Akin Gump Expands Litigation Practice

(Los Angeles, California) – Richard K. Welsh has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Los Angeles as a partner in the litigation practice, the firm announced today.

Mr. Welsh is a trial lawyer who represents companies in diverse industry sectors including energy, telecommunications, entertainment, video-gaming, finance, satellite, real estate and retail in matters ranging from high-stakes class actions and novel insurance coverage disputes to commercial contract and tort disputes involving billions of dollars of potential liability. He is currently lead counsel in the Northern District of California for one of the largest energy companies in the world in a dispute involving property damage claims allegedly resulting from global warming and related insurance coverage litigation in Virginia arising from that suit.

Rex Heinke, leader of Akin Gump’s appellate practice, said, “Richard is an experienced and successful trial lawyer. His demonstrated skills and victories will substantially enhance our ability to deliver first-rate service to our clients. We are very pleased to welcome him to the firm.”

Mr. Welsh added, “Akin Gump has a nationally recognized practice in complex general litigation and appellate work, with industry sector specialties that really complement my practice.”

Mr. Welsh received his B.A. summa cum laude in 1997 from the University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D. in 2000 from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he received the Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. He joins the firm from Greenberg Traurig, where he was a litigation shareholder.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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