Kristin Wells, formerly deputy chief counsel for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has joined Patton Boggs as a partner. Her first day was Wednesday.
Wells, 42, was also previously a counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. She is subject to a one-year lobbying ban, but plans to advise Patton Boggs' clients on dealing with issues abroad.
A native Washingtonian who graduated from the National Cathedral School and earned her law degree from Columbia University, she said she was attracted to Patton Boggs because the firm has "been an active part of the Washington community." Wells, an African-American who has two young children, said she also appreciated the firm's commitment to family-friendly policies and a diverse workforce.
She said she's looking forward to working on a mix of issues. "There might be some cases or matters of foreign companies that have business issues in the U.S., or political issues as well," she said. "I’ve been here just a few days, so we’ll have to see how a lot of this develops."