IN-DEPTH RESEARCH REPORT
on Patton Boggs LLP
- - Financial Information
- - Compensation
- - Billing Rates
- - Lateral Partner Moves
- - Pro bono
- - Key Contacts
- Designation: Washington, D.C.
- Head Count: 485
- Gross Revenues: $317,500,000
- Revenue Per Lawyer: $655,000
- Profits Per Partner: $735,000
- Year Over Year Change: 12
Its the biggest lobby shop in Washington according to The Influence 50 and with revenues of $88 million, second only to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in revenues. But if it and its chairman Tom Boggs, son of a House Majority Leader and brother of an NPR commentator, got famous for influencing public policy, Patton Boggs has grown into a worldclass law firm, too. Litigation, which accounts for some 40 percent of its revenue, is its biggest practice but clients with regulatory issues in areas that include antitrust, energy, food and drug, government contracts, health care, tax, telecommunications, trade, and transportation turn to the firm whose lawyer bench includes many veterans of government service.
In June 2010, the firm acquired the Breaux Lott Leadership Group, a bipartisan lobbying firm led by former U.S. senators John Breaux and Trent Lott. That deal didnt just bring the firm a pair of influential Washington insiders, but also clients that included Chevron Corporation, Citigroup, and FedEx Corp. Patton Boggs, of course, is no stranger to Alist lobbying clients, having built relationships with the likes of AT&T Services Inc., Bloomberg L.P., and BristolMeyers Squibb Co.
Like its D.C.based peers, Patton Boggs has a strong record on pro bono work. The firm requires associates to perform a minimum of 100 hours per yearfar exceeding the average annual pro bono workload at most firmsand it ranked twentyfifth of 200 firms on The American Lawyers 2011 Pro Bono Report.
Patton Boggss only overseas offices are in the Middle East, where it has been a longtime legal adviser to regional clients, particularly in the United Arab Emirates. The firm has an office in Abu Dhabi and attorneys in Dubai. In 2003, Patton Boggs became the first U.S. firm to open an office in Qatar. Today, lawyers based in Doha advise on trade and infrastructure projects, negotiate military and security agreements, and mediate international disputesof the business variety, that is.
Updated as of 1/1/12
|Survey||Rank||Year Over Year Change||Description|
|Am Law 100||95||12||Gross revenue|
|Am Law 200||95||12||Gross revenue|
|NLJ 250||83||9||Lawyer head count|
|The A-List||NR||N/A||Overall excellence|
|Pro Bono Scorecard||25||5||Pro-bono commitment|
|Diversity Scorecard||87||N/A||Minority head count|
|Midlevel Associates Survey||NR||N/A||Job satisfaction|
|Summer Associates Survey||81||N/A||Summer programs|
In the News
Jan Wolfe / The Am Law Litigation Daily : The National Law Journal : March 18, 2013
Patton Boggs, which is locked in a fierce battle to enforce a $19 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation related to environmental pollution in the Amazon, must allow the oil giant to see documents that the firm claims are privileged, a judge has ruled. Chevron's lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher say the ruling is a crucial boost in their bid to show that the judgment is a titanic fraud.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 15, 2013
Recent federal tax filings by the National Football League and its collective bargaining arm, the NFL Management Council, show that the league paid a total of at least $15 million in legal fees to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Covington & Burling, and Proskauer Rose during its 2011 fiscal year, which included the four-and-a-half-month labor lockout that ultimately ended with a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 14, 2013
With the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history potentially looming on the horizon, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder officially appointed Jones Day restructuring partner Kevyn Orr to serve as special emergency financial manager for Detroit on Thursday—just days after the city itself retained Orr's firm to serve as its restructuring counsel.
Jan Wolfe : The Am Law Daily : March 8, 2013
According to a petition for a writ of mandamus, Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan is determined to circumvent a January 2012 ruling by the Second Circuit holding that it is not up to him to decide whether an Ecuadoran court's $19 billion judgment against the oil giant for damage to the environment merits worldwide recognition.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 8, 2013
The same week that Sports Illustrated named Proskauer Rose the most powerful law firm in sports, a Proskauer squad and team representing Kaye Scholer, Skadden and Stikeman Elliott squared off in the sixth annual Ice Hockey in Harlem charity tournament. Meanwhile, a trio of Am Law 100 firms are advising on a $1 billion financing deal to build a new stadium for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.
Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : March 8, 2013
Justice Helen Freedman of the First Department wrote that while the loan agreement's stated interest rate was only 12 percent, it allowed the lender to keep the deposit contingent on events outside the borrower's control, meaning the deposit should be considered interest under New York's usury law.
: New Jersey Law Journal : March 8, 2013
The past year saw a continued resurgence in new partners at New Jersey firms, which, if not quite as robust as the year before, still held its own as an indicator that the firms are sanguine about expansion.
Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 6, 2013
With the U.S. Supreme Court set to take up a case that will determine the fate of California's same-sex marriage ban and perhaps have legal ramifications beyond the Golden State, it also has the somewhat unusual opportunity to consider the views of two National Football League players with strong opinions on the matter.
Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : March 5, 2013
Following a significant drop in gross revenues and partner profits in 2012, Washington-based law firm Patton Boggs has laid off 30 lawyers and 35 other employees, firm managing partner Edward Newberry said on March 1.
Andrew Ramonas and Matthew Huisman : The National Law Journal : March 5, 2013
The 485-lawyer firm limited its 30 lawyer dismissals to associates and staff attorneys. The 35 laid-off staffers included paralegals, a public policy adviser and support staff. All told, the cuts saved the firm $14.7 million, according to managing partner Edward Newberry.
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