Washington, D.C., November 19, 2009—Patton Boggs continues to add to its impressive roster of public policy attorneys with the addition of new partner Kristin Wells.
Ms. Wells, most recently Deputy Chief Counsel to Chairmen Howard Berman (D-CA) and the late Tom Lantos (D-CA) on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs, will leverage her foreign policy experience and knowledge of international politics to counsel Patton Boggs’ clients on doing business overseas. She will work closely with the firm’s strong public policy and international law teams to help corporate clients in their dealings with foreign governments and legal systems, as well as international markets.
While serving at the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ms. Wells provided counsel to the Committee Chairman and other Democratic Committee members regarding legislation and foreign policy matters, with an emphasis on international refugee policy and immigration matters as well as legislation related to Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, international women’s issues and consular affairs issues.
“Kristin’s deep background and experience with public policy and foreign affairs make her an ideal fit for Patton Boggs,” stated Stuart M. Pape, the firm’s managing partner. “Her insight will also benefit our corporate clients who are looking to take advantage of international opportunities.”
Before joining the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ms. Wells worked for the House Committee on the Judiciary as counsel to Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI). She advised and briefed Democratic Committee members on issues including immigration, homeland security, antitrust and civil liberties issues.
In her time on the Hill, Ms. Wells was involved with many pieces of historic legislation, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004, the REAL ID Act of 2005, historic House and Senate resolutions declaring genocide in Darfur in 2005, Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and the Department of State Reauthorization Act of 2009.
“I have always had great admiration and respect for Patton Boggs and I couldn’t be more excited to join the firm,” said Ms. Wells. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to work alongside a preeminent public policy team and help clients understand the inner workings of government and foreign policy.”