Squire Patton Boggs LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Incredibly interesting and diverse projects”
  • “Flexible hours”
  • “Big firm, but small firm atmosphere”

Downers

  • “Technology is not advanced”
  • “Office facility is really outdated”
  • “Office politics”

The Buzz

  • “Lobbying powerhouse”
  • “Strong in government contracts”
  • “Big on pro bono”
  • “DC insiders”

About Squire Patton Boggs LLP

A noted leader in the lobbying industry, Patton Boggs LLP boasts strong political ties and experience. But the firm's expertise goes beyond public policy and lobbying: Patton Boggs hosts a comprehensive legal practice, focusing on everything from government investigations to M&A. 

Decades of Evolution

Former CIA agent James Patton left Covington & Burling, where he specialized in international law, in 1962 to form Barco, Cook and Patton with two contemporaries. The firm that would be Patton Boggs underwent a series of name changes over the following four decades as it brought on and parted ways with name partners, merged with smaller firms, and launched (often unsuccessful) campaigns to claim new ground (at various intervals, offices in North Carolina, Saudi Arabia, Tehran and London all closed within a few years of opening shop). Three relative constants, though, came in the form of the firm's most valued human capital: aside from Patton, former Covington partner George Blow and the politically-connected Tommy Boggs shaped the firm's development throughout the bulk of its existence.

Blow, who arrived in 1963 with a reputation built largely on his success in the Supreme Court's "double jeopardy" case, retained a place on the firm's letterhead until shortly after his retirement in the 1990s. Boggs, meanwhile, grew up the archetypal Beltway elite: son of a powerful Louisiana congressman and brother to future political journalist Cokie Roberts, Boggs spent his youth around prominent Capitol Hill players. When the time came to make his own mark on the world, Boggs tapped into his family's cache of connections to lay the foundation for a lobbying house now considered one of the best in the nation. 

More recent years have prompted adaptation to perceived market fluctuations. In 1992, Patton Boggs rounded up Dallas-area financial services attorneys to open an office there. Nearly a decade later, the firm opened a branch in northern Virginia with aims to service tech clients only to find that the boom was already headed toward bust; firm leaders retrained the office's focus on IP, export control and government contracts work.

Lobbying: A Flip-flop of Sorts Pays Dividends

Boggs and others made the firm's lobbying name in the 1970s through such high-flying (and accordingly high-billable) assignments as its representation of the oil and construction companies pushing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Long considered a staunchly-Democratic shop-a reputation spawned in part by the Boggs family's ties to the party-the firm made a noted effort to cater to Congress' Republican majority during the Clinton years, hiring more Republican lobbyists boasting side-door privileges with the "other side of the aisle." The focal shift proved successful, as the firm took credit for helping kill Clinton's sweeping proposed health care reforms-an analysis accepted by clients who drove firm revenue up by roughly 25 percent over the following two years.

After a few slow years in the late 2000s, Boggs is moving forward, forming a strategic partnership with the business consulting firm Collingwood, and acquiring the Breaux-Lott lobbying boutique. The Breaux-Lott acquisition continues Boggs' bi-partisan outlook, with principals John Breaux, a former Senate Democrat, and Trent Lott, the former Republican Senate Majority Leader, signing on to the Boggs team

IN THE NEWS

February 2012

Washington Powerhouse

Patton Boggs Chairman Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr. was featured in GQ magazine's February list of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, where he was ranked number 14 and deemed "arguably the city's most influential lobbyist for the past two decades."

January 2012

Foundation Fellowship

The Patton Boggs Foundation extended a public policy fellowship to Rutgers University's School of Law-Newark on January 10, 2012. For more than a decade, the Patton Boggs Foundation has empowered individuals to engage in law, public policy, and public service globally by providing resources to support the public service work of law students and legal professionals.

State of the Union

The Patton Boggs annual State of the Union Analysis drafted by the firm's Public Policy practice was cited by Politico and downloaded more than 2,591 times from the Patton Boggs website.

November 2011

Women in Power

Patton Boggs hosted its eighth annual Women in Power® Forum in November 2011, once again bringing together top female leaders from government and across the electric industry in Washington, DC. Each year, the Forum draws key decision makers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to exchange ideas on electric policy issues and explore new ways to improve the industry.

October 2011

Service with a Smile

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint project of the Dallas Bar Association and LegalAid, recognized Patton Boggs' Dallas office as the 2011 "Pro Bono Firm of the Year." Additionally, two Dallas associates received individual honors from the Human Rights Initiative. Attorneys in the Newark office were also honored in October by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, which named the office "Pro Bono Law Firm of the Month" for their contributions.

July 2011

Road Warriors

A group of Washington, DC associates, the "Silk Road Warriors," embarked upon a journey to drive an emergency vehicle purchased with donated funds along the Silk Road, from Germany to Mongolia, as part of the Mongolia Charity Rally. Go Help, a UK charity and Patton Boggs pro bono client, organizes the rally each year to help provide Mongolia with much-needed ambulances and other service vehicles.

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Squire Patton Boggs LLP

2550 M St., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 457-6000
Fax: (202) 457-6315

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Executive Committee Chairman: Thomas Boggs
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 528

Major Office Locations

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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