committed to our core values of collegiality, commitment, excellence, integrity and intensity, and our lawyers and advisors are dedicated to achieving successful results for our clients while working within the framework of these important values.
Our international arbitration team in Houston is part of our global arbitration practice. In close collaboration with other experienced international arbitration practitioners in our offices in London, Geneva, Washington D.C., New York, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Hong Kong, the Houston office acts on complex, high-stakes commercial arbitration matters in both the oil and gas and other sectors.