Tyrrell, Patton Boggs May Part Ways Amid Merger Push, Newark Closing

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Patton Boggs, which is engaged in preliminary merger talks with Squire Sanders after announcing the closure of its Newark office this week, could see one of its top partners head for the door. James Tyrrell Jr., a member of the firm's executive committee and head of its toxic tort and product liability practice group, joined Patton Boggs in a high-profile lateral move in 2006. He also took on a controversial case representing indigenous Ecuadoreans suing energy giant Chevron, which has complicated Patton Boggs' efforts to find a merger partner. As it happens, Squire Sanders has its own ties to the South American nation.

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    Tyrrell generally stays at a law firm for about 7 years and is then pushed out (although he would never phrase it that way). This is just part of his regular cycle. Buyer beware

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