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WASHINGTON — Veteran Assistant to the Solicitor General Patricia Millett, who has argued more Supreme Court cases than any other woman currently in public or private practice, has joined Washington’s Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a partner in the firm’s appellate practice. Millett, a graduate of Harvard Law School, was an 11-year veteran of the Office of the Solicitor General where she argued 25 cases before the Supreme Court and was responsible for briefing 49 cases. Her high court total is second only to that of Beatrice Rosenberg, noted Millett, who worked in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division from 1943 to the early 1970s, but who was never “permitted” to join the Solicitor General’s office. Prior to joining that office, Millett served for four years as an attorney in the appellate section of Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where she argued 19 cases and briefed more than 25 others in various federal and state appellate courts. “Many of the leading appellate advocates in the nation are alumni of the Office of the Solicitor General; Patricia is no exception,” said Akin Gump’s Rex S. Heinke, head of the firm’s appellate practice. “As one of the most qualified and experienced appellate litigators leaving the government for private practice this year, she will be instrumental in advising clients on a wide array of priority legal issues, including constitutional questions, privacy, trade secrets, privileges, procedural issues and complicated regulatory matters.” The firm’s appellate practice also includes Thomas C. Goldstein, who has argued 17 cases before the Supreme Court; Judge William A. Norris, who served for 17 years on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Edward P. Lazarus, a former assistant U.S. attorney, Supreme Court clerk and critically acclaimed author; Judge Murry B. Cohen, who served for 20 years on the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas in Houston; and Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, a consultant to Akin Gump.

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