Washington, D.C., July 19 - Patton Boggs LLP is pleased to announce that Ambassador Donald Ensenat has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office. He most recently served as United States Chief of Protocol at the White House and the U.S. State Department from 2001 to 2007, where he hosted foreign leaders visiting the President and his Administration, accompanied the President on his overseas visits, and was personal representative to the Ambassadors and Diplomatic Corps resident in Washington.
Drawing from his extensive background working in the U.S. Federal Government and on his private practice experience, Ambassador Ensenat will advise and assist clients on a broad range of international matters.
“Ambassador Ensenat’s knowledge and experience working within the international community will undoubtedly bolster our service to our public policy and trade clients,” said Stuart M. Pape, Managing Partner. “His arrival is a testament to our continuously expanding global presence, and we are fortunate to have such a seasoned practitioner on board to provide valuable counsel.”
His government experience also includes service as the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei, and a President-nominated and Senate-confirmed appointment to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He also was Assistant Attorney General of Louisiana in charge of federal court and Louisiana Supreme Court litigation, and Legislative Assistant to Congressman Hale Boggs and Congresswoman Lindy Boggs. He has served as an officer or board member of multiple professional, charitable, and political organizations, including as Chair of President George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign in Louisiana.
Ambassador Ensenat currently is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. He is a member of the Council of American Ambassadors and the Asia Society, and was previously a Yale Alumni Associate of Louisiana, serving as President from 1985 to 1987, as well as acting as Chair of Yale Admissions Committee from 1988 to 2001.
He graduated from Tulane University Law School, earning a J.D. in 1973. He also attended Yale University, graduating with a B.A. in 1968.