Akin Gump Named to National Law Journal's "Appellate Hot List"

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has been named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural Appellate Hot List.

In compiling its list, the NLJ sought firms that scored at least one significant appellate win since January 2007 “before the U.S. Supreme Court, a U.S. circuit court of appeals or a state court of last resort when the financial stakes were high or an important legal principle was at stake” and maintained “an impressive track record overall.”

The NLJ cited Akin Gump’s Supreme Court victory in New York Board of Elections v. Lopez Torres, 128 S. Ct. 791 (2008), in which the firm successfully defended New York state’s system of selecting judicial nominees; its 9th Circuit win in Port of Seattle v. Federal Energy Regulation Comm'n, 499 F.3d 1016 (9th Cir. 2007), in which the court reversed federal energy regulators who blocked refunds to wholesale electricity purchasers in the face of evidence of price manipulation by West Coast power generators; and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma v. U.S., 480 F.3d 1318 (Fed. Cir. 2007), in which the federal circuit ruled that the Keetoowah Band was entitled to a trial on whether it deserved a share of a $40 million settlement with three tribes involving mineral rights.

This latest recognition follows Akin Gump’s inclusion on the NLJ’s Defense Hot List in both 2006 and 2007 and the firm’s selection as a finalist in The American Lawyer’s biennial Litigation Department of the Year competition in 2008.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 1,000 lawyers and advisors in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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