Former National GOP Chairman To Return To Akin Gump

Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 01:00

Kenneth B. Mehlman, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, will return to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner, the firm announced recently. Mr. Mehlman will focus on developing solutions for clients facing challenges in the legislative, regulatory, constituency, corporate and public relations arenas at the state, federal and international levels.

Elected in 2005 as the 62nd chair of the Republican National Committee, Mr. Mehlman served in that position for two years. As the national spokesperson for the party, he developed close working relationships with members of Congress, governors, and business leaders across the nation and around the world.

Mr. Mehlman began his political career as legislative director to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and subsequently became chief of staff to Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX).

Akin Gump has formally announced the opening of an office in the People's Republic of China. Located in Beijing, the office furthers Akin Gump's expansion into major markets and enables the firm to support Chinese companies expanding into overseas markets, as well as to support foreign companies entering or expanding their investments or operations in China.

In Mainland China, practices will include business transactions; private equity and funds; environment, natural resources and energy; intellectual property; and international trade.

The office opens with a team of local and foreign qualified lawyers. Eliot Cutler is partner-in-charge in the Beijing office. Zheng Xilin joins as an associate following two years at the World Bank. Stephen Kho joins from the Office of the Special Trade Representative of the United States.

Chen Ying joins Akin Gump as a senior advisor. Ma Lianyuan, an expert on patent law in China, joins as a senior advisor.

Leading international trade law and policy practitioners Hal S. Shapiro, Greg J. Mastel and Stephen S. Kho have joined Akin Gump.

Mr. Shapiro joins the firm as a partner. He advises multinational companies, U.S. trade associations and foreign governments on international trade policy and international trade agreements.

Mr. Mastel joins the firm as a senior advisor. His practice focuses on the formulation and implementation of international trade policy by the U.S. Congress and the executive branch.

Mr. Kho joins the firm as senior counsel. He previously served for nine years in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, most recently as acting chief counsel on China enforcement.