Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, noting it has seen phenomenal vaccination rates, is asking lawyers to return to offices for “a majority” of their time—at least three days each week—starting in September. But certain firm workers will need to return full time as the firm examines office flexibility for professional staff in the long run.
Akin Gump laid out its Sept. 13 office return plans in a firmwide memo this month to lawyers and staff. Akin Gump has been working with an epidemiologist—Stephen Ostroff, a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention preventative medicine doctor and acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner in 2015—who chairwoman Kim Koopersmith said will continue to guide the firm. (Ostroff also consulted with Hogan Lovells during the pandemic.)