Former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly has joined the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in its public law and policy practice.
Donnelly, a Democrat who lost his re-election bid to Republican Mike Braun in November, will advise clients in the financial services, defense and health care industries, among others. His first day will be April 1.
Donnelly served one term as U.S. senator and three terms as a U.S. representative.
Two other former representatives, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, and Lamar Smith, R-Texas, joined Akin Gump
“We have long been known as a go-to firm in the public policy space thanks to our deep bench of bipartisan talent with significant Capitol Hill experience, and Sen. Donnelly continues that tradition,” Akin Gump chairp Kim Koopersmith said in a written statement. “Joe is the latest in a long line of distinguished former members of Congress who have chosen to continue their careers at Akin Gump, and I couldn’t be happier that he is joining us.”
Akin Gump has more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
“Akin Gump maintains a reputation of hosting a preeminent public policy practice and is home to a fantastic and deep bipartisan team, and joining the firm was an easy decision for me,” Donnelly said in written remarks. “I look forward to working with my many new colleagues and putting my legislative skills to work on behalf of many of Akin Gump’s clients.”