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Ed Pagano

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Work Department

Partner; Public Law & Policy

Position

Ed Pagano joined Akin Gump after serving in the Obama administration as Senate Liaison and Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In this role, Ed was responsible for managing the Senate Legislative Affairs Office and charged with advancing the president’s legislative agenda and promoting his priorities on Capitol Hill. Before joining the White House in 2012, Ed worked for nearly two decades with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), both for the senator’s personal office and the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Leahy. This included serving as Sen. Leahy’s chief of staff, managing the senator’s offices in Washington and Vermont and overseeing the senator’s work on the Judiciary, Agriculture and Appropriations committees. During that time, he advised Sen. Leahy on legislation—such as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the first major reform of the patent system in 60 years—and Supreme Court hearings and confirmations, including those of Justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan. Prior to becoming Sen. Leahy’s chief of staff, Ed served as his senior counsel on the Judiciary Committee, focusing on economic and criminal justice legislation, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the USA PATRIOT Act and the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, as well as antitrust issues and data breach legislation.

To learn more about Mr. Pagano, please visit his full profile: https://www.akingump.com/en/lawyers-advisors/ed-pagano.html

Career

Senate Liaison and Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, White House, 2012 to 2014

Chief of Staff, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), 2005 to 2011

Senior Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee, 1997 to 2011

Legislative Counsel, Sen Patrick Leahy (D-VT), 1993 to 1996.

Member

District of Columbia Bar Association; Maryland Bar Association

Education

J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1990

B.S., University of Vermont, 1985


United States: Government

Government relations

Within: Government relations

Comprising lawyers and consultants, including former members of Congress with experience in federal government, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's public law and policy team has an excellent reputation and is praised for its ‘personalized service’ in areas such as trade, healthcare, environment, tax and Native American law. Hunter Bates and Brian Pomper jointly lead the practice. Joel Jankowsky, who is the founder of the firm’s government relations practice, has expertise in matters pertaining to technology, entertainment and telecoms. In one highlight matter, Jankowsky is leading a team representing a coalition of 18 companies from various industry sectors to effect changes in legislation and regulations to reduce vexatious patent litigation and to strengthen and improve proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office. Health policy expert John Jonas helped Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Incorporated to obtain approval from the FDA for a revolutionary new treatment option for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Brendan Dunn, former policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Zachary Rudisill, former tax counsel to Senator Rob Portman, both joined in May 2018. Dunn brings with him knowledge in the areas of tax, financial services, banking, trade, pension, judiciary matters and healthcare, while Rudisill focuses on domestic and international tax and trade policy. Also recommended are tax specialist Jeffrey McMillen, Ed Pagano and Arshi Siddiqui, who ‘goes above and beyond’. Former US Senator Joe Donnelly joined the firm in April 2019. Michael Rossetti left the firm in August 2018 and is now with Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.

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