Former Department of Commerce Official Joshua Teitelbaum Joins Akin Gump

(Washington, D.C.) – Joshua Teitelbaum, who most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials with the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce, has joined Akin Gump as counsel in its public law and policy practice in Washington, D.C.

While serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Teitelbaum was a policy-maker for, and public advocate of, the Obama administration’s highest international trade priorities. His work included substantial contributions to the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Commerce Department’s implementation of the conflict minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, among other initiatives. His work spanned a broad cross-section of U.S. industries, including textiles, apparel, home furnishings, processed foods, distilled spirits, recreational transportation, cosmetics, chemicals and building materials.

Prior to serving in that role, Mr. Teitelbaum served as staff director for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children & Families, as legislative assistant to Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) (now a senior policy consultant with Akin Gump) and as legislative counsel to Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY).

Donald Pongrace, head of Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice, stated, “Josh brings a tremendous depth of policy-making experience across areas such as trade, health care and financial services that are of tremendous importance to our clients, as well as a deep commitment to public service. I am excited to welcome him to our team.”

At Akin Gump, Mr. Teitelbaum joins a top-tier public policy team where he will advise clients across a diverse array of industries on issues related to trade, tax and health policy, among others.

Added Mr. Teitelbaum, “Akin Gump’s public policy platform is second to none, and the opportunity to join such a distinguished group and work again with Sen. Hagan was something I couldn’t pass up. I’m very much looking forward to this next chapter in my career and putting my skills and experience to work on behalf of Akin Gump’s clients.”

Mr. Teitelbaum received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2008, and his B.S. from Cornell University in 2005.

About Akin Gump’s Public Law and Policy Practice

Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice has long understood that solutions to many issues facing clients involve the very processes by which legislation and policy are conceived, developed and implemented by governments in the United States and around the world. For this reason, Akin Gump has built and maintained one of the largest and most diverse government relations practices of any major law firm worldwide. Our practice stresses careful evaluation of client issues and detailed design of strategies and tactics to achieve objectives and provide advocacy that is executed in an effective, timely and coordinated manner.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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