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Patton Boggs to Lose Health Care Group to Akin


The yearlong exodus of partners from Patton Boggs will continue into the Washington firm's last days, as a group of health care policy partners shifts this week to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. At the same time, other Patton Boggs partners—including Patton Boggs’ eight-lawyer Anchorage office, which will not join merged firm Squire Patton Boggs—are racing to discuss their prospects at other firms.

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  • Steve

    It is not surprising to see this. Conflicts of interest are rampant in healthcare representation and lobbying, and usually brought to light during mergers of megafirms. Companies are beginning to wake up to the fact that when Company A pays a lobbying firm $250,000 a year to represent their interests, and Company B (competing entity) is also paying the firm to undermine the business model of a client, the two cannot coexist without contortions in the contract and agreements spelling out conflict waivers for this and that...

    The model of the mega firm is going to eventually die because principles are no longer being fooled. In the past, company government affairs officials were given free reign to hire who they want, without regard for these issues. That is changing as information flows more freely today. In my view, you will see lots of migration from firm to firm to avoid these issues, and ultimately, the creation of many smaller lobbying/PR firms that have a non-conflicting book of business.

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