WASHINGTON and DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Patton Boggs LLP has strengthened its presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with the opening of a permanent office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). Patton Boggs now boasts four offices in the MENA region: in addition to the new Dubai location, the firm maintains offices in Doha, Qatar; Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and an affiliate office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100701/PH30116LOGO-b ) Patton Boggs is also pleased to announce the arrival of three lawyers and a regional director of business development and marketing, who join Patton Boggs from Kilpatrick Townsend as the inaugural team in Dubai: Thomas P. Wilson, formerly a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend, Scott Hutton, formerly an associate, and Angie Hegazi, formerly head of business development and marketing (MENA) join Patton Boggs from Kilpatrick Townsend's Dubai office. Mr. Wilson joins Patton Boggs as a partner, Mr. Hutton as of counsel, and Ms. Hegazi as regional director of business development and marketing. They are joined in Dubai by Jonathan M. Taunton, another former associate, who joins Patton Boggs from Kilpatrick Townsend in Atlanta, as an associate. Mr. Wilson will head Patton Boggs Construction practice in the region. As a team, the group brings exceptional experience with and understanding of concerns unique to the construction and infrastructure sector in the region, with a particular focus on public and private capital improvement projects, dispute resolution, contract negotiations and related transactions, contract compliance issues, and project risk management and mitigation. With the opening of the Dubai office, Patton Boggs will establish strong, regionally based capabilities in these areas, thus strengthening the scope of its offerings to the MENA region. For many years, Patton Boggs has been a trusted partner to clients supporting key sectors of the MENA economy, and has been widely recognized for excellence in such areas as project finance, real estate development, private and institutional investment, intellectual property, and corporate counsel to business interests operating in or new to the MENA region.