National Law Journal Names Akin Gump to "Appellate Hot List" for Second Consecutive Year

(Washington, D.C.) – For the second year in a row, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has been named to The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List.

In compiling its second annual list of firms “with stellar records in appellate advocacy,” the NLJ sought firms that scored at least one significant appellate win since February 2008 “before the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal circuit court 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 “twenty-five high-profile victories” – including Jimenez v. Quarterman, 129 S. Ct. 681, U.S. v. AMC Entertainment Inc., 549 F.3d 760, and Starbucks Corp. v. Superior Court, 168 Cal. App. 4th 1436 – noting that “the firm’s long-established practices, coupled with its highly experienced appellate team, have elevated it to the upper echelon.”

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 800 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Its 25-lawyer appellate practice is nationally recognized as comprising exceptionally experienced and respected figures in the courtroom. Prominent in the practice are a former federal appellate court judge, a former state appellate court judge and a former long-term assistant to the solicitor general, who has argued more Supreme Court cases than any woman in private practice today. The practice includes lawyers with years logged as clerks at almost every level of the judicial system, including the U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme courts, federal appellate circuit courts, federal district courts and bankruptcy courts, as well as the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

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