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Employer Blog: Akin Gump - Erica Holland L’15

July 24, 2019


My name is Erica Holland and I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. I am a litigation associate in the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. As you start to prepare for On Campus Interviewing, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, share some information about our firm, and encourage you to interview with us on July 30, 2019, or apply to us directly using the firm’s website.

I was a Summer Associate in the Washington, D.C. office in 2014 and I quickly learned that Akin Gump is a great place to work, with a true sense of community among its attorneys and staff. Last year I transferred to our New York office and found the same sense of community. Our New York office has over 200 attorneys working on sophisticated and challenging matters in Corporate, Financial Restructuring, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Investment Management/Private Equity, Labor & Employment, ERISA, Tax, and Trust & Estates. We are a diverse group of welcoming, young, and energetic attorneys who enjoy working with and supporting one another. On a firmwide basis, we have over 900 attorneys working in 20 offices worldwide in a variety of practice areas for clients both within the United States and around the globe. Although the firm has grown substantially over the years, it has successfully maintained a collaborative and creative culture that I believe makes us truly stand out. We take great pride in our firm and our work product and realize it is a team effort to provide our clients with quality service.

Our 2019 summer program is in full swing and I have really enjoyed my time working with several of the Summer Associates on litigation projects and getting to know others through lunches, trainings, and various events. We have three Assigning Partners committed to matching each Summer Associate with assignments and projects in areas in which they have expressed interest. In addition, we provide each of our Summer Associates with a rich and varied work experience so that by summer’s end, each is able to make an informed decision regarding which practice area best suits his/her individual needs and talents. Whenever possible, we arrange for our Summer Associates to attend client meetings, sit in on conference calls, and attend court appearances. We
also have a firmwide Summer Associate pro bono program which many participate in, working closely with a team of attorneys and members of their summer class.

I know you will meet with many firms during the interview season and that the process might be overwhelming. I encourage you to continue to learn more about our firm and each of the Akin Gump offices. Set forth below is a list of Penn alumni – please feel free to contact any of us for additional information or visit our website at

Have a great summer and I hope to see you all on July 30th!


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