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Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld continues management shake-up with new general counsel

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In the latest in a slew of executive-level changes at Metro, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld appointed Patricia Lee, an attorney with extensive private-sector experience, as the agency’s new general counsel.

Lee’s hiring was announced just a week after Wiedefeld publicized the appointment of a new chief operating officer for rail, bus, and paratransit services, and less than two months after a new chief safety officer was brought onto the system’s management team.

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“Patricia’s unique public and private sector experience make her well suited for many of the challenges that we face today,” Wiedefeld said in a statement Thursday. “She will be an integral part of the executive management team tasked with rebuilding Metro from the inside out.”

In the months since Wiedefeld was first brought in as the new head of Metro, he’s vowed to take a hard look at the agency’s executive management and institute major changes — a promise that resulted in efforts to reorganize and simplify the agency’s executive flowchart, and a series of significant new hires.

Lee comes from Unify, an international software and communications company, where she served as executive vice president and general counsel. Before that, she worked at Northrop Grumman, Cable & Wireless USA, Inc., and Holland & Knight. She also spent time working as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lee originally hails from the Washington area. She starts at Metro July 11.