Chief Investigative Counsel of House Energy and Commerce Committee Joins Akin Gump

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 00:00

John F. Sopko, a veteran of decades of congressional investigations and most recently the chief counsel for oversight and investigations at the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sopko will focus on congressional and federal investigations as a senior member of the public law and policy practice.

As senior advisor to Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.), Mr. Sopko supervised an oversight strategy that involved hundreds of investigations into virtually every subject area within the Committee's jurisdiction. During his tenure, the Committee held over 40 investigative hearings on matters including the safety of the nation's drug and food supplies, energy pricing and speculation, consumer product safety, post-Katrina health care financing and recovery, predatory sales practices in the Medicare Advantage program, nursing home safeguards, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, scientific integrity at the EPA, pipeline and refinery safety, and biological and nuclear security.

Akin Gump's congressional investigations practice has represented clients from virtually every sector of the economy, as well as government and congressional officials, before a broad range of House and Senate committees.

An interview with Mr. Sopko can be found on page 15 of this publication.

Ronald W. Goldberg and Edward P. Christian have rejoined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's corporate practice. Mr. Goldberg is a partner in the Los Angeles office and Mr. Christian is senior counsel in the New York office.Mr. Goldberg focuses his practice on banking, debt finance, equipment leasing, derivatives and financial restructuring.He has experience in transportation finance and insolvency matters and in financial derivatives, domestic and cross border equipment leasing and project finance, multicurrency syndicated secured and unsecured lending, and domestic and Euro commercial paper and medium-term note programs.

Mr. Christian represents investment funds, investment banks and bondholders in loan, investment, joint venture and M&A-related transactions. He also has experience with insolvency-related transactional matters, representing bondholders, investment funds, and other institutional and private investors and creditors in large Chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings.

Reed L. Russell, the former head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has returned to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner. Appointed as legal counsel by President George W. Bush in 2007, Mr. Russell served as the chief legal advisor to the EEOC's chair on policy issues, EEOC administrative issues and inter-agency coordination.

Before joining the EEOC, Mr. Russell practiced employment law for eight years at Akin Gump, primarily litigating wage and hour and Title VII class actions and handling employment discrimination matters.