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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has acquired Democratic boutique lobbying firm Parven Pomper Strategies, the firm said in a press release. PPS founders Scott Parven and Brian Pomper will join the firm as partners. Akin Gump also announced Al From, founder and longtime leader of the Democratic Leadership Council, will become a senior advisor at the firm.

Smith W. Davis, co-leader of Akin Gump’s policy practice, said the new team brings an “excellent track record of providing business clients with first-rate strategic advice and advocacy in the policy arena.”

Prior to founding PPS, Parven served as vice president and counsel at Aetna, where he oversaw international public policy. He is also a former vice president of public policy at AOL Time Warner and chair of the international policy group at Mayer Brown.

  
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Pomper served as chief international trade counsel for Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont) on the Senate Finance Committee prior to founding PPS.  He also served as an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom before entering government service.

The remainder of the PPS team joining Akin Gump are Alixandria Lapp, former chief of staff to Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA); Francine Friedman Grabowski as senior policy counsel; Roger Murry, former legislative assistant to former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) as policy analyst; and Sarah Crnkovich as policy analyst.
Akin Gump’s bipartisan policy practice was founded in 1977 and has more than 50 lawyers and professionals.

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