Joel Jankowsky

Joel Jankowsky is a senior partner with close to four decades of experience at the firm. Mr. Jankowsky represents numerous clients on a variety of public policy matters, with an emphasis on entertainment, telecommunications and technology-related issues.

Practice & Background

Prior to joining Akin Gump in 1977, Mr. Jankowsky was legislative assistant to the Honorable Carl Albert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1972 to 1977. Mr. Jankowsky served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1968 to 1972.

Mr. Jankowsky has received multiple, national accolades for his work. The National Law Journal named him among the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” in 2013. The publication also named him as one of the “Most Influential Lawyers” in the field of government affairs in 2011.
Representative Matters

Mr. Jankowsky’s recent representations include:

the multi-year representation of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform in support of legislation to reform the patent system. The Coalition has approximately 50 members from 18 diverse industry sectors and includes many of the nation’s leading manufacturers and researchers. The coalition’s steering committee includes 3M, Caterpillar, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly and Procter & Gamble. The effort culminated in the enactment of the America Invents Act. Visit for more information.

Community Involvement

Mr. Jankowsky is active in civic and community programs including:

chairing the board of directors of the Close Up Foundation
serving on the board of directors of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.
serving on the board of advisors of the Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma
serving as a sustaining director of the Prevent Cancer Foundation
previously serving as a member of the board of directors of the Bryce Harlow Foundation
previously serving as a member of the Page Review Commission for the U.S. House of Representatives
previously serving as a member of the board of trustees of The Potomac School of McLean, Virginia.

Awards & Accolades

Named as one of The National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” (March 2013)
Named as one of The National Law Journal’s “Most Influential Lawyers” in the field of government affairs (June 2011)
Recipient of the 2010 Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award by the Bryce Harlow Foundation
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business — government relations
Best Lawyers in America (2012-2015) for government relations.

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Jankowsky has been a guest lecturer at the:

Bryce Harlow Foundation
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
School of Public Affairs, American University.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Coalitions and Associations, 2) Communications, 3) Media and Entertainment Policy, 4) Legal Reform, 5) Policy and Regulation, 6) Public Law and Policy, 7) Communications and Information Technology, 8) Energy, 9) National Security and 10) Trade Associations
Law School University of Oklahoma College of Law, J.D.,1968
Education University of Oklahoma, B.B.A., 1965
Bar Member / Association District of Columbia Bar Association, Oklahoma State Bar Association
Most recent firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
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