Anthony Pierce Named Top Washington Lawyer

(Washington, D.C.) – The Washington Business Journal has named Anthony T. Pierce, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, as the winner of Top Washington Lawyer honors in the category of Corporate Litigation. In addition, the paper named Michele Roberts, a partner in the firm’s white collar criminal defense practice, as a finalist in the category of White Collar Crime.

The winners – culled from nearly 400 nominations in 15 areas of law – were announced on September 18 at the Washington Business Journal’s annual Top Washington Lawyers awards reception.

Mr. Pierce’s clients span a diverse group of industries, including technology and telecommunications, health care, energy, entertainment and media, and financial services. His trial work includes cases ranging from Internet liability and breach of contract to employee classification and executive compensation. He also has significant experience with internal investigations involving accounting fraud, employee misconduct and theft of intellectual property.

Mr. Pierce joined Akin Gump upon graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. Active in the Washington legal and business community, he is the immediate past president of the board of trustees of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and serves on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s Advisory Committee on Pro Se Litigation. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and a member of the Leadership Washington Class of 2002. He also has served on several bar committees, including the Judicial Evaluation Committee. In September 2008 he was named partner in charge of Akin Gump’s Washington, D.C., office.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley – Boalt Hall, Ms. Roberts, a partner in the firm’s white collar criminal defense practice, focuses on criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings. Before entering private practice, she served for eight years in the office of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and ultimately was named chief of the office’s trial division. Washingtonian magazine ranked her first in its 2002 list of Washington’s top 75 lawyers, calling her “the finest pure trial lawyer in Washington – magic with juries, loved by judges, feared by opposing counsel.” She was named to Washingtonian’s list of top lawyers again in 2004, and in 2006 was named by Legal Times as one of Washington's 10 Leading Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 950 lawyers and advisors in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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