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Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a partner. Thompson will work part time at Akin Gump while also serving as an adviser to tax and consulting firm Deloitte & Touche USA. Akin Gump chairman R. Bruce McLean says Thompson will help the firm “develop a multidisciplinary health and life science practice.” At Deloitte, Thompson will chair the firm’s Center for Health Care Management and Transformation. Thompson resigned from President George W. Bush’s Cabinet in December after serving for four years. While at HHS, he oversaw the administration’s dramatic expansion of Medicare through the passage of an estimated $1 trillion prescription-drug benefit but took criticism for what some saw as the administration’s tepid response to the global AIDS epidemic. Thompson also served as the governor of Wisconsin for 14 years, helping push changes to the state’s welfare laws that later served as a model for the reform signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. He received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Joining him at Akin Gump as counsel is Ladd Wiley, an aide to Thompson at Health and Human Services, who also served as a counselor to Thompson in the Wisconsin governor’s office. In a statement, Thompson said that joining the two firms was a “great way to embark on a new career.” He will be based in Akin Gump’s Washington, D.C., office. Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

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