Clark Kent Ervin is a member of Patton Boggs’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, helping corporate clients under investigation, or facing the prospect of investigation, by federal Offices of Inspector General, to craft, coordinate and implement strategic defenses. An integral member of the firm’s Homeland Security, Defense, and Technology Transfer practice, as well as its International practice, Mr. Ervin also provides invaluable counsel to clients on issues of national security and foreign policy.
Having served as inspector general for three federal agencies during the administration of President George W. Bush, Mr. Ervin brings extensive experience and notable expertise to the firm’s Government Investigations specialty practice. From 2003-2004, he served as the very first inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and from 2001-2002, as the inspector general of the Department of State and, simultaneously, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the global media arm of the United States government.
In addition to counseling companies facing inspector general-led investigations, Mr. Ervin’s work also focuses on other executive branch, congressional and internal corporate investigations, and he plays an active role in the firm’s dealings with state attorneys general, applying knowledge obtained while he served the State of Texas as assistant secretary of state and a deputy attorney general during then Governor George W. Bush’s administration.
In 2008, Mr. Ervin served as the co-chairman of then President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition Team for DHS, adding to the experience he gained while previously serving as the Department’s inspector general. He has also been a member of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s Homeland Security Advisory Council since 2009. From its inception in 2008 to its expiration in September 2011, Mr. Ervin, an appointee of then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, served as one of the eight members of the independent, bipartisan congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr. Ervin’s government experience is complemented by his policy expertise. Since leaving DHS in 2004, he served as the director of the Homeland Security Program at the Aspen Institute and continues to serve the program as a consultant. In this capacity, Mr. Ervin convenes policymakers and thought leaders in homeland security and counterterrorism with a view to helping shape the policy debate. His signature program at the Institute, the annual Aspen Security Forum, brings top-level present and former government officials, industry and thought leaders, nationally noted print and broadcast journalists and concerned citizens to Aspen each summer to explore various aspects of aviation, maritime, border and mass transit security; critical infrastructure protection and “soft targets” security; cyber-security; intelligence; counterterrorism strategy; and more. Mr. Ervin also founded and serves as the executive director of the Aspen Homeland Security Group, a bipartisan group of former government officials and policy experts, co-chaired by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former Representative Jane Harman, that provides informal advice and counsel to Secretary Napolitano and other national security-related policymakers.
Formerly an on-air analyst and contributor at CNN, Mr. Ervin still appears frequently as a guest commentator on television and radio networks, and is often cited as an expert by major national and international publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Time and The Economist. His opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Mr. Ervin’s book on homeland security – “Open Target: Where America is Vulnerable to Attack” – was published by the St. Martin’s Press imprint, Palgrave Macmillan, in 2006.
Clark Kent Ervin是“Patton Boggs诉讼及争议解决”的成员，帮助正在被调查或面临可能的调查的企业客户，通过联邦监察长办公室，来设计、协调和实施战略辩护。作为该公司国土安全部，防御部以及技术转让实践，国际实践方面的重要一员，Ervin同时也为客户在国家安全与外交政策问题方面提供宝贵意见。
Erwin先生曾在总统乔治· W·布什执政期间于三个联邦机构担任督察长，他在公司的政府调查特殊实践中有着丰富的经验和卓越的专业知识。从2003-2004年，他曾担任美国国土安全部（DHS）的第一个检察长，在2001-2002年期间担任国务院督察长，同时，担任广播理事会（ BBG ）这一作为美国政府全球媒体武器的机构的督察长。
作为之前美国有限电视新闻网（CNN）的现场点评员与贡献者，欧文先生还经常作为特邀评论员出现在电视和电台网络，其观点经常被主要国家和国际出版物援引，包括华尔街日报，时代周刊和经济学人。他的观点零散可见于纽约时报和华盛顿邮报中。欧文先生在国土安全方面的著作：”开放对象：美国易受攻击的地方在何处” 由圣马丁出版社于2006年印记， Palgrave Macmillan出版社。