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Former White House and Treasury Officials Peter Rouse and Mark Patterson to Join Perkins Coie LLP

January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Perkins Coie LLP announced today that Peter M. Rouse and Mark A. Patterson are joining the firm to lead a new Public and Strategic Affairs practice based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Rouse and Patterson will advise clients, including business leaders, foundations, and non-profit organizations, on strategic planning, public affairs, communications and reputational challenges, crisis management and other needs. They will significantly enhance the firm's capacity to provide legal services to clients on complex issues involving public policy and communications. Rouse, who served as Counselor to President Obama and earlier was White House Chief of Staff, and Patterson, who was Chief of Staff at the Department of the Treasury under Secretaries Timothy F. Geithner and Jacob J. Lew , will join the firm in February. “Perkins Coie could not be more pleased that Pete and Mark are joining the firm to establish our new Public and Strategic Affairs practice,” said Robert E. Giles , the firm’s Managing Partner. They are well-known and well-respected throughout the most senior levels of government, and among those who will be warmly welcoming them to Perkins Coie will be our long-time partner Bob Bauer , who worked closely with them during his service as White House Counsel .” “The breadth and depth of Pete and Mark’s combined experience is unsurpassed, and I know their judgment and wise counsel will make them indispensable advisors to both existing and new clients of the firm,” Giles said. More detailed biographical information on Rouse and Patterson follows. About Peter M. Rouse Pete Rouse served as Counselor to President Obama , having previously worked as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor. He was a co-chair of the Obama-Biden Transition Project , a Senior Advisor to President Obama 's campaign, and Chief of Staff to then-Senator Barack Obama . Known as the "101st Senator" for his extensive knowledge of Congress , Rouse served as Chief of Staff to members of the United States Congress for more than thirty years. Before joining President Obama 's Senate office in 2004, he was Chief of Staff to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota for 19 years. He also served as Chief of Staff to then-Rep. Dick Durbin of Illinois (1984-85) and Lt. Governor Terry Miller of Alaska (1979-83). Rouse received a B.A. from Colby College , an M.A. from the London School of Economics , and an M.P.A. from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government . About Mark A. Patterson Mark Patterson served as Chief of Staff of the Department of the Treasury under Secretaries Timothy F. Geithner and Jacob J. Lew . He is the longest-serving Chief of Staff in Treasury Department history, and is a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department’s highest honor. A lawyer with extensive experience in public policy, political strategy, communications and crisis management, Patterson was for many years a senior staff member in the United States Senate , where he worked as Policy Director for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle , and before that as Democratic Staff Director and Chief Counsel at the Senate Committee on Finance , where Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the Ranking Democrat. He was Senator Moynihan’s longest-serving chief aide on the Finance Committee . Prior to joining the Treasury in 2009, Patterson was a member of the Obama-Biden presidential transition team and the staff of the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. Patterson was previously a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co, where he worked from 2004-2008 and advised the firm and its clients on legislative and regulatory matters. Patterson is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and the Catholic University of America School of Law, and is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and of the U.S. Supreme Court . About Perkins Coie Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 900 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia . We represent great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth—from start-ups to FORTUNE 50 corporations. Our team provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services. Perkins Coie is frequently recognized for its leadership in the legal profession: Ranked #49 on the American Lawyer 100 list (2013) Listed on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for eleven consecutive years (2003 - 2013) Ranked as a leading firm in Chambers USA with 118 attorneys listed in 10 key markets across the country. Eighteen of the firm's practices received Band 1 rankings (2013) 206 lawyers named among the "Best Lawyers in America" (2014) Earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's top rating of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index (2009 - 2013) Named a Top Ten Family Friendly Firm by Yale Law Women (2008, 2010 - 2013) Gold Standard Certificate from Women in Law Empowerment Forum (2011 - 2013) Honored by Working Mother and Flex Time Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms for Women" (2008, 2009, 2011 - 2013) for Perkins Coie LLP Media contacts: Anita Dunn , 202-464-6900 adunn@skdknick.com Jill Zuckman , 202-464-6900 jzuckman@skdknick.com John Buchanan , 415-344-7122 jbuchanan@perkinscoie.com Source: Perkins Coie LLP


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