Robert Strauss Named One of Washington's Greatest Lawyers

(Washington, D.C.) – Legal Times has named Robert S. Strauss and Thomas C. Goldstein of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to its list of The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years. Messrs. Strauss and Goldstein were recognized as “Visionaries,” lawyers whose “foresight and hard work have changed the business of law in Washington.”

Developed in conjunction with the newspaper’s 30th anniversary, the list recognizes those lawyers “who have had the greatest impact on the Washington legal community” over the past three decades.

Highly regarded as both a lawyer and a statesman, Ambassador Strauss was “among the first to understand” the nexus between government, policy and business, opening Akin Gump’s small Washington outpost in 1971, just as the federal government was moving towards greater regulation of business. He has since grown that outpost - in just one generation - into “a Washington stalwart with offices abroad and more than 1,000 lawyers.” Legal Times also recognized Ambassador Strauss' legendary commitment to public service: he served as President Jimmy Carter’s special representative to the Middle East Peace Negotiations, and later as both the last ambassador to the Soviet Union and the first ambassador to Russia under President George H.W. Bush.

Mr. Goldstein was recognized for having “transformed the practice” of Supreme Court law. The founder of the highly regarded SCOTUSBlog, “the site that made him everyone’s go-to Supreme Court expert,” he was also noted for launching the first clinic focusing on high-court litigation at Stanford Law School – a model that has since been adopted by six other law schools. Today, Mr. Goldstein serves as co-head of Akin Gump’s Supreme Court practice and head of its Washington litigation practice.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 1,000 lawyers and advisors in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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