Akin Gump Ranks Among Top 10 Legal Advisors For Global M&A Energy Transactions

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 01:00

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has earned a #8 ranking on Bloomberg's Global Legal Advisory M&A Ranking 2009 Q3. The firm advised clients on 17 announced global energy M&A transactions - valued at $15.3 billion - in the first nine months of 2009, capturing 11.4 percent of announced deals.

Steven H. Schulman, leader of the pro bono practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, has received the Pro Bono Leader Award from Appleseed.The award was presented at the organization's Raising the Pro Bono Bar event, held on October 8 in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Schulman joined Akin Gump in 2006 as the firm's first full-time pro bono partner.Since his arrival, participation in the pro bono practice has increased substantially in every office, with Akin Gump lawyers now devoting, on average, more than 85 hours annually to pro bono client matters.Under Mr. Schulman's leadership, the firm has also built strong relationships with local and national legal services organizations, and has developed significant experience in several areas of pro bono practice, including representing charter schools, working with refugees and victims of human rights abuses, and providing legal counsel to military personnel and their families.

Washingtonian magazine has named Michele A. Roberts, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, as one of Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women. Washingtonian has consistently included Ms. Roberts in its rankings of Washington's top lawyers, calling her "the finest pure trial lawyer in Washington - magic with juries, loved by judges, feared by opposing counsel."

Ms. Roberts focuses on criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings.She represents defendants charged with racketeering, fraud and violation of securities regulations.