Highly regarded litigator Michele A. Roberts has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in Washington, the firm has announced. Ms. Roberts will focus on complex civil and criminal litigation.
Donald B. Craven, head of Akin Gump's Washington litigation practice, said: "Michele is an extraordinary talent with an enviable record of success. Well-known and uniformly respected by her peers and by judges alike, she will greatly enhance our ability to serve clients facing high-stakes jury trials."
Before entering private practice, Ms. Roberts spent eight years in the office of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, where she was trial counsel in more than 40 jury trials and ultimately was named chief of the office's trial division.
Ms. Roberts is a frequent lecturer and presenter to both the bench and bar on a variety of topics related to litigation and trial practice. She is a member of the adjunct faculty at Harvard Law School and previously served on the adjunct faculty at the George Washington University School of Law and as an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
An April 2002 survey in Washingtonian magazine ranked Ms. Roberts first among Washington's top 75 lawyers, calling her "the finest pure trial lawyer in Washington - magic with juries, loved by judges, feared by opposing counsel."