Former Commerce UndersecretaryJoins Akin Gump As Partner

Friday, July 1, 2005 - 00:00

Grant Aldonas has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in the international trade practice in Washington, DC.

Immediately prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Aldonas served in the Bush administration as the Commerce Department's undersecretary for international trade. As head of the department's International Trade Administration, he was responsible for advising the Secretary of Commerce on international trade and economics issues, and managing 2,400 ITA employees dedicated to expanding overseas markets for American goods, services, capital and ideas.

Prior to his work at the Commerce Department, Mr. Aldonas served as chief international trade counsel to the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, advising the chairman on international trade and economic matters before the Committee.

In addition to joining the firm, Mr. Aldonas will serve concurrently as chairman of the board of the U.S. arm of Transparency International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of corruption, and as director of an expanding program on the transatlantic economy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

James E. Anderson has joined Akin Gump as senior counsel in the project and infrastructure development department. Mr. Anderson's practice will focus on mergers and acquisitions, project finance and related transactions, as well as on counseling on associated corporate disclosure and governance issues.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Anderson served from 1996 until his retirement in 2004 as senior vice president, secretary and general counsel of Ingram Micro Inc., a publicly held Santa Ana, California-based wholesale provider of information technology products and logistics services with operations in 34 countries.