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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
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Washington, DC 20006-1037
United States
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Partner; Public Law & Policy


Hunter Bates is a co-leader of Akin Gump’s top-rated public law and policy practice, representing clients across myriad issues, including tax, health, transportation, technology and sports law. He combines his knowledge of policy, process and key players to provide strategic advice to, and advocacy on behalf of, a wide range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and nonprofit organizations. Hunter served as legal counsel and then chief of staff for the current U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and has been consistently ranked as a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper. He earned his law degree from Harvard University and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Free Speech.

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Chief of staff to current Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, 2000 to 2002.

Chief counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, 1999-2000

Legal counsel, Office of Sen. Mitch McConnell, 1997-1999

Campaign Manager, McConnell Senate Committee, 2002.

Judicial Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


District of Columbia Bar Association; Kentucky Bar Association

Member, board of directors, Institute for Free Speech.


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1994

B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, magna cum laude, 1989

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Government > Government relations

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Hunter BatesAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

A leader in the lobbying and public policy spaces, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP maintains one of the country’s largest and diverse bipartisan practices in the market. The Washington DC-based team fields expertise from both lawyers and advisers who have both experience in elected offices, as senior staff members of Congress, and in the executive branch of the government. The public law and policy practice at the firm also maintains close relationships with regulators and lawmakers, offering clients a full wrap-around service encompassing legal support, strategy, and lobbying. Tax, trade, health, and financial services are a key areas of expertise for the team, as well as Native American law, energy, and environment. The practice is co-led by intellectual property and and international trade dispute expert Brian Pomper; and transport, tax, and technology specialist Hunter Bates. The team has seen continued growth during 2021, adding international trade, and health and food policy expertise to the already deep bench of individuals. The firm was active in assisting clients in the healthcare sector during and post COVID-19 pandemic, and a destination for companies navigating US/China international trade matters. Arshi Siddiqui has extensive political, private-sector, and policy experience, acting as counsel for both members of the House, and corporate clients before Congress. Ed Pagano is notable for their communications, technology, antitrust, and immigration reform expertise.