Akin Gump Named To "Appellate Hot List" For Fourth Consecutive Year

Monday, May 2, 2011 - 01:00

For the fourth year in a row, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has been named to The National Law Journal's "Appellate Hot List."

In selecting firms for inclusion on the Appellate Hot List, the NLJ sought out firms that demonstrated "exemplary, cutting-edge appellate advocacy" and made "singular contributions to appellate practice during the past year."

The NLJ noted several defining victories by Akin Gump's nationally renowned appellate practice during 2010, including U.S. v. Stevens, SEC v. Rajaratnam and United Technologies Corp. v. U.S. Department of Defense, in addition to other significant victories involving the insurance industry and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Akin Gump's 21-lawyer appellate practice is nationally recognized for its exceptionally experienced and respected lawyers, including three attorneys named as fellows of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a former federal appellate court judge, a former state appellate court judge and a former long-term assistant to the solicitor general. The practice includes lawyers who have argued hundreds of appeals and writs and who have years logged as clerks at almost every level of the judicial system, including the U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme courts, federal appellate circuit courts, federal district courts and bankruptcy courts, as well as the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has advised global telecoms operator VimpelCom Ltd. on its combination with WIND TELECOM S.p.A. (Wind Telecom), creating the world's sixth largest mobile telecommunications carrier by subscribers. The deal was approved by shareholders on March 17, 2011 and closed on April 15, 2011.

Akin Gump's London-based team advising VimpelCom was led by partner Dan Walsh. In addition to Mr. Walsh, the Akin Gump team advising VimpelCom includes partners Fred Heller, Pat Dooley and Sebastian Rice and counsel Harry Keegan, Lisa Hearn and Alexander Lemke, John Strickland and associate Katie Spencer.