Former Policy Director, Legislative Counsel to House Republican Conference Joins Patton Boggs Tax and Financial Services Practice Group

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    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2012—Patton Boggs LLP today announced that Daris Meeks, former Policy Director and Legislative Counsel to the House Republican Conference, has joined the firm’s Public Policy department, effective immediately.

    Resident in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Mr. Meeks will work with the firm’s Tax and Financial Services practice group, advising clients on policy and regulatory issues impacting the financial services sector. He has direct experience working with the Congressional committees in which financial services policy is formulated as well as the federal agencies charged with oversight of the industry.  He will advise Patton Boggs clients on financial services issues.

    “Daris Meeks is among the most talented financial services policy advisors on the Hill today,” said Aubrey Rothrock, Co-Chair of Patton Boggs’ Tax and Financial Services practice group.  “He brings an exceptional blend of experience with Congressional leadership and federal agencies that, given current policy issues, greatly enhances our practice and the value we can provide to clients. We all look forward to working with him.”  

    “As Wall Street and Main Street observe the second anniversary of Dodd-Frank’s passage this week, our clients around the globe require increasingly sophisticated advocacy before Congress and regulatory agencies on the range of policy challenges needed to rebuild confidence in our financial markets,” added Kevin O’Neill, Deputy Chair of Patton Boggs’ Public Policy and Regulatory Department.  “We are delighted to add Daris Meeks to what is already an extraordinary blend of talent in our Tax and Financial Services practice group that is working tirelessly to serve the needs of our clients confronting complex legislative and regulatory issues.” 

    In his prior position, Mr. Meeks was principal policy advisor to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Republican Conference and Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. He worked closely with House leadership, including the offices of the Speaker, Majority Leader and Majority Whip, on matters related to the development of financial services policy and messaging.

    Mr. Meeks was also appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as counsel to the Chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board, where he advised the chairman on policy and bank supervision matters and assisted with management of the agency. 

    As committee counsel to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Mr. Meeks assisted the committee’s ranking member, Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX), on government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley and other consumer banking issues.

    Mr. Meeks earned his J.D. and M.A., public policy, both from Regent University.  He is admitted to the District of Columbia bar and resides in Reston, Virginia.

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