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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; Litigation


Head of Akin Gump’s Supreme Court and appellate practice. Pratik has argued 15 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court (winning all but three), and over 50 cases in the federal courts of appeals (including in every circuit).

Under Pratik’s leadership, Akin Gump has been a mainstay on NLJ’s Appellate Hot List, named one of the top three appellate practices in the Best of Corporate Counsel rankings, and recognized as Law360’s Practice Group of the Year.

Previously, Pratik served for more than five years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the DOJ. He received a number of awards for his advocacy before the Supreme Court during that time, including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his role as lead drafter of the successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor.

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Assistant to the Solicitor General (received Attorney General’s “Distinguished Service Award” for Windsor v. US; IRS’s National Chief Counsel award for Supreme Court advocacy; ENRD’s “Special Commendation”); Clerk to Justice Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court and Judge William Fletcher, 9th Circuit.


Advisory Committee on Procedures, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, American Bar Association; Trustee, Supreme Court Historical Society; National Advisory Council, South Asian Bar Association of North America; Master, Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court.


J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
B.S.E., Princeton University, summa cum laude

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United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s group consistently appears before the US Supreme Court as well as state and federal courts of appeal. At the Supreme Court level, the firm is recognized for its presence in human rights-related matters, demonstrated by its recent involvement in cases dealing with immigrant communities, Native Americans and LBGTQ+ rights. The group is additionally well known for its strength in IP, health, labor and restructuring-related issues. Pratik Shah has argued 15 cases before the Supreme Court and is noted for his specialist expertise in IP, regulatory and Native American law matters. James E. Tysse is also a senior name; in a high-profile win in the Eleventh Circuit, he acted alongside co-counsel at Harvard Law School and the Center for Constitutional Rights to successfully represent the families of eight members of the Indigenous community in Bolivia who were among unarmed civilians massacred by military forces in 2003. Julius Chen is noted for his focus on administrative and constitutional law, financial restructuring, IP and Native American tribes. The group was bolstered in 2021 with the arrival of San Francisco-based senior counsel Aileen McGrath, who joined from the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where she served as co-chief of appellate litigation. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.