Former Assistant To Solicitor General Joins Akin Gump In Washington, DC

Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 01:00

Former Assistant to the Solicitor General Patricia A. Millett has joined Akin Gump as a partner in the appellate practice in Washington, DC, the firm has announced. Ms. Millett will brief and argue cases spanning a broad array of federal and state law questions - including both constitutional and statutory issues - for corporate, governmental and individual clients.

An 11-year veteran of the Solicitor General's Office, Ms. Millett has argued 25 cases before the Supreme Court - more than any other woman currently in practice (public or private) and second to only one other woman in history - and was principally responsible for briefing 49 cases before that court. In 2004 the attorney general awarded Ms. Millett the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award for her successful representation of the interests of the U.S. government before the Supreme Court.

Publicis Consultants | Worldwide and Akin Gump have announced that the two firms would cooperate in a global Issues Response and Management Team. The first focus market for the new alliance will be China.

Both firms' professionals have decades of top-level experience around the world in crisis and issues management, communications, law and public policy. The new alliance will assist clients in preparing for, responding to and navigating crises that may negatively affect clients' businesses, including the public relations, political and legal fallout from those crises.

The chief manager on the team for Publicis Consultants is Charles Winner, head of Publicis Consultants crisis response team and president of Winner & Associates in Los Angeles, a subsidiary of Publicis Consultants | Worldwide.

Robert S. Strauss and the firm he founded, Akin Gump, have contributed $7.5 million to the University of Texas at Austin to establish a new research center on global affairs. Ambassador Strauss contributed $5 million and Akin Gump contributed $2.5 million to the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. These are the first gifts in a $25 million capital campaign to fund the Center.