Corporate Directors Name Akin Gump as One of America’s Top Law Firms

(Washington, D.C.) – For the fifth consecutive year, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has been recognized by corporate directors as one of America’s top 20 law firms, according to a recent survey compiled by Corporate Board Member  magazine (“America’s Best Corporate Lawyers,” July/August 2005).

The survey asked 1,229 directors at public companies nationwide to identify the law firms they most admire, nationally and in 25 metropolitan areas. In addition to being lauded as one of the top 20 law firms nationally, Akin Gump was named as a leader in the Dallas legal market.

In a separate survey, general counsel named Akin Gump as one of the 20 law firms they would most want to represent their companies on national matters.

“What makes these ratings unique is that they’re made not by other lawyers, from afar, but by the people ultimately responsible for hiring corporate law firms, weighing their advice and paying their attention-getting bills,” said William S. Rukeyser, editorial director of Corporate Board Member.

R. Bruce McLean, Akin Gump’s chairman, commented, “We are extremely pleased that for five years in a row corporate directors nationwide have expressed their confidence in our firm and recognized our ongoing commitment to excellence in client service.”

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 900 lawyers with offices in Austin, Brussels, Dallas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, Riyadh (affiliate), San Antonio, San Francisco and Washington. The firm has a diversified practice and represents regional, national and international clients in a wide range of areas, including antitrust; appellate; banking and finance; capital markets; communications and information technology; corporate and securities; corporate governance; employee benefits; energy; entertainment and media; environmental; estate planning, wealth transfer and probate; financial restructuring; global security; government contracts; health; insurance; intellectual property; international trade; investment funds; labor and employment; land use; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; privatization; project development and finance; public law and policy; real estate development and finance; Russia/CIS; tax; and technology.

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