Joel Jankowsky is a senior partner with four decades of experience at the firm. Mr. Jankowsky represents numerous clients on a variety of public policy matters, with an emphasis on intellectual property, telecommunications and technology-related issues.

Practice & Background

Prior to joining Akin Gump in 1977, Mr. Jankowsky was legislative assistant to the Honorable Carl Albert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1972 to 1977. Mr. Jankowsky served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1968 to 1972.

Mr. Jankowsky has received multiple national accolades for his work. The National Law Journal named him among the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” in 2013. The publication also named him as one of the “Most Influential Lawyers” in the field of government affairs in 2011.

Representative Matters

Mr. Jankowsky’s recent representations include:

  • the multiyear representation of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform in support of legislation to reform the patent system. The Coalition has nearly 40 members from 18 diverse industry sectors and includes many of the nation’s leading manufacturers and researchers. The Coalition’s steering committee includes 3M, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Caterpillar, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, and Procter & Gamble. Visit http://www.patentsmatter.com for more information.

Community Involvement

Mr. Jankowsky is active in civic and community programs, including:

  • chairing the board of directors of the Close Up Foundation
  • serving on the board of advisors of the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma
  • serving as a director of the Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • previously serving as a member of the board of directors of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
  • previously serving as a member of the board of directors of the Bryce Harlow Foundation
  • previously serving as a member of the Page Review Commission for the U.S. House of Representatives
  • previously serving as a member of the board of trustees of The Potomac School of McLean, Virginia.

Awards & Accolades

  • named as one of The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” (March 2013)
  • named as one of The National Law Journal’s “Most Influential Lawyers” in the field of government affairs (June 2011)
  • recipient of the 2010 Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award by the Bryce Harlow Foundation
  • The Legal 500—Government Relations (2015-2017)
  • consistently named by The Hill as one of Washington, D.C.’s “Top Lobbyists”
  • Top Tier, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Government Relations (2009-2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America—Government Relations
  • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyer.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Jankowsky has been a guest lecturer at the:

  • Bryce Harlow Foundation
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
  • School of Public Affairs, American University
  • University of Oklahoma.