In January 2014, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP expanded its presence in California by opening an office in Irvine. Working closely with the firm’s other practices, the lawyers in our Irvine office focus on cross-border matters; mergers and acquisitions; corporate finance; intellectual property and dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, issues and appeals and patent litigation; and real estate. With four offices in California, Akin Gump is well positioned to serve clients throughout the state and the cross-border market, for which California serves as the principal gateway.
In separate annual surveys of general counsel and senior officers and directors of U.S. publicly traded companies, Akin Gump has been ranked by Corporate Board Member as one of the nation’s top 20 national corporate law firms. Collaborating with other practices throughout the firm, the lawyers in our Irvine office handle cross-border corporate transactions, including corporate finance, M&A and takeovers in the United States and, most notably, Asia. We advise multinational public corporations, Chinese state-owned enterprises and medium and small privately held businesses in a broad range of industry segments, including high-tech, consumer products, infrastructure and city development, automotive, green energy and biotech.
Akin Gump’s intellectual property practice has been recognized by a wide range of industry and legal publications, including The American Lawyer, Chambers USA, The National Law Journal, IP Today and IP Law and Business. Our Irvine intellectual property lawyers focus on patent litigation, advising technology clients in a wide range of industries, including semiconductors, consumer electronics and satellite television, and appearing both in federal court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. The teams that run our patent cases include trial lawyers with strong technical backgrounds. The combination of deep trial skills and technical acumen gives our litigators the insight into technology that allows them to connect with their clients and the minds behind the inventions, and effectively get to the core of the creativity behind the patents in dispute.
With a winning combination of creative strategy and strong trial skills, our litigators routinely handle a diverse array of complex civil lawsuits. We represent a broad range of industries and Fortune 500 companies in matters involving contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property, labor and employment, securities, constitutional, and First Amendment issues, carrying on the firm’s tradition of a robust trial practice. We handle class action litigation as well as complex matters involving insurance, energy, and wage and hour litigation. Our litigation practice also includes a distinguished white collar criminal defense practice.
International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Akin Gump has extensive experience in resolving international disputes, whether by international arbitration, litigation or proceedings in multiple fora and jurisdictions. The firm’s international arbitration practice receives high rankings in such publications as Chambers, The Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review. Collaborating with practitioners throughout the firm, our lawyers are involved in international arbitration of disputes arising out of large-scale infrastructure projects, joint ventures and cross-border investments, with particular reference to matters involving oil and gas, power generation and telecommunications.
Supreme Court & Appellate
Akin Gump's Supreme Court & appellate practice is nationally recognized as comprising exceptionally experienced and respected figures in the courtroom. Prominent in the practice are a former federal appellate court judge, a former state appellate court judge and a former long-term assistant to the Solicitor General. This team of lawyers brings more than a half-century and hundreds of appeals’ worth of experience to bear on any case. The practice includes lawyers with years logged as clerks at almost every level of the judicial system, including the U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, federal appellate circuit courts, federal district courts and bankruptcy courts, as well as the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Real Estate and Finance
The real estate and finance markets face a host of challenges and unprecedented opportunities. More than ever, it has become imperative to choose the most knowledgeable partners to help navigate this complex landscape in today’s economy. Having found creative solutions to help our clients save money, avoid pitfalls and achieve success, our real estate and finance lawyers are committed to being good partners for our clients and providing innovative and comprehensive representation. We advise clients in domestic and international real estate matters, including acquisitions, sales, development, joint ventures and financing. This includes the representation of buyers and sellers of distressed real estate and real estate loans and mortgage pools, including REITs and other investment entities. Our complex real estate matters often require that we leverage the experience of practitioners across Akin Gump’s full-service platform, including tax, environment, natural resources and land use.