Bloomberg Law
Oct. 15, 2019, 4:23 PM

Coats Returns to King & Spalding After Trump Intelligence Role

Megan R. Wilson
Megan R. Wilson

Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is rejoining law firm King & Spalding, going to work for its national security team in Washington.

Coats, who will serve as a senior policy adviser at the firm, stepped down from his post in the Trump administration this summer.

The Indiana Republican has a long D.C. resume that also includes two stints in the Senate, serving as the U.S. ambassador to Germany during the Bush administration, and working as a member of Congress. He was a senior policy adviser at King & Spalding from 2005 until his re-election to the Senate in 2010.

The firm is touting that experience as beneficial for clients looking to navigate the landscape in Washington.

“Our clients around the world benefit from the insight of our team’s many former top government officials, who have the most current perspectives on how the U.S. government is approaching national security, trade, enforcement and regulations,” Robert Hays, the chairman of King & Spalding, said in a statement. “Dan builds on that, with his ability to counsel clients who are making high-level strategic decisions and navigating evolving U.S. government expectations concerning national security protections.”

During his second round in the Senate, from 2011 to 2017, he served on the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, in addition to chairing the Joint Economic Committee.

“I am looking forward to partnering with others to leverage my knowledge of the intelligence community,” Coats said in a statement.

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