Barney Skladany — Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

  • Number of Clients: 40
  • Total Amount Clients Paid Firm: $10,070,000
  • Average Amount Each Client Paid Firm: $251,750
  • Number of Fortune 100 Clients: 6
  • Notable Clients: U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Bridgestone; PG&E

Skladany made national news in 2005 when he worked to help make ice dancer Tanith Belbin—a Canadian native who had settled in Michigan—a U.S. citizen in time for her to win a silver medal in the Winter Olympic Games. But he is much better known as a prominent contributor to Republican causes and for representing a variety of corporate interests at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Clients have included Dow Chemical, Bridgestone, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The firm collected more than $25 million in the first nine months of 2011, with Skladany’s clients representing just under half of that amount. Skladany also represented the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform that worked on long-delayed patent legislation that was finally signed into law in 2011. The firm has one of the most prestigious lists of lobbyists in Washington; others working there include former representatives Vic Fazio and Bill Paxon. Skladany once worked for Mobil Corp., and his firm still lobbies on behalf of energy giants such as Shell Exploration and Production Co. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

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