Akin Gump Named Among Top Employment Defense, Insurance Firms Nationwide

(Washington, D.C.) – Law360 has named Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to its lists of the top employment defense and insurance law firms of 2009.

Law360 recognized Akin Gump as one of the five employment defense firms that “stood out for their work on some of the year’s major cases.” The newswire noted the firm’s success in overturning on appeal a $105 million verdict against Starbucks Corp. in a tip pooling class action, as well as its success in other class action lawsuits, including a “significant win” for Home Depot in defeating class certification in a misclassification action.

Akin Gump earned a place on the newswire’s list of the six top insurance firms for its representation of the Lloyd’s of London insurance market in coverage litigation arising from allegations that Stanford International Bank and its affiliates, officers and directors perpetrated a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $7 billion. Akin Gump’s insurance team also drew praise from Law360 for its work in reaching a settlement in a decades-old nationwide class action arising from the manufacture and sale of E-Ferol, a drug given to premature infants.

In addition, Law360 named Steven Kaufhold, a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, to the newswire’s 2010 Securities Editorial Advisory Board.

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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