The former managing partner of the Kemp Partners consulting firm joins Patton Boggs as director of strategic business initiatives.
James Kemp will work with Tom Keane, Patton Boggs' senior director of that unit. His focus will be to expand business opportunities for clients.
At Kemp Partners, which James Kemp co-founded, he provided government relations and corporate affairs services to emerging businesses and Fortune 500 companies in the finance, technology, defense, transportation and manufacturing sectors.
Kemp also served as executive vice president of Group 47, which markets Digital Optical Technology Systems, an archival digital storage media solution.
It is unclear if Kemp will lobby for Patton Boggs, as he did at Kemp Partners.
Kemp remains active in other positions outside of Patton Boggs. He serves as president and founder of the Jack Kemp Foundation in honor of his father, Jack Kemp, who served as a nine-term Republican Congressman and as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George H.W. Bush.
"I am excited to join such a capable team," said Kemp in a press release. "Having been a Patton Boggs client for the past 11 years, I've experienced firsthand the outstanding people, skills and thinking the firm brings to bear to solve complex legal and legislative issues."
Kemp was not immediately available for comment.