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Directory Year: 2023

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Los Angeles, California

Hours & Work Arrangements

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Is there a minimum billable hour expectation? No
If yes, what is the minimum?
Is billable hour credit given for pro bono work? Yes
Is there a maximum that will be credited? No
If yes, what is the maximum?
For bonus consideration, is a pro bono hour equivalent to a required hour? Yes
Hours policy details

Recent hours history

Average annual associate hours worked in 2021
Average annual associate hours worked in 2022
Average annual associate billable hours worked in 2021
Average annual associate billable hours worked in 2022

Part-time options

Is part-time allowed? Yes
Is part-time available to entry-level? Case-by-case
Is there a minimum percentage of full-time hours that a part-time attorney must work? Yes

In order to fulfill the requirements of a part-time schedule, attorneys must work a minimum of 24 hours per week (60% of a full-time schedule).

Are attorneys who work part-time and exceed their agreed upon part-time hours compensated in some manner for the additional hours? Yes
Are attorneys who work part-time given bonus consideration? Yes

Non-partner attorneys of the firm are eligible for bonus consideration. Bonuses are discretionary and merit based, with primary consideration given to factors including work quality, demonstration of progress through the core competencies, productivity, contribution the practice group, business development, firm citizenship and pro bono efforts.

Number of part-time lawyers

Number of male part-time associates 0
Number of female part-time associates 0
Number of male part-time partners/members 0
Number of female part-time partners/members 0
Number of male part-time other lawyers 0
Number of female part-time other lawyers 1

Part-time policies

Do you have a written part-time policy for associates? Yes
Do you have a written part-time policy for partners? Yes
Eligibility for alternative work schedules determined by

The firm's Reduced Workload Committee and the attorney's practice group.

Part-time advancement

What is the impact of working part-time as an associate, if any, on an associate's progression toward partner?

Seeking a reduced work schedule does not negatively impact an attorney's promotion to counsel or the partnership, however a longer tenure may be required to meet the criteria for promotion.

Can an associate be promoted to partner while working on a part-time schedule? Yes
In the past five years, have attorneys made partner who have worked or are currently working alternative schedules with your organization? Yes

The firm’s Reduced Workload Policy, which allows lawyers to work significantly reduced schedules and remain on partnership track, reflects the firm’s commitment to providing a workplace that enables lawyers to fulfill parenting and family care responsibilities or to pursue activities designed to enhance professional development or stature in the legal community, while continuing to work as a productive and valued Akin lawyer. Further, the firm’s policy specifically provides that lawyers working a reduced work schedule remain eligible for counsel and partnership promotion, and we have a significant track record of promotions of women lawyers who have availed themselves of the policy.

Can a partner work on a part-time schedule? Yes

Other alternative work options

Please describe any other alternative work arrangements:

In 2017, the firm launched an Agile Work Policy for lawyers. Agile work arrangements allow lawyers to work remotely on a regular basis either on a set schedule or based on a set amount of days per week. The firm provides technology and select home office equipment that enables associates and counsel to have very similar home office and work office set ups.

Does your organization have a written alternative work option policy (e.g., flex-time, remote, etc.)? Yes
Does your organization have an alternative track adviser? No
Are attorneys who work alternative schedules given bonus consideration? Yes

Non-traditional Track Attorney Info

Does your organization have attorneys on a non-traditional track? Yes
Non-traditional track attorneys - comments
Is there a separate point of contact at your organization for this type of position? No
If yes, please provide contact information
What title(s) does your organization use for non-traditional track attorneys? (check all that apply) Other
Do you hire entry-level attorneys for non-traditional track positions? Yes
In which practice areas do you hire non-traditional track attorneys?

Non-traditional track positions are not limited to designated practice areas.

What is the minimum billable hour requirement for non-traditional track attorneys?

There is no set minimum billable hour requirement.

Please include any additional information about non-traditional track positions (including mentoring, evaluations, billable hours, training, benefits, opportunities for pro bono work, etc.)