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Partner; Public Law & Policy


Hunter Bates is the co-leader of Akin Gump’s renowned public law and policy practice, Washington’s largest lobbying practice. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Hunter served as legal counsel and chief of staff to current Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. In this role, he worked with members of the Senate and House on a wide range of issues, including appropriations, agriculture, health care, tax and civil justice reform. During his time as chief counsel of the Senate Rules Committee, Hunter also advised Sen. McConnell on ethics and campaign finance issues. Hunter combines his knowledge of policy, process and key players to provide strategic advice to, and advocacy on behalf of, a large span of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and nonprofit organizations, helping them navigate the complex legislative and policy issues they face. 

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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

United States: Government

Government relations

Within: Leading lawyers

Hunter Bates - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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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