Firm Profile > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > New York, United States

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States

Government > Government relations Tier 1

A clear leader in the public policy and lobbying space, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has one of the largest and most diverse government relations practices in the market. Based in Washington DC, the firm fields a bipartisan team of lawyers and advisors who have in-depth experience in the political process, having served in elected office or as senior staff to members of Congress, Congressional Committees and in the executive branch of the federal government. Core areas of expertise include tax, health, energy, financial services, environment and Native American law, though the team has been increasingly active in international trade-related matters. The firm also played a key role in helping clients in the medical and pharmaceutical space during the Covid-19 crisis, advising on issues regarding personal protective equipment, and liaising with the FDA and other regulatory bodies. Premier international trade lobbyist Brian Pomper oversees the department with Hunter Bates, who specializes in issues pertaining to tax, health, transportation and technology. Other key contacts include Arshi Siddiqui, who has a strong background representing corporate clients before Congress and the executive branch, and Ed Pagano, a name to note for antitrust, immigration reform and communications matters.

Practice head(s):

Hunter Bates; Brian Pomper

Other key lawyers:

Arshi Siddiqui; Ed Pagano; Jeff McMillen

Key clients

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

National Independent Venue Association

National Thoroughbred Racing Association

University of Louisville

Alliance for Automotive Innovation

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

New Venture Fund

Legacies of War

Innovation Alliance

Alliance for Trade Enforcement

Anheuser-Busch InBev

United Parcel Service (UPS)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Business Roundtable

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's global restructuring practice fields over 100 dedicated lawyers spread across the US, Europe and Asia. The firm has extensive creditor-side experience in two of the world's key financial markets, namely New York and London; these cities house the group's global co-heads, Ira Dizengoff and James Roome. In addition to its work for creditors, the practice is increasingly assisting debtors and distressed companies with formal restructuring proceedings, distressed transactions, and debt and equity financing transactions. Over the past few decades, the international team has developed specialized experience in a number of industries, with a particular focus on energy. In New York, other key practitioners include dedicated financial restructuring litigator Abid Qureshi and Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructuring specialist Philip Dublin. Respected lawyer Daniel Golden retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ira Dizengoff

Other key lawyers:

Philip Dublin; Abid Qureshi; James Roome

Key clients

An Ad Hoc Group of Senior Noteholders of 7.000% Notes of Aerovias de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Brooks Brothers


The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Southern Foods Group, LLC formerly d/b/a Dean Foods

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.

FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.

Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders of Foresight Energy LP

Franklin Advisors, Inc.

An Ad Hoc Group of Unsecured Noteholders issued by Frontier Communications Corporation

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc.

An Ad Hoc Group of Creditors of Intelsat Jackson Holdings S.A.

The First Lien Minority Group of J.C. Penney Company, Inc.

Martin Midstream Partners L.P.

The ad hoc committee of senior unsecured noteholders in Pacific Gas and Electric Company

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Purdue Pharma L.P.

Independent Board of Directors of Remington Outdoor Company, Inc.

Sanchez Energy Corporation

The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Sears Holdings Corporation

An Ad Hoc Group of Secured Term Loan Lenders of Travelport Worldwide Ltd.

Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 2

Combining underlying sector knowledge with strong substantive law expertise on the M&A and finance front, in particular, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provides comprehensive service to public and private companies, as well as sponsors and their portfolio companies, on their transactional and operational activity throughout the value chain. Although new money deals continue to drive a significant proportion of the team’s work, the firm’s overarching creditor-side insolvency offering, which includes particularly strong bondholder ties, has also ensured that it has been able to generate a significant pipeline of restructuring-related work caused in large part due to Covid 19-related demand issues. Corporate partner John Goodgame leads the team from Houston and, in addition to handling upstream M&A work, is also regularly instructed by industry borrowers to assist on their capital markets issuances. David Sweeney has a burgeoning reputation and is appreciated by clients for his versatility throughout the value chain, both on new money deals and restructurings; he is also rated for his knowledge and practical application of operational matters (including joint operating agreements), both domestically and globally. All named practitioners are based in Houston. Christine LaFollette retired from the partnership at the end of 2020, and Michael Byrd retired in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

John Goodgame

Other key lawyers:

David Sweeney; David Elder; Seth Molay; Cynthia Mabry

Key clients

Apache Corporation

Diamondback Energy, Inc.

Rattler Midstream LP

SRC Energy Inc.

EOG Resources, Inc.

Genesis Energy, LP

Laredo Petroleum, Inc.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Summit Midstream Partners LP

Tellurian Inc.

Viper Energy Partners LP

Total S.A.

Cimarex Energy Corp.

Wintershall Dea GmbH

Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a core focus on renewables work for a variety of leading domestic and international stakeholders, including sponsors/developers (SunPower Corporation); lenders (Macquarie Bank, Royal Bank of Canada) and investors (D.E.Shaw Renewable Investments). The scope of the work is broad and includes advising on all aspects associated with the development, financing, acquisition and sale of renewables projects, both from a purely domestic as well as international perspective. Although the firm handles its fair share of volume-based instructions, its work at the leading-edge of the industry, in terms of new technologies, transactions and structures has ensured that it has become the go-to-practice for clients on their more bespoke and innovative transactions. Notable recent highlights include advising SunTrust Bank on its tax equity investment in the Holstein solar project (a 200MW solar project located in Texas), which was notable for being the first tax equity transaction on a solar hedge off-take in the market. The team was, however, impacted in March 2021 by the departure of a number of key practitioners including John Marciano to Allen & Overy LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Dan Lynch; John Goodgame

Key clients

SunPower Corporation

ING Bank

AES Distributed Energy

Voya Investment Management

Macquarie Bank


Royal Bank of Canada

Distributed Solar Development, a GE Renewable Energy Venture

Tokyo Gas

Excelsior Capital

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP benefits from the firm’s strong presence worldwide, drawing on the expertise of over 70 international trade specialists based in Beijing, Dubai, Geneva and London, among other key offices. The group runs a formidable export controls and economic sanctions practice. The team’s excellence is particularly evident in investigations conducted pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations as well as the Export Administration Regulations; its recent standout work includes advice led by practice head Thomas McCarthy in relation to military and dual-use items in the energy industry, as well as complex compliance advice in the technology hardware sector. Another integral fragment of the group’s work is CFIUS assistance with strategic transactions and national security issues, for which the team can rely on the firm’s highly regarded lobbying, regulatory and specialist industry groups. Christian Davis sits at the helm of the CFIUS practice, where another key name to note is Kevin Wolf, who is a former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. Led by Lars-Erik Hjelm, the customs law practice is equally strong and counts multinationals such as Volkswagen among its loyal clients. Last but not least, the department is adept at handling trade disputes; Bernd Janzen is acting for clients in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, as well as in claims arising under various international trade agreements. The group significantly expanded its trade remedy law offering with multiple lateral hires, including the appointments of Matthew Nicely and his team from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Wolf; Christian Davis; Lars-Erik Hjelm; Bernd Janzen; Matthew Nicely; Daniel Witkowski; Jonathan Poling; Spencer Griffith; Yujin Kim McNamara; Devin Sikes; Shana Hofstetter; Katherine Padgett

Key clients

Advanced Drainage Systems

Alimentary Group Dcoop S.Coop.

Associations of Mexican Tomato Growers

Cornerstone Building Brands

Eastman Chemical Company

Electrolux North America, Inc.

Epson America, Inc.

Flir Systems, Inc.

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Global Business Alliance

Government of British Columbia

Johnson & Johnson


Largo Resources Ltd.

NIKE, Inc.

Oman Aluminium Rolling Company LLC


Solar Energy Industries Association

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

United Parcel Service Co.

United Technologies Corporation

Volkswagen Group of America

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 2

Based in Los Angeles, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a broad client base of major financiers, lenders and production companies, and is distinguished through its work advising inbound investors from Asia such as MUFG Bank, East West Bank and China Media Corporation, among others. The team’s domestic client base is equally impressive, including a number of major names such as Bank of America and JP Morgan. Given its solid financier client base, the practice’s workload consists primarily of credit facilities and financing work. Christopher Spicer chairs the practice and has experience in financing work for private equity and venture capital investors, mezzanine investors and production companies. Also recommended is John Burke, who also assists private equity firms as well as hedge funds, high-net worth individuals and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Spicer

Other key lawyers:

John Burke

Key clients

American Coalition for Independent Content Producers (ACICP)

American Film Institute

Aperture Media Partners LLC

Bank of America, N.A.

China Media Corporation

Comerica Bank

Content Partners

East West Bank

Hudson Private

Ingenious Investments Ltd.

JPMorgan Chase Securities

Media Content Capital

Media Guarantors Insurance Solutions

Media Rights Capital

MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Narrative Capital Partners

Portfolio Funding Company

SunTrust Bank

T&B Media Global (Thailand) Company Limited

XYZ Films

Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is particularly active in the mid-market, with a client base that includes several start-up sponsors in addition to a range of more established names, which the team advises on offshore fund complexes, funds-of-one, and distressed credit funds, among others. The uptick in SPAC work has filtered through to the firm as well, with Dallas-based Eliot Raffkind advising Fir Tree Capital Management on the formation of its special opportunities fund. Stephen Vine and Prakash Mehta lead the team. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Vine; Prakash Mehta

Other key lawyers:

Eliot Raffkind

Key clients

Brett Icahn

Fir Tree Capital Management LP

Lido Advisors, LLC

GoldenTree Asset Management LP


Royalty Pharma

Pharmakon Advisors LP / Biopharma

Blackstone Alternative Asset Management LP

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP focuses on providing outside legal counsel services to both public and private companies, as well as their management and board of directors; in this space, it counts Verso Corporation, Greenlight Capital Re and Bluestem Brands among its long-standing clients. The team excels in handling issues pertaining to potential breaches of fiduciary duties; its thought leadership initiatives, such as its quarterly Board Leadership Series, also stand out in this space. In addition, New York-based practice head Kerry Berchem has a strong track record of assisting bankrupt and restructured entities with structuring their governance programs. Other key contacts in the group include corporate department co-heads John Goodgame (Houston) and Jeffrey Kochian (New York).

Practice head(s):

Kerry Berchem

Other key lawyers:

John Goodgame; Jeffrey Kochian; Seth Molay; Cynthia Mabry

Key clients

Alliance Data Systems Corporation

Bluestem Brands

Cimarex Energy Co.

Conflicts Committee of Summit Midstream Partners, LP

Diamondback Energy, Inc.

Enterprise Products Partners LP

EOG Resources, Inc.

EP Energy LLC

Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.

Laredo Petroleum, Inc.

Mammoth Energy Services, Inc.

PetroQuest Energy, Inc.

Rattler Midstream LP

Sorenson Communications, Inc.

SRC Energy, Inc.

U.S. Concrete Inc.

Verso Corporation

Viper Energy Partners LP

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has particular strength in advisory matters relating to the CCPA, data breaches, FTC investigations, data issues linked to M&A and cybersecurity compliance frameworks. Of note, the team recently defended Vizio in a class action suit relating to the Video Privacy Protection Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and various other consumer-based statutes. The team is also experienced in legal matters relating to smart cities, the Internet-of-things and sharing platforms. Contacts include joint practice heads Natasha Kohne and Michelle Reed, and Jo-Ellyn Sakowitz Klein, the name to note for issues affecting the health sector.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Kohne; Michelle Reed

Other key lawyers:

Jo-Ellyn Sakowitz Klein

Key clients


Apollo Global Management

Arthur Hayes, Principal and co-founder of BitMEX, the world’s largest bitcoin derivatives exchange

Centerpoint Energy

Eastman Kodak Company

Franciscan Health

Helen of Troy Limited

Hydro Flask

Metro New York



Pizza Hut

RagingWire (part of NTT, a global technology services company)

The Vanguard Group


Government > Government contracts Tier 3

Headquartered in Washington DC, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP handles procurement processes at the local, state, federal and international levels, and also stands out in government-facing disputes. Contractors in the technology, aerospace and defense sectors regularly turn to the team for assistance with a range of national security and supply chain matters. Typical mandates include handling internal investigations and representing government contractors in qui tam suits and direct False Claims Act matters. Government procurement policy specialist Angela Styles and Scott Heimberg, who acts for private equity firms and companies in M&A involving entities with government contracts and grants, are key partners in the department. Susan Lent is recommended for government procurement and contract negotiations relating to infrastructure projects. Michael Vernick, who joined the group in 2021 from Hogan Lovells US LLP, leads the department and oversees mandates in the education sector with an emphasis on False Claims Act litigation and internal investigations. Robert Huffman retired from the partnership in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Vernick

Other key lawyers:

Angela Styles; Scott Heimberg; Susan Lent; Elise Farrell; Thomas McLish

Key clients

American International Contractors (Special Projects)

Ampere Computing

Aviation Technical Services


Bahrain Maritime & Mercantile International (BMMI)


Carlyle Group

City of Houston


Delaware North

Elliott Management



Gojo Industries


Houston Airport System


KEWA Financial Inc.,

Mammoth Energy

Meta Aerospace


Nordam Group

North American Transit Alliance

Owens & Minor

Owl Rock Capital Partners

Paradigm Precision Holdings


Port of Long Beach

Primeflight Aviation Services

Raytheon Technologies Corporation (including Raytheon, Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS))


R.J. Corman Railroad

Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority

Sequa Corporation

Texas Guaranteed

Texas Southern University



Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has notable experience in class and collective actions, and is often instructed by large corporations from the retail, food and drink, sports and services industries. The team, which is led by Washington DC-based Bob Lian, acts in wage and hour claims, EEO disputes, labor issues and arbitration proceedings; Daniel Nash has a notable track record as a trial lawyer. Based in Los Angeles, Greg Knopp is well versed in Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims. Gary McLaughlin, also in LA, and Donna Mezias are other key contacts for California labor and employment matters. Arbitration specialist Stacey Eisenstein and Esther Lander, both in Washington DC, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Bob Lian

Other key lawyers:

Donna Mezias; Stacey Eisenstein; Nate Oleson; Esther Lander; Greg Knopp; Gary McLaughlin; Daniel Nash

Key clients

National Football League

Starbucks Coffee Company

The Home Depot

Rand Construction Company

Academy Sports + Outdoors

Walmart Inc.

Tapestry, Inc.

S&P Global

Vallourec Star, LP


Michaels Stores, Inc.

VCA Antech, Inc.

American Film Institute

MediaNews Group

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP acts for sponsors in relation to a range of funds including credit funds, real estate and emerging markets, the latter of which has been helped by the firm’s global footprint and collaboration with its foreign offices. On the investor side, the firm acts for sovereign wealth funds, funds-of-funds, large pension plans, and other investors in both their investments in funds as well as secondary transactions. Practice co-head Prakash Mehta leads the firm’s India practice and is highly active in emerging market funds work, with a practice that covers a range of operational and strategic advice. Fellow co-head Stephen Vine acts exclusively for funds and their managers, with a focus on fund formation and fundraising advice, in addition to operational issues. Fadi Samman, who is based in Washington DC, is another key figure within the team. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Vine; Prakash Mehta

Other key lawyers:

Fadi Samman; Eliot Raffkind; Blayne Grady; Barbara Niederkofler; James Deeken


‘Jim Deeken truly puts his client’s best interests ahead of himself, which made him an excellent advisor during our first institutional fundraise. Moreover, his 20 year legal career and calm demeanor were critical in the success in our negotiations with limited partners.’

Key clients

Colbeck Capital Management

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Invictus Capital Management

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

McGinty Road Partners

Brightwood Capital Advisors

BHMS Investments, LLC

Jasper Ridge Partners

Mubadala Capital


Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP fields a well-rounded DCM practice, principally from its offices in New York, Houston and Dallas. It remains strongly wedded to the energy sector, which provided an impressive series of big-ticket engagements in 2020; though it has become a much more diversified practice over recent years, underpinned by the growth of the New York office. The firm is active in the investment grade and high-yield debt spaces, with a greater flow in the high-yield arena; it has a large number of funds and investor clients, including hedge funds and private equity houses. Much of the team's activity centered on refinancings during 2020, given greater impetus by the firm's prominent financial restructuring practice, with further growth in acquisition finance-related transactions leading into 2021. Houston partner John Goodgame is global co-head of the corporate group and has an excellent record in big-ticket energy sector offerings; New York's Rosa Testani has senior-level expertise in multiple industries; and Dallas-based Garrett DeVries and Seth Molay are also prominent names, the latter especially in the high-yield debt space.

Practice head(s):

John Goodgame; Garrett DeVries; Rosa Testani

Other key lawyers:

Seth Molay

Key clients

EOG Resources, Inc. [NYSE: EOG]

Genesis Energy, L.P. [NYSE: GEL]

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. [NYSE: LPI]

Diamondback Energy, Inc. [NASDAQ: FANG]

Viper Energy Partners LP [NASDAQ: VNOM]

LifePoint Health

Rattler Midstream, LP [NASDAQ: RTLR]

An Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders of CSI Compressco LP (the “CSI Compressco Ad Hoc Group”) [NASDAQ: CCLP]

Alliance Data Systems [NYSE: ADS]

U.S. Concrete, Inc. [NASDAQ: USCR]

Cinemark USA, Inc. [NYSE: CNK]

Martin Midstream Partners L.P. [NASDAQ: MMLP]

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s presence in the areas of energy and restructuring provides it with a solid platform to fuel its high-yield debt practice. The firm also stands out in the private equity and asset management space, giving it another avenue into the high-yield segment of the capital markets. Much of its activity is acquisition finance-driven with Dallas partner Seth Molay taking the lead on these matters; he is especially active in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

John Goodgame; Rosa Testani

Other key lawyers:

Seth Molay

Key clients

Alliance Data Systems [NYSE: ADS]

Construction Partners, Inc. [NYSE: ROAD]

CEVA Logistics AG [SIX Swiss Exchange: CEVA]

Diamondback Energy [NASDAQ: FANG]

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. [NASDAQ: DAVE]

FirstEnergy Corp. [NYSE: FE]

Genesis Energy, L.P. [NYSE: GEL]

Laredo Petroleum [NYSE: LPI]

Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. [NASDAQ: TUSK]

NBL Midstream, LLC

Viper Energy Partners LP [NASDAQ: VNOM]

Warrior Met Coal, Inc. [NYSE: HCC]

Wells Fargo Securities [NYSE: WFC]

MAK Capital One, LLC.

Vista Credit Partners

LifePoint Health

Rattler Midstream, LP [NASDAQ: RTLR]

An Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders of CSI Compressco LP (the “CSI Compressco Ad Hoc Group”) [Nasdaq: CCLP]

U.S. Concrete, Inc. [Nasdaq: USCR]

Cinemark USA, Inc. [NYSE: CNK]

Martin Midstream Partners L.P. [Nasdaq: MMLP]

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP specializes in cross-border and domestic disputes regarding investment funds, hedge funds and financial restructuring. In addition, the team is well known for handling large-scale disputes for clients in the energy sector. Anthony T. Pierce, based in Washington, DC, stands out for his strong track record in complex commercial litigation, including product liability, data privacy and consumer protection disputes. Stephen Baldini, who runs the practice from New York, has notable expertise in litigation and arbitration involving private equity firms, hedge funds and distressed corporates.

Practice head(s):

Steve Baldini

Other key lawyers:

Anthony T. Pierce

Key clients

Commercial Metals Company

Mammoth Energy Services

Rand Construction



Sanchez Energy Corporation


Tellurian Inc.

Mangrove Partners


AEG Presents

National Football League


Kennedy Lewis Investment Management

Relevant Group

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a strong record across merger filings and defense proceedings, successfully litigating against challenges from competitors and government agencies and securing clearance for multibillion-dollar deals. Washington DC-based practice head Corey Roush is a highly rated practitioner who has successfully argued merger cases against both the DOJ and FTC. He continued his record with the successful litigation of FTC vs Peabody on behalf of Peabody Energy in 2020. Roush further secured clearance of 7-Eleven’s $21bn acquisition of Speedway, a major transaction in the sector. Gorav Jindal also enjoyed an impressive year, serving as lead antitrust counsel for Peabody on two major transactions. Former FTC deputy director of competition Haidee Schwartz has significant knowledge of antitrust planning and government merger review proceedings. Named lawyers are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Corey Roush

Other key lawyers:

Gorav Jindal; Haidee Schwartz

Key clients

Peabody Energy Corp.

7-Eleven, Inc.

Enterprise Products Partners

SRC Energy

RagingWire Data Centers, Inc.

Verso Corporation

Dean Foods

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP unites a strong ITC practice and an experienced federal court and PTAB practice under one roof. The team of practice head Steve Maslowski in Philadelphia features an exceptionally high number of lawyers with technical degrees, allowing for thorough understanding of the technological issues at stake in a broad range of sectors. The firm’s core ITC duo consists of Cono Carrano and David Vondle in the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Steve Maslowski

Other key lawyers:

Cono Carrano; David Vondle

Key clients

3M Company, 3M Innovative Properties Company

Synaptics Incorporated


Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is known for representing leading financial institutions and public companies, including private investment funds, broker dealers, and public accounting firms, in private litigation arising under the federal securities and commodities laws, as well as in related investigations and enforcement proceedings. The team is regularly involved in cutting-edge litigation, including short-swing trading claims, for private equity and hedge funds, which is the main area of focus for head of litigation Stephen BaldiniScott Barnard and Michelle Reed, both based in Dallas, secured a victory for Tandy Leather Factory in a securities class action arising from a fall in its stock price after it disclosed that it its quarterly reports would be delayed.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Baldini

Other key lawyers:

Scott Barnard; Michelle Reed

Key clients

Tandy Leather Factory

Scopia Capital Management

Commercial Metals Company

Fred’s Inc.

Cimarex Energy Co. / Resolute Energy Corp.

Tower Research Capital

Civitas Capital Management

SRC Energy

Industry focus > Sport Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is particularly strong in advising its sports and entertainment industry clients on sensitive labor, wage and hour, and employment discrimination matters. Based in Washington DC, practice head Daniel Nash has noted expertise in the area of labor and employment and has represented clients in a number of arbitration and court cases, particularly on behalf of the NFL and its member clubs. In addition, the team has experience in commercial litigation and class action disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Nash

Other key lawyers:

Stacey Eisenstein

Key clients

National Football League

Southeastern Conference

National Thoroughbred Racing Association

San Francisco 49ers

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

The practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is well equipped to handle private antitrust litigation, including class actions and multi-district litigation. The antitrust litigation group is led by Corey Roush, who has experience acting in high-stakes matters and represents a variety of individuals and corporate executives. Also active in this space, Fairley Spillman frequently represents energy and healthcare clients, particularly in issues at the nexus of antitrust and intellectual property law. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Corey Roush

Other key lawyers:

Fairley Spillman; Alex Merritt; Haidee Schwartz

Key clients

Mars, Inc./Antech Diagnostics, Inc.

NTT Global Data Centers Americas, Inc.


Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 5

The team at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP stands out through its diverse client base that includes major multinationals alongside small and medium-sized companies, universities, research foundations and government agencies. The strong healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences litigation team is the core focus of the practice, but the wider caseload also includes high-profile matters from the technology, consumer product and semiconductor industries, not only in federal courts, but also at the ITC and PTAB. The firm continues to attract praise for the quality of its digital innovation tools. Steve Maslowski in Philadelphia is the head of the practice. The firm also has patent hubs in New York, Washington DC, San Antonio, Houston and Irvine.

Practice head(s):

Steve Maslowski

Other key lawyers:

Cono Carrano; David Vondle; Kevin McBride; Michael Kahn; Daniel Moffett; Kirt O’Neill; Rubén Muñoz; Matthew Pearson; Pratik Shah; Julius Chen; Dianne Elderkin; Rachel Elsby

Key clients

3M Company

Amneal Pharmaceuticals

Boston Scientific

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Cornell University

Cytonome/ST, LLC

Depuy Synthes

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)

Falcon Solutions

George Strait Productions, Inc.

Helen of Troy

Inguran d/b/a STgenetics (formerly Sexing Technologies)

Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary)

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Kaz Inc.

Kingston Technologies

LG Electronics

Merck & Co., Inc.

Microlife Corporation

Minerva Surgical, Inc.

Newfield Exploration Company

Ono Pharmaceutical, Ltd.

Oxo International


Pioneer Energy

Pratt & Whitney

Raytheon Technologies (formerly United Technologies Corporation)

Scribe Labs Inc.

Sesen Bio

Signify Holding B.V.

Silver Ventures


Sorenson Communications

Synaptics Incorporated

Unified Patents



Real estate Tier 5

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is active across all asset classes, though places particular emphasis on the hospitality space where it represents sovereign wealth and private equity funds, in addition to the family offices, in the development, financing, selling and purchase of hotel assets. A further field of expertise is the data center space where its lawyers regularly act for REITs at each stage of the development process, from design and construction through to leasing. Contacts in the team include Dallas-based John Bain, who is noted for his energy and retail sector expertise; David Phelps in Los Angeles, who is most active in the healthcare market; and Marc Epstein who works from Fort Worth.

Practice head(s):

John Bain; Marc Epstein; David Phelps

Key clients

ARA Asset Management

BlackRock Reality Advisors Inc.

Colony Capital, Inc. (f/k/a Colony NorthStar)

CorePoint Lodging

Entertainment Properties Group

Equality California

IPI Data Centers Partners Management, LLC

Iron Point Partners

KIPP Public Charter Schools

Majestic Resorts, Inc.

NewcrestImage, LLC

Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC (PIMCO)

Rockwood Capital

The Brazen Hotel Group

VWI Partners LLC

Waramaug Asset Management, LLC and Waramaug Hospitality, LLC

Woodbury Corporation

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 6

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP advises corporates and an array of investment funds on public and private M&A, joint ventures, distressed acquisitions, and corporate governance issues including shareholder activism. The firm has a particular strength in the energy space, advising the likes of Apache Corporation and SRC Energy on mergers and overseas investments. It also recorded a major deal in the retail space, with Dallas-based Thomas Yang representing 7-Eleven in its $21bn acquisition of Speedway Stores nationally. The team is led from New York by Jeffrey Kochian, who primarily works with funds clients on M&A and corporate governance matters, while Kerry Berchem advises public and private companies on a range of deals, with particular expertise in distressed acquisitions and tax-driven transactions. Houston's John Goodgame specializes in energy work, and regularly advises on MLPs in addition to heading up the firm's securities practice.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kochian

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Berchem; Thomas Yang; John Goodgame

Key clients

7-Eleven, Inc.

Apache Corporation

SRC Energy Inc.

Diamondback Energy, Inc.

AT&T, Inc.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Verso Corporation

Rattler Midstream, LP

Genesis Energy, LP

Baker Bothers Advisors, LP

Solar Capital Ltd

Viper Energy Partners LP

Consonance Capital Management LP

Conflicts committee of the board of directors of Summit Midstream GP

Wintershall DEA

Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Leveraging a strong network of offices across the US, each with a distinct focus, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provides nationwide coverage to a number of clients in the areas of pharmaceuticals, energy, and asset management. Under the joint leadership of Patrick Fenn, a broadly experienced transactional tax attorney, and Stuart Leblang, who concentrates on investment funds tax and tax policy issues, the full-service team is particularly well known for its creditor-side restructuring work. The tax team also plays a role in Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructuring proceedings and employee benefit and executive compensation mandates. Houston-based Alison Chen has expertise in energy tax and related restructuring matters. All named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Fenn; Stuart Leblang

Other key lawyers:

Alison Chen

Key clients

RP Management, LLC / Royalty Pharma plc

FirstEnergy Solutions Corp

Pharmakon Advisors LP / Biopharma

Apollo Global Management, LLC

Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Mubadala Capital


Ad Hoc Group of Holdco Lenders of Salt Creek Midstream

Ad Hoc Group of First Lien Lenders of Foresight Energy LP

Sanchez Energy Corporation


Franklin Advisors, Inc.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Genesis Energy, LP

Diamondback Energy, Inc.

Centerpoint Energy, Inc.

Rattler Midstream LP

Laredo Petroleum, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s team members’ ‘skills are superb as are their dedication and commitment to the case’. The group is well versed in a wide range of appeal work at all Circuits as well as the US Supreme Court, including briefing and oral advocacy as well as strategic counseling during the trial stage of high-stakes cases. The practice has considerable strengths in administrative, constitutional, and IP law matters. It maintains a remarkably active Native American law practice, which is a specialist area of expertise for Pratik Shah (‘an extraordinarily talented oral advocate’). Shah draws on a wealth of experience gained in his previous position as former Assistant to the Solicitor General; he took over sole leadership of the practice following the departure of Los Angeles-based Rex Heinke to California Appellate Law Group at the end of 2020. Julius Chen is known for his successful brief drafting track record spanning over 100 filed briefs. Clients praise James Tysse for his ‘superb appellate work’, which often involves employment and administrative law issues.

Practice head(s):

Pratik Shah

Other key lawyers:

James Tysse; Julius Chen; Lide Paterno


‘I have worked with Akin Gump’s appellate and US Supreme Court practice teams on a pro bono case that has gone on for 14 years and been before the Circuit Court three teams and the Supreme Court once, on a cert petition. At each stage, their work has been excellent and they have invested extensive resources into the work. Their skills are superb as are their dedication and commitment to the case.’

‘James Tysee and counsel Lide Paterno provided superb appellate work to our case. They guided our approach to the appeal, invested countless hours in learning the record, composed an excellent briefs, and handled the oral argument extremely well.’

‘Very strong in Native American law in particular; good experience in securities, class actions, IP.’

‘Pratik Shah is an extraordinarily talented oral advocate. He is also an excellent leader of the practice. He has fostered good junior talent, even if some of their promising young lawyers have left for government service.’

‘The group is bicoastal, with top partners on both coasts. It can handle appeals on a wide variety of issues, but has particular expertise in administrative law and Indian law.’

‘Pratik Shah is a top-notch appellate advocate. His briefs are clear and cogent. His oral arguments are, without fail, fluid and intelligent.’

Key clients

Starbucks Corporation

Google, Inc.


Gila River Indian Community



FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.

America’s Health Insurance Plans

The Beer Institute

Apollo Management

Ernst & Young LLP

Chamber of Commerce of the United States

Sorenson Holdings / CaptionCall, LLC

Seneca Nation


Penobscot Nation


NFL / NFL Management Council

Allstate Insurance Company

Rand Construction

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has a strong focus on the financial services industry, representing banks, broker-dealers, private investment funds and individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings. Particular areas of focus include FCPA investigations, anti-money laundering, spoofing, and cryptocurrency-related matters. The team is led by James Benjamin, Michael Asaro and Washington DC’s Charles Connolly. Katherine Goldstein joined from Milbank in July 2020, adding to the team’s strength and experience in securities and commodities fraud. Named attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Charles Connolly; Michael Asaro; James Benjamin

Other key lawyers:

Claudius Modesti; Paul Butler; Karen Christian; Katherine Goldstein

Key clients

Eastman Kodak Company

USANA Health Sciences

Tower Research Capital

Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the D.C. Bar

Mammoth Energy Services

Chris Jordan

Christophe Rivoire

Arthur Hayes

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism

The cross-practice group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is led out of New York and houses specialists in M&A transactions, capital markets, general corporate governance, and litigation, among other areas. The team has a wealth of experience in assisting high-profile investment funds as well as large companies with a wide range of matters, such as takeover preparedness, campaigns, and activism-related litigation and investigations. Key team members include corporate group chair Jeff Kochian and litigator Doug Rappaport.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Kochian

Other key lawyers:

Doug Rappaport; Kerry Berchem; Gerald Brant

Key clients

Alden Global

Avie Glazer

Corvex Management

D.E. Shaw & Co.

Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd.

NexPoint Advisors, L.P.

Prescience Investment Group

Remus Capital

Verso Corporation

Viex Capital Advisors, LLC

Firm overview: Akin Gump is a global law firm with more than 900 lawyers and advisors who pride themselves on dedication to their clients and their communities. With 20 offices worldwide, the firm is renowned for numerous market-leading practices; its strengths in complex transactions and restructurings, high-stakes litigation, and public policy and regulatory matters; and its unyielding pro bono commitment. The firm partners with clients from both established industries and cutting-edge markets to deliver creative solutions to business-critical issues, helping them seize opportunities and anticipate challenges. Driven by its forward-thinking leadership, the firm has built a strong culture of innovation and collaboration as well as a talented and diverse workforce committed to the success of its clients and each other. The firm is intentional about fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees are supported and given the tools to succeed. It is focused on recruiting and nurturing the next generation of exceptional legal talent and is proud that its recruitment and professional development efforts are recognized as among the best in the industry.

Main areas of practice

Akin Gump advises investment funds, public and private companies and their boards, management and entrepreneurs on their transactional and ongoing business needs. It advises on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other finance transactions, and special situations and distressed transactions.

Akin Gump is deeply rooted in all aspects of the energy industry in the United States and worldwide, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, liquefied natural gas, coal, utilities and renewables. The firm’s lawyers represent public and private companies, sponsors and portfolio companies, management teams and investors throughout the energy value chain in transactions, including M&A, securities, capital markets, finance, investments, restructuring, and project finance, development and operations.

Financial Restructuring:
The practice is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading restructuring groups with unparalleled bench depth and experience. With over 100 lawyers worldwide, attorneys have a long track record of advising official and informal creditors’ committees, companies and institutional investors in formal and out-of-court restructurings, in financing and strategic transactions, and on distressed and special situations. It has played leading roles in some of the most complex and groundbreaking matters in this space including Travelport, Frontier, PG&E, Chesapeake, Intelsat, Purdue, Sears, FirstEnergy Solutions, Hexion, Weatherford, Nine West, Payless, Foresight Energy, Constellis, iHeart and Avaya.

Intellectual Property:
Akin Gump’s renowned IP trial team is sought out by Fortune 500 companies and multinational corporations for its achievements in litigating complex patent disputes in federal courts around the country and before the ITC and PTAB. It handles all aspects of IP litigation and counsels clients in transactional matters involving the licensing or transfer of IP rights and on the management of global IP portfolios.

Investment Management:
For over 40 years, the global investment management practice has been a recognized leader in the representation of large institutional and entrepreneurial fund sponsors and managers in the formation of hedge, private equity and hybrid funds. The practice also serves as lead counsel to some of the world’s premier investors and has helped them access opportunities in markets around the world. In virtually every jurisdiction, including such fast growing markets as China, India and the Middle East, the practice encompasses all aspects of fund formation and ongoing operations, from fund structuring, fund management, investor relations to portfolio company representation.

Labor & Employment:
The firm represents and advises employers regarding all aspects of employment law including handling complex wage-and-hour class actions and EEO litigation; high-stakes investigations and counseling matters; litigation related to contract disputes and restrictive covenants; and traditional labor matters such as collective bargaining, union corporate campaigns and grievance arbitrations. Lawyers advise on the labor aspects of major corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and bankruptcies and represent companies in OSHA matters.

With more than 250 lawyers, the litigation group includes attorneys who have clerked at every level of the federal and state court systems; veterans of the Solicitor General’s office and former Supreme Court clerks; former prosecutors; and former officials at the SEC, FTC, DOJ, PCAOB and many other federal agencies. Litigators are accustomed to handling matters of exceptional complexity, such as nationwide class actions, parallel civil and administrative proceedings, and nationwide and multi-district litigation.

Public Law & Policy:
Akin Gump has one of the world’s most sophisticated and diverse US and international government relations practices, representing corporations, individuals, nonprofits, foreign governments, coalitions and trade associations. The bipartisan practice comprises more than 70 lawyers and other professionals, including former members of Congress, high-ranking staffers and other former government officials who represent clients on legislative and policy matters.

Akin Gump offers a suite of services to help clients address technical and often complex regulatory schemes across a broad span of compliance obligations based on industry, products and distribution, among others. Disciplines include antitrust/competition; communications and information technology; cybersecurity, privacy and data protection; energy; environment and natural resources; food and drug law; financial services; government contracts; health care and life sciences; international trade; and transportation. Work encompasses compliance counseling, investigations, enforcement, classification and licensing, transactional due diligence, and foreign investment, among other activities.

The global tax practice offers multidisciplinary services, including guidance to US and international investors regarding the merit of tax issues facing entities doing business or making investments overseas; tax advantaged structuring during hedge and private equity fund formation; as well as counsel on M&A, international corporate restructuring, ERISA, bankruptcy reorganizations, capital markets, regulatory matters, project financings, tax controversies and private client services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Jeffrey Kochian
Corporate John Goodgame
Corporate Sebastian Rice
Financial Restructuring Philip C Dublin
Financial Restructuring Liz Osborne
Intellectual Property Steven D Maslowski
Investment Management Stephen M Vine
Investment Management Prakash H Mehta
Labor & Employment Robert G Lian Jr
Litigation Steven M Baldini
Public Law and Policy G Hunter Bates
Public Law and Policy Brian Arthur Pomper
Regulatory Hal S Shapiro
Tax Patrick B Fenn
Tax Stuart E Leblang
Photo Name Position Profile
 Michael Asaro  photo Michael Asaro Michael A. Asaro is co-head of Akin Gump’s white collar defense and…
 Stephen M. Baldini  photo Stephen M. Baldini Stephen Baldini is the global head of Akin Gump’s litigation practice with…
 Lisa G Beckerman  photo Lisa G Beckerman Lisa Beckerman is a Partner in the Financial Restructuring Group, focusing on…
 James J Benjamin, Jr  photo James J Benjamin, Jr Leader of Akin Gump’s white collar defense and global investigations practice group. …
 Kerry E Berchem  photo Kerry E Berchem Kerry Berchem, with more than three decades of M&A, securities and governance…
 David H Botter  photo David H Botter Focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate restructurings, with an emphasis on creditors’…
 Ira Dizengoff photo Ira Dizengoff Ira Dizengoff represents bondholders, noteholders, institutional investors, hedge funds and other interested…
 Philip Dublin  photo Philip Dublin Represents debtors, official and unofficial committees of creditors, secured creditors, investors, DIP…
 Patrick B Fenn  photo Patrick B Fenn Patrick Fenn focuses on the tax aspects of a variety of domestic…
 Daniel I. Fisher  photo Daniel I. Fisher Dan Fisher, the leader of Akin Gump’s integrated special situations group, practices…
 Katherine R. Goldstein  photo Katherine R. Goldstein Katie represents banks, private investment funds, corporations and their senior executives in…
 Mitchell Hurley photo Mitchell Hurley Mitch Hurley is a trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience…
 Jeffrey L Kochian  photo Jeffrey L Kochian Jeffrey L. Kochian leads Akin Gump’s corporate practice. He primarily focuses on…
 Meredith A. Lahaie  photo Meredith A. Lahaie Meredith Lahaie advises on complex restructuring cases of all sizes, both in…
 Stuart E Leblang  photo Stuart E Leblang Stuart Leblang is co-head of the firm’s tax practice. His practice includes…
 Arina Lekhel  photo Arina Lekhel Arina Lekhel’s practice focuses on the formation of private investment funds and…
 Prakash Mehta  photo Prakash Mehta Prakash Mehta advises some of the world’s most prominent fund sponsors, sovereign…
 Parvin Moyne  photo Parvin Moyne Parvin Moyne represents individuals and corporations in government investigations, white collar criminal…
 Barbara Niederkofler  photo Barbara Niederkofler Barbara Niederkofler represents some of the most prominent private equity and hedge…
 Robert H. Pees  photo Robert H. Pees Bob Pees’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration…
 Dennis P. Pereira  photo Dennis P. Pereira Dennis Pereira’s practice focuses on the domestic and international fund industry. He…
 Arik Preis  photo Arik Preis Represents informal and official committees of creditors, ad hoc groups, debtors, individual…
 Abid Qureshi  photo Abid Qureshi Abid Qureshi is a partner in the financial restructuring group, and the…
 Richard J. Rabin  photo Richard J. Rabin The head of Akin Gump’s New York labor and employment practice, Rich…
 Douglas A. Rappaport  photo Douglas A. Rappaport Partner; Complex Commercial Litigation To learn more about Mr. Rappaport, please visit…
 Jonathan A. Ross  photo Jonathan A. Ross Jonathan Ross advises new and existing credit fund real estate, and hedge…
 Jason Rubin  photo Jason Rubin Jason Rubin assists clients in corporate restructurings and creditors’ rights. He represents…
 Joseph Sorkin photo Joseph Sorkin Partner; Litigation To learn more about Mr. Sorkin, please visit his profile…
 Michael S Stamer  photo Michael S Stamer Michael Stamer represents official and unofficial committees of unsecured creditors, secured lender…
 Ann E. Tadajweski  photo Ann E. Tadajweski Ann Tadajweski advises established and emerging investment managers on the structuring, launch…
 Rosa A. Testani  photo Rosa A. Testani Rosa Testani advises private equity funds, portfolio companies and other corporations in…
 Stephen Vine  photo Stephen Vine For the past 40 years, Steve Vine has advised some of the…
 Zachary N. Wittenberg  photo Zachary N. Wittenberg Zach Wittenberg represents public and private companies, debtors, funds and ad hoc…
Number of lawyers and advisors : 900+