Former Senator Kay Hagan Joins Akin Gump

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 17:25

(Washington, D.C.) – Kay R. Hagan, who most recently served as a U.S. senator from North Carolina, has joined Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice in Washington as a senior policy consultant.

Sen. Hagan has 16 years’ experience holding elected office, including serving in the U.S. Senate from 2009-2014 and in the North Carolina Senate from 1999-2008. During her term as U.S. senator, she served on four Senate committees: Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Armed Services; and Small Business & Entrepreneurship.  She was also chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.

In addition to her extensive career in public service, Sen. Hagan also has substantial experience in the financial services industry, including as vice president in the Trust and Estates and Private Banking divisions at North Carolina’s largest bank, North Carolina National Bank, which is now part of Bank of America.

“We are very pleased to welcome to our team someone with such a rich history in both the public and private sector,” said Donald R. Pongrace, head of Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice. “Her firsthand experience with many crucial, timely policy issues will make her a tremendous asset, both within the firm and for our clients.”

At Akin Gump, Sen. Hagan will advise firm clients across a broad spectrum of policy issues, with particular focus on the health and financial services sectors.

Stated Sen. Hagan, “Akin Gump is not only home to Washington’s preeminent public law and policy group, but also boasts top-tier teams in industries that are of great importance to me, including health care, banking and more. Coming here feels like a very natural fit, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with such an established and well-regarded team.”

About Senator Kay Hagan

After serving 10 years in the North Carolina Senate, Sen. Hagan was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008, where she championed legislation to aid businesses, improve health care and education and ensure support for active duty servicemembers, veterans and their families.  She also was chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s Women’s Senate Network during the 2012 election cycle.

In addition to serving in elected office, Sen. Hagan worked as a county campaign manager for North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt's gubernatorial campaigns in 1992 and 1996.

In 2015, Sen. Hagan served as a resident Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics. She received her J.D. from Wake Forest University and her B.A. from Florida State University and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Florida.

About Akin Gump’s Public Law and Policy Practice

Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice has long understood that solutions to many issues facing clients involve the very processes by which legislation and policy are conceived, developed and implemented by governments in the United States and around the world. For this reason, Akin Gump has built and maintained one of the largest and most diverse government relations practices of any major law firm worldwide. Our practice stresses careful evaluation of client issues and detailed design of strategies and tactics to achieve objectives and provide advocacy that is executed in an effective, timely and coordinated manner.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.