Washington, DC, September 14, 2011—Patton Boggs LLP recently bolstered its International Business practice with the addition of Ambassador Joseph LeBaron as a senior advisor in the firm’s Washington and Doha offices.
Having served as U.S. ambassador to the State of Qatar (2008 – 2011) and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2003-2006), Ambassador LeBaron’s extensive diplomatic experience provides deep insight, regional knowledge and expertise to the firm and its clients, especially in the Arabian Gulf. As a senior advisor to the firm’s International Business and MENA practices, Ambassador LeBaron advises both U.S. and non-U.S. clients, helping clients abroad identify business and investment opportunities within the U.S. and assisting U.S. clients with market entry and strategic planning for MENA business activities.
A career diplomat for more than 30 years, Ambassador LeBaron began his Foreign Service career as vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar after earning his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. His later diplomatic postings included Amman, Ankara, Istanbul and Washington. In 1989, Ambassador LeBaron served on the national security and foreign affairs staff of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, leaving the U.S. again next to serve as consul general for the U.S. Embassy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Upon concluding a brief detail to Northern Iraq at the end of the Gulf War, Ambassador LeBaron went on to serve in senior-level posts across the Middle East, returning to Washington to serve as deputy director of the Office of Iran and Iraq and later as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador LeBaron studied Arabic and Middle Eastern Affairs at the American University of Beirut and was a doctoral research fellow at the University of Khartoum. He also served as a part time member of the graduate faculty of the Elliot School for International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
“Patton Boggs will benefit greatly from Ambassador LeBaron’s decades of international experience and in-depth regional expertise,” said Ed Newberry, managing partner of Patton Boggs. “The firm is eager to apply his specialized knowledge in an effort to help clients explore and secure opportunities in the U.S. and around the world.”
“I am thrilled to join Patton Boggs as a senior advisor,” said Ambassador LeBaron. “The firm is held in high regard across the Middle East and North Africa, not only for the superior legal counsel it provides but also for its entrepreneurial business advisory services. I look forward to working closely with my many friends in the region to identify business and investment opportunities in and outside the U.S. I also look forward to helping U.S. firms, large and small, enter the MENA market, one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic economic regions.”