The former inspector general for both the Departments of State and Homeland Security, Clark Kent Ervin, has joined Patton Boggs as a partner in the firm’s Washington office.
Ervin, 52, joins Patton from the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program, where he served as its director. Ervin will practice in the firm’s government investigations and litigation; homeland security, defense and technology transfer; and international practices sections, according to a firm press release.
During the administration of President George W. Bush, Ervin served as inspector general for three federal agencies, including for the State Department and Broadcasting Board of Governors simultaneously from 2001 to 2002, and for the Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2004 as the agency’s first inspector general, according to his biography on Patton’s website.
Ervin also served as co-chairman for President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team for the Department of Homeland Security in 2008, and as a member of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s advisory council since 2009. He also was a member of the bipartisan congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2008 to 2011, according to his biography.
“Clark’s expertise is critical to the firm’s work in both the public and private sectors,” Patton Boggs managing partner Edward Newberry said in a firm press release. “He is a natural extension of our team and an invaluable resource to the firm and its clients.”
By LeighAnne Manwarren