Partner and Chairperson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP


Kim Koopersmith was the first female chairperson of Akin Gump, where she plays an active role in the firm’s diversity efforts. She oversaw the Women’s Professional Development Initiative and diversity pipeline programs and was recently named one of Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching. Kim also received the Pathmaker Award from Inside Counsel magazine and serves on the boards of Equal Justice Works and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, among others.

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Kim created a Leader's Pledge detailing her personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Kim's pledge here

Akin Gump has a strong commitment to diversity. With early support of domestic partner benefits, community partnerships, and diversity committees, this global firm makes an effort to constantly expand its perspectives. In addition to the Women’s Professional Development Initiative, Akin Gump’s Strauss Scholarship provides opportunities for diverse lawyers. 

Akin Gump was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2021. 

Joined LCLD 2009 

Highlights of LCLD Participation

LCLD Board of Directors 
Member, 2017-2020

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2013)
Fellows nominated:
2022: Jaelyn Judelson; 2021: Meng Ru; 2020: Ruben Munoz; 2019: Nnedinma Ifudu Nweke; 2018: Jaisohn J. Im, 2015: Allison Binney; 2013: Estela Diaz 

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2022: Kevin Tsai, Erica Holland; 2021: Roxanne Tizravesh, Amanda Butler-Jones; 2020: Gechi Tesic, Melissa Whitaker; 2019: Eduardo Canales, Tiffanye Threadcraft; 2018: Kendrea Tannis, Dallas Woodrum 

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 

Annual Meeting (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018)
Leadership Summit (2019, 2017, 2016)


Member: Kim Koopersmith

Diversity Professionals: Heather Reid