WASHINGTON, D.C.—Barbara Comstock, director of the office of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, is joining Blank Rome Government Relations as a principal and will serve clients both as a lobbyist and strategic communications specialist. The government relations firm was launched when Blank Rome and Dyer Ellis & Joseph—two law firms with a long history of government affairs expertise—merged in January 2003.
According to chairman David Girard-diCarlo, Comstock’s “senior-level experience in the legislative and executive branches, and as an attorney and skilled communicator, advances our ongoing pursuit of added value for our clients.”
In her most recent position, Comstock was the chief spokesperson and communications strategist for attorney general John Ashcroft, as well as the spokesperson for the entire department, with responsibility for all public affairs and communications matters. Comstock also oversaw the public affairs offices of the Justice Department components including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Prisons, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Previously, she served as Director of research and strategic planning at the Republican National Committee.