Akin Gump Elects Kim Koopersmith To Serve As Firm Chair

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 15:37

October 16, 2012 - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced that the firm’s partnership has elected Kim Koopersmith to serve as chairperson of the firm, effective April 1, 2013. Upon assuming the role, Ms. Koopersmith will become the first woman at Akin Gump - and one of very few women at a major, global law firm - to hold the position of firm chairperson.

Ms. Koopersmith succeeds Bruce McLean, who will step down from the role following a 20-year tenure, remaining with the firm as senior executive partner.

In addition to her extensive experience as a litigation partner, Ms. Koopersmith brings to the position years as a mentor and leader who has pioneered initiatives that have enhanced diversity, attracted and retained top-drawer talent and helped Akin Gump deliver exceptional service to our clients.

Kim presently serves as the firm’s U.S. managing partner. In September of 2012, she was selected by Law360 as one of its “Innovative Managing Partners.” In 2011 she was a recipient of InsideCounsel magazine’s Thomas A. Mars Pathmaker Award, presented annually to a law firm leader whose “courage, unyielding vision, integrity, conviction and authenticity has carved a groundbreaking path and laid a new foundation to accelerate the economic empowerment of attorneys of color or women.” 

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October 11, 2012 – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced that a seven-partner team will be joining the firm’s Dallas office. Soon to join the firm’s corporate practice are Tom Yang, Garrett DeVries and Matt Zmigrosky, who will continue their focus on strategic mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities, including private equity transactions. Soon to join the firm’s litigation practice are Marty Brimmage Jr., Mike Warnecke, Arnold Spencer and Sarah Teachout, who will continue their focus on white collar, government investigations, antitrust, false claims matters, bankruptcy litigation and commercial litigation. 

Marty L. Brimmage Jr. has a diverse commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation and trial practice. Licensed in both Texas and New York, Mr. Brimmage has tried cases in both federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings all over Texas and throughout the country. Mr. Brimmage has experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex business litigation matters and debtors, secured lenders, creditor committees and equity holders in a wide range of bankruptcy-related matters.

Garrett A. DeVries focuses his practice on capital markets, securities and M&A and has completed transactions and represented clients in a broad range of matters and industries. Mr. DeVries serves as lead corporate securities counsel for a number of public companies and has an extensive track record handling capital raising and strategic M&A matters and has been a frequent author on corporate topics.

Arnold Spencer concentrates his practice on defending white collar grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions and has successfully defended several companies and executives accused of fraud and financial mismanagement. Mr. Spencer is a former assistant United States attorney, and he has appeared before every district court judge in the Eastern District of Texas. Mr. Spencer received the John Marshall Award for his work with the Environmental Crimes Section.

Sarah Teachout focuses her practice on the defense of corporations and executives in complex civil and criminal cases, internal corporate investigations and government investigations. Ms. Teachout has extensive experience defending companies in False Claims Act cases brought by qui tam relators or the Department of Justice. She has successfully litigated FCA cases in district and appellate courts, and she has also served as an adjunct professor of environmental law at Texas Christian University.

A. Michael Warnecke is an experienced litigator who represents clients in a broad range of internal investigations, criminal matters, civil litigation and similar “bet the company” matters. Mr. Warnecke maintains a particular focus in representing clients, both national and global, in matters related to government investigations and prosecutions. Mr. Warnecke is an active member of The Sedona Conference.

Thomas H. Yang represents clients in matters related to strategic mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and securities, including a particular focus in private equity M&A. Mr. Yang is the recipient of a number of regional and industry recognitions, including his selections, both in 2011, as one of six top M&A dealmakers by Dallas Business Journal and by D Magazine as one of the best corporate lawyers in Dallas. Mr. Yang is a former president of the Dallas Asian-American Bar Association.

P. Matt Zmigrosky has significant experience representing companies and private equity firms on transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, venture capital/private equity investments, distressed M&A transactions, reorganizations and other strategic transactions in a broad range of industries. Mr. Zmigrosky is a member of the working group that compiles the widely recognized "Deal Points Study."