Former Health/Human Services Secretary Joins Akin Gump As A Partner

Friday, April 1, 2005 - 01:00

Former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner and will become the independent chair of the Deloitte Center for Health Care Management and Transformation, the two firms have announced.

As a partner at Akin Gump and as a senior advisor and independent chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Care Management and Transformation, Secretary Thompson will focus on developing solutions for clients in the health care industry, as well as for companies doing business in the public sector.

In 1966, Secretary Thompson won a seat in Wisconsin's state Assembly. Elected governor of Wisconsin in 1986, he was reelected in 1990, and in 1994 became the first governor in the state's history to be elected to a third four-year term. In 1998 he was elected to a fourth term, and served in that position until his appointment as secretary of Health & Human Services in 2001.

As the Health & Human Services secretary, Mr. Thompson served as the nation's leading advocate for the health and welfare of all Americans. He worked to modernize and add prescription drug coverage to Medicare for the first time in the program's history. A leading advocate of welfare reform, he also focused on expanding services to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income Americans.

Additionally, Secretary Thompson is recognized for his contributions to the U.S. response to the threat of bioterrorism and for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States and abroad; he currently serves as the chairman of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He was the 19th individual to head the Department of Health & Human Services.

Joining Secretary Thompson at Akin Gump as counsel is Ladd Wiley. Mr. Wiley previously served as counselor to Secretary Thompson at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Akin Gump has expanded its market-leading investment funds and private equity practice with the arrival of partners Mark H. Barth and Daniel J. Eisner in New York. The group is well-known for its long-term relationships with some of the world's largest private equity and hedge fund managers.

Mr. Barth focuses on investment management, particularly in transnational settings. He has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of structuring, documenting and operating offshore investment funds and U.S. private investment funds.

Mr. Eisner concentrates his practice on complex business transactions. He brings an investor-oriented perspective to structuring and negotiating private equity-sponsored buyouts, having spent nearly 20 years in this industry, including six years as an investment professional at Citicorp, DLJ and Bankers Trust Company.

Akin Gump last month expanded its intellectual property practice in San Francisco and in Asia with the addition of partner Yitai Hu and five other attorneys. In addition to joining Akin Gump's San Francisco office, Mr. Hu and his team will staff Akin Gump's new office in Taipei.

Mr. Hu has extensive experience litigating matters before U.S. district courts and the International Trade Commission. He has worked with leading electronics, computer and semiconductor manufacturing companies, successfully litigating matters involving patent infringement, validity and enforceability, trade secret misappropriations and licensing disputes.

Recognized as one of the leading practitioners in Asia, he has assisted clients in uncovering and litigating the source of pirated goods and has concluded complex technology and patent license negotiations in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

Mr. Hu frequently speaks on international patent law-related issues at seminars and conferences around the world, and is currently a lecturer on U.S. patent litigation at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

Joining Mr. Hu are senior counsel Sean DeBruine and attorneys Gary Ma, Ming-Tao Yang, Michael Kim and Cindy Feng.