Cultural Tourism DC Honors Akin Gump, Michael Fitzpatrick

(Washington, D.C.) – Cultural Tourism DC has presented the 2007 Discover the Heart of Washington Award to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and partner Michael A. Fitzpatrick, the firm announced today.

The Discover the Heart of Washington Award honors individuals and organizations that have made lasting contributions to the arts, heritage and civic life of the District of Columbia and have directly supported Cultural Tourism DC’s mission of strengthening the image and economy of Washington by promoting local culture and heritage as a tool for economic development.

Douglas Miller, vice chair of Cultural Tourism DC’s board of directors, stated, “Akin Gump’s generosity has come in many forms – financial support, event sponsorship, donations, pro bono counsel and even computers. Each gift has contributed significantly to the organization’s success.”

Over the six years of Akin Gump’s philanthropic work with Cultural Tourism DC, the city has quadrupled its funding for the organization.

Mr. Fitzpatrick, Cultural Tourism DC’s board chair, focuses his practice on litigation, including white collar criminal defense, civil and criminal antitrust, complex commercial, securities, class action, and intellectual property matters, as well as congressional investigations and regulatory law and policy. Prior to joining Akin Gump, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., and as a senior advisor and special assistant to the administrator, Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs, in the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Fitzpatrick joined Cultural Tourism DC’s board in 2001, and was elected board chair in 2004.

Mr. Miller said of Mr. Fitzpatrick, “We were fortunate to find in Michael someone who embodies exactly what Cultural Tourism DC is about. He understands history, at its very core, and the importance of preserving it for the future.”

Cultural Tourism DC is a nonprofit coalition of 185 arts, heritage, cultural and community organizations throughout the capital. With partners in tourism, hospitality, government and business, Cultural Tourism DC promotes local culture and heritage as a tool for economic development. For more information, visit

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 900 lawyers with offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Taipei and Washington. The firm has a diversified practice and represents regional, national and international clients in a wide range of areas, including antitrust; appellate; banking and finance; capital markets; communications and information technology; corporate and securities; corporate governance; employee benefits; energy; entertainment and media; environmental; financial restructuring; global security; government contracts; health; insurance; intellectual property; international trade; investment funds; labor and employment; land use; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; private client services; private equity; privatization; project development and finance; public law and policy; real estate development and finance; Russia/CIS; tax; and technology. 

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