Four Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld clients paid more money for the firm’s lobbying efforts than any other law firm lobbying client paid from April 1-June 30, 2011, according to 2011 second quarter congressional records published this month.
The Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, Dow Chemical Company, Moody’s Corporation and the Gila River Indian Community each paid Akin Gump at least $350,000 to lobby Congress during the three-month period. The law firm received about $8.8 million from its clients for its lobbying work during the second quarter of 2011.
A spokesman for Akin Gump declined to comment on work done by the firm for specific clients.
Of the four clients, the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform gave Akin Gump the most money — $520,000 for lobbying Congress and the Commerce Department on the House and Senate patent reform bills, according to congressional records. The organization, which represents companies including Pfizer Inc., General Electric Corp. and 3M Co., supports a key provision in the bills that would give a patent to the inventor who filed paperwork with the Patent and Trademark Office first, switching from a “first-to-invent” system.
Akin Gump lobbyists Joel Jankowsky, Lori Kreloff, Roger Murry, Arshi Siddiqui, John Simmons, Barney Skladany and Valerie White represented the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform. The organization paid Akin Gump $610,000 during the first quarter of 2011 for lobbying on its behalf.
According to congressional records, Dow gave the law firm $410,000 during the second quarter for lobbying Congress on environmental issues, including a human health re-evaluation of TCDD and other chemicals emitted by the company through its manufacturing. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies TCDD as a “probable human carcinogen.” Dow says on its Web site that the chemical can impact the heath of laboratory animals. But the company says it does not believe the chemical poses a health hazard to humans.
Jankowsky, Skladany and White, along with their colleagues Sean D’Arcy, Smith Davis, Lauch Faircloth, Vic Fazio, John Gilliland, Chris Goode, Jeff McMillen, Janine Smith, Juliane Sullivan and Jamie Tucker, advocated for Dow. The company gave Akin Gump $320,000 during the first quarter of 2011 for lobbying on its behalf.
According to congressional records, Moody’s paid the law firm $360,000 during the second quarter of 2011 for lobbying Congress on “financial market regulation.”
D’Arcy, Davis, Faircloth, Fazio, Jankowsky, Skladany and White, in addition to Akin Gump’s David Carlin, Jayne Fitzgerald, Christine Hesse, Charlie Johnson, Steve Ross and Mike Solon, lobbied on behalf of the credit rating agency. Moody’s paid Akin Gump $250,000 during the first quarter of 2011 for the law firm’s lobbying work.
According to congressional records, the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona gave the law firm $350,000 for lobbying Congress and the Interior Department on issues including law enforcement matters, off-reservation gaming and funds for an irrigation project.
Davis. Fazio, Fitzgerald, McMillen, Simmons and Skladany, along with their colleagues Allison Binney, Jason Hauter, Steve Heeley, Rod Lewis, James Meggesto, Don Pongrace and Michael Rossetti, represented the American Indian community. The Gila River Indian Community gave Akin Gump $240,000 during the first quarter of 2011 for the law firm’s lobbying efforts.