Numerous Akin Gump Practices, Lawyers Recommended by The Legal 500 US 2021 Guide

(Washington, D.C.) – The Legal 500, in its 14th edition of The Legal 500 United States, has highlighted a number of Akin Gump practices and lawyers as leaders in their respective areas. According to the publication, the rankings involved careful consideration of evaluations given by law firms, their peers and clients.

For the sixth year in a row, Akin Gump ranked as a top-tier firm in two categories of finance - restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate and government - government relations. A number of lawyers have also been named by The Legal 500 US as “Leading Lawyers,” “Next Generation Lawyers” and members of the “Hall of Fame” in their respective fields.

The firm’s “Leading Lawyers” include:

This is the fourth consecutive recognition for Mr. Shah, and a three-peat for Messrs. Dizengoff, Bates, Pomper and Goodgame.

Investment management practice co-head Stephen M. Vine was once again recognized in the guide’s “Hall of Fame” and oil & gas partner David H. Sweeney received his third straight “Next Generation Lawyer” distinction.

Additionally, 28 of the firm’s practices were recognized and nearly 100 Akin Gump lawyers were recommended:

Alternative/hedge funds

Antitrust: Civil litigation/class actions: Defense

Antitrust: Merger control

Appellate: Courts of appeal

Appellate: Supreme courts (states and federal)

Capital Markets: Debt offerings: Advice to issuers

Corporate governance

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)

Energy: Renewable/alternative power

Energy Transactions: Oil and gas

General commercial disputes

Government contracts

Government relations

International trade

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Media and entertainment: transactional

Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

  • Cono Carrano
  • Steve Maslowski
  • David Vondle

Private equity funds (including venture capital)

Real estate

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Securities litigation: Defense

  • Stephen M. Baldini
  • Scott Barnard
  • Michelle Reed

Shareholder activism: Advice to shareholders


  • Stacey R. Eisenstein
  • Daniel L. Nash

US Taxes: Non-Contentious

For further details on the firm’s rankings and commentary, please click here.

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

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