DLA Piper has added two lateral attorneys this week to bolster its regulatory and government affairs, international trade and federal law and policy practices.
Thomas deButts joins as a partner in the regulatory and government affairs and international trade practices. He was previously at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.
Also joining the firm as a partner is Mark Paoletta, who joins the firm's regulatory and government affairs and federal law and policy practices. He was previously with Dickstein Shapiro. Paoletta focuses his practice on congressional investigations and hearings. He served for 10 years as the chief counsel for Oversight and Investigations for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He also served as assistant counsel to President George H.W. Bush.
In an interview, deButts said that DLA's footprint was a factor in his decision to switch firms.
"Nowadays, a lot of our clients are global as well and they need help everywhere," deButts said. "This firm really has a strong global vision and tremendous resources."
As for his practice, deButts said that his focus would remain the same: international trade controls, economic sanctions and export controls related to Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.