Justin J. McCarthy is a senior advisor in the firm’s public law and policy practice. He advises clients on issues related to trade, tax and health policy, among others.

Practice & Background

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. McCarthy served in the George W. Bush administration as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In this role, Mr. McCarthy served as a principal liaison and advocate of the President to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, with primary responsibility for developing, coordinating and executing White House strategy on priority issues. While at the White House, Mr. McCarthy led efforts on the free trade agreements with Colombia, Korea and Panama, as well as on Trade Adjustment Assistance in the House and Senate. In addition, he led efforts on tax issues, the Farm Bill and the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Prior to joining the White House staff, Mr. McCarthy was appointed by President Bush as the assistant U.S. trade representative for congressional affairs. While at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Mr. McCarthy led efforts with the Congress on free trade agreements with Colombia, Korea, Oman and Panama, and with the Doha Round of World Trade Organization negotiations and Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Ukraine and Vietnam.

Most recently, Mr. McCarthy was a lobbyist at a government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the executive branch, he also served as director of government relations at Pfizer Inc., where he was responsible for health care, intellectual property, international trade and tax issues.

Mr. McCarthy received his B.A. from Stonehill College.