Ed Pagano joined Akin Gump after serving in the Obama administration as Senate Liaison and Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In this role, Ed was responsible for managing the Senate Legislative Affairs Office and charged with advancing the president’s legislative agenda and promoting his priorities on Capitol Hill.He coordinated the administration’s legislative strategy on Senate action concerning issues that included patent reform, immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act, the Violence Against Women Act, reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), gun violence prevention and judicial nominations.
He was a member of the White House privacy and FISA working groups.Before joining the White House in 2012, Ed worked for nearly two decades with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), both for the senator’s office and the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Leahy. This included serving as Sen. Leahy’s chief of staff, managing the senator’s offices in Washington and Vermont and overseeing the senator’s work on the Judiciary, Agriculture and Appropriations committees.
During that time, he advised Sen. Leahy on legislation—such as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the first major reform of the patent system in 60 years—and Supreme Court hearings and confirmations, including those of Justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan.Prior to becoming Sen. Leahy’s chief of staff, Ed served as his senior counsel on the Judiciary Committee, focusing on economic and criminal justice legislation, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the USA PATRIOT Act and the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, as well as antitrust issues and data breach legislation.
Ed earlier worked as legislative counsel for Sen. Leahy, monitoring legislative developments and implementing plans on tax and commerce legislation, as well as coordinating economic development outreach in Vermont.Ed began his professional career as an associate at a large law firm before moving on to serve as a field director for the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign in 1992. During college, he played power forward for four years for the Vermont Catamounts basketball team. He remains active at the University of Vermont as a member of the board of trustees and through alumni and student engagement.
Ed’s long and distinguished public service career includes:
- Senate Liaison and Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, White House, 2012 to 2014
- Chief of Staff, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), 2005 to 2011
- Senior Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee, 1997 to 2011
- Legislative Counsel, Sen Patrick Leahy (D-VT), 1993 to 1996.
- Concentrates his practice on public law and policy matters.
- Long and distinguished career in public service.
- Senate Liaison and Deputy Assistant for Legislative Affairs, The White House.
- Chief of Staff to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), U.S. Senate, 1993 to 2012.
- Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, 1993 to 2012.
- Member, Board of Trustees, University of Vermont.
- Member, University of Vermont Presidential Search Committee.
- J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1990
- B.S., University of Vermont, 1985
- District of Columbia
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