Former Federal Communications Chairman Kevin Martin is joining Patton Boggs as co-chair of the firm's telecommunications practice, the firm confirmed tonight.
Martin, a Bush appointee, stepped down earlier this year and became a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Martin was not immediately available for comment Tuesday. In a statement, Patton Boggs Managing Partner Stuart Pape praised Martin as a "dynamic addition," and said that "there is a long and distinguished record of former FCC chairs succeeding in private practice. We have every expectation that Kevin will do that and more."
Martin spent eight years at the FCC as the agency dealt with the increasing role of the Internet, and was involved in important decisions about net neutrality and other hotly contested issues. He also advocated for a la carte pricing in the cable industry.
Patton Boggs partner Jennifer Richter, who will co-chair the telecommunications practice with Martin, said in the statement that she is "thrilled" by Martin's hiring, and he "will be instrumental in helping us and our clients chart our course in this dynamic and rapidly changing industry."