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Akin Gump attorneys in a meeting with local taxi drivers as part of the firm's pro bono work. (Jeffrey MacMillan/Capital Business)

Law and Lobby

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld

Although the firm was founded in Dallas, Akin Gump's largest office is in Washington, where it has built itself into a formidable law and lobbying force, with 260 attorneys. The firm's lobbying group is one of the most lucrative in town, and its clients include AT&T, Chevron, Dow Chemical and American Express. This year, the firm beefed up its public policy group by bringing in former Texas congressman Tom Loeffler.

Trivia

In 1981, Akin Gump co-founder Robert S. Strauss received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S.

1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW

Washington D.C., 20036

202-887-4000

www.akingump.com

Founded: 1945

Chairman: R. Bruce McLean, Managing partner: Kim Koopersmith

Employees (local): 1,719 (565)

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