Akin Gump Top Three, Tony Pierce Top Leader, in Washington Post ‘Top Workplaces’ Contest

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump is proud to share that, in The Washington Post’s annual Top Workplaces contest, it has claimed the number three position in the Large Employers category. D.C. office partner in charge Anthony Pierce was ranked the top leader in the category of large organizations.

The Post’s rankings are based on surveys completed by employees. This is the fourth year in a row that the firm’s D.C. office has made the paper’s Top Workplaces list.

A few highlights from the published Q&A with Mr. Pierce:

  • Motivation: “We kept ourselves motivated by focusing on the fact that we have a business that provides much-needed services for clients with legal issues and helps to provide for the well-being of our employees.”
  • Coping with the Great Resignation: “Making sure that our employees see clear opportunities for professional growth whether that be at the firm or, with the firm’s assistance, elsewhere, is the key. That, and treating your employees fairly, is the best you can do.”
  • Crisis-management style: “My personal style in a business crisis is to mind the mainstays of your business — the clients and the employees — because they need you, and you need them to weather the crisis. In a crisis, panic is a leader’s worst enemy, and taking an inclusive approach that gathers ideas and solutions from key constituents helps you avoid panic.”
  • Advice for new lawyers: “Focus on learning the skills of good lawyering. Find a few good mentors and always remember that you are in a service business.”

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers and advisors in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.