Perkins Coie announced on Friday, January 24, that Peter M. Rouse and Mark A. Patterson are joining the firm in February to lead a new Public and Strategic Affairs practice based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Rouse and Patterson will advise clients nationwide, including business leaders, foundations and nonprofit 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 global clients on complex issues involving federal and state public policy and communications.
Peter Rouse served as Counselor to President Obama and earlier was White House Chief of Staff. 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.
Mark Patterson was Chief of Staff at 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. Prior to that, he served 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.