Challenging Work + Supportive Environment = Happy Lawyers
Patton Boggs is one of the very best law firms to work for in the United States, according to the 2013 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms. In fact, the firm ranked at number 3—out of the top 100 law firms on the list—as an overall best firm to work for. Our impressive ranking is based on responses to the annual Vault survey on a range of topics related to attorney satisfaction with their work at the firm.
It’s not difficult to identify why Patton Boggs lawyers offer such enthusiastic, positive comments on their experiences at the firm. Our philosophy is simple yet effective. We encourage our lawyers to pursue their personal legal interests, to uncover and capitalize on their strengths, and to make full use of the many ways the firm fosters professional growth and personal achievement. The result is a content and fulfilled team of top-notch professionals.
Vault Guide to the 2013 Top Law Firms
Comments made by Patton Boggs associates and published in the Vault Guide to the 2013 Top Law Firms offer unique insight into how they feel about life at the firm. Hiring, according to one associate, emphasizes fit: “They really looked for a fit of personality and workplace culture, which contributes to the less strict culture of the firm.” Another noted that the firm “is more interested in a well-rounded candidate who will get along with colleagues and perform well in front of courts, clients and people on the Hill.” Yet another noted the firm’s “independent, entrepreneurial outlook.”
Associate life is marked by a laid-back culture, close relationships between partners and associates, and the opportunity to do cutting-edge work. “The projects available to young associates are incredible. The flexibility I have in carving out my own niche is incredible,” noted one associate. Added another, “junior associates do particularly well here—we get challenging assignments that my friends at other firms would not receive until later in their careers.”
Challenging work, excellent partner to associate ratio, and high-level client exposure also marked associate comments with respect to associate life. Associates also commented on firm culture (“incredibly tight knit, from socializing outside of the office, to monthly in-office cocktail hours and yoga classes”), associate/partner relations (partners were identified as “demanding” but “respectful” and “genuinely concerned with my career development”) and pro bono. Associates interested in significant pro bono requirements will indeed have the opportunity to provide as much as 100 hours of pro bono legal service per year.
Compensation and professional development also received high marks from associates, as did diversity and green initiatives. “Patton Boggs encourages diversity and hires and promotes accordingly” said one associate. Another mentioned the firm’s Green Committee, and the fact that it “tries to make the firm more conscious of environmentally friendly decisions.”
Trusted Advisors – Around the Nation and Around the Globe
Patton Boggs is widely acknowledged as the top firm in the United States for legislative advocacy and lobbying, public policy and administrative and regulatory law. Based on the firm’s historical roots in Washington DC, Patton Boggs lawyers are frequently identified as thought leaders in the policy arena as well as administrative and regulatory law. The firm’s work in the international arena, which also stretches back to the firm’s early years, includes representing the interests of sovereign governments in Washington DC, and legal counsel on a host of international matters. In recent years, the firm’s core practice has expanded to include a business practice with an international reputation, strong capabilities in corporate finance, and a formidable litigation and dispute resolution practice.
Patton Boggs also offers practices built around a number of key industry sectors or aligned with the most significant federal regulatory agencies, including practices focused on health care, energy and natural resources, food and drug, telecommunications and technology, insurance and reinsurance, and transportation and infrastructure. Patton Boggs serves a diverse range of clients, with multinational and cross-border interests, throughout the world.
Recognized for Excellence—by Peers, Clients and the Legal Trade Press
Industry publications, peer law firms and clients frequently recognize Patton Boggs for excellence, through publications that rank top law firms, surveys of in-house counsel to identify top lawyers and the firms in which they practice, and client satisfaction surveys.
Patton Boggs has ranked in the top 100 US law firms in a survey conducted by American Lawyer Magazine every year since 2002. The firm also consistently achieves top rankings from Chambers USA, which recognizes leading law practices according to six “bands,” all of which recognize levels of excellence with Band 1 representing top honors.
Patton Boggs was recognized in 2013 by Chambers USA in the following practices:
Band 1 Government Relations
Band 2 Political Law
General Commercial Litigation – Anchorage, Alaska Office
Band 3 Food and Beverage, Regulatory and Litigation
Native American Law; Privacy and Data Security
Band 4 Construction
American Lawyer Media recognized Patton Boggs as a Go-To Law Firm®– a firm widely recognized for excellence in a particular area – for financial services companies in the areas of litigation, corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and securities. Patton Boggs is a “go-to” resource for technology companies in the intellectual property area.
First Place Ranking in Pro Bono in 2013 Vault Guide
Our commitment to pro bono work is reflected in our #1 ranking in pro bono in the 2013 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms quality of life charts. This ranking also reflects associate satisfaction with the program and the support they receive toward meeting the firm’s pro bono requirements.
Our pro bono client list is exhaustive and includes such organizations as the Children’s Law Center, the Whitman Walker Aids Clinic, the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Appleseed and numerous others. We believe that our genuine commitment to pro bono benefits everyone, both the community at large and the lawyers who give their time to public service.
At Patton Boggs we recognize that our power is in our people. We believe that diversity produces an inspired workplace—one that generates more creative thinking and better solutions. The firm sponsors fellowship programs for law students in partnership with such groups as the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Council of La Raza and the firm's own Patton Boggs Foundation.
Our diversity efforts have been lauded by several national organizations. We are ranked at #18 for diversity with respect to women and #25 with respect to minorities in the 2013 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms quality of life rankings. We have attained rankings in the top 100 for five consecutive years, and have increased our position each year.
Part of being a leader in diversity means living up to that responsibility, which is why Patton Boggs embraces and promotes a variety of organizations and initiatives that empower our people. We encourage and support employees who serve on boards, committees and other governing bodies within organizations that share the same commitment to diversity. A snapshot of just some of those we support includes:
• Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence
• Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
• Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, National LGBT Bar Association
• Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association
• National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
• National Hispanic Bar Association
• Women’s Bar Association
Headlines and History
Part of the excitement of working at Patton Boggs is the opportunity to learn from high-profile individuals who have made headlines—and history—based on their involvement at the highest levels of government. Our reputation for excellence in public policy, and as a leader in administrative and regulatory law attracts many former public servants to the firm upon their decision to enter private practice. Over the years, a number of our professionals have joined the firm from the highest levels of government, including serving in Congress and other elected positions, in senior staff positions at the White House, in Executive Branch agencies, and the national committees of the two major political parties, among many others.
Patton Boggs often attracts veterans from a wide range of government agencies and departments, including the departments of Treasury, Justice, and Homeland Security. In recent years, former executive-level professionals have joined the firm from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Election Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Practice
From regulatory litigation and government contracts to product liability and toxic torts, Patton Boggs lawyers have represented clients in countless high-profile, high-stakes cases, both domestically and abroad. Our experienced litigation team often collaborates with other practice groups to develop approaches to litigation informed by the insights and perspectives of our public policy and business practices. This interdisciplinary, highly collaborative approach greatly enhances the scope of practice areas to which our associates are exposed and fosters innovative, creative solutions.
Patton Boggs’ domestic and international business practice provides comprehensive legal services in support of businesses and non-profit organizations operating in the United States and throughout the world. Our lawyers routinely handle complex matters for a variety of clients, including banks, investors in transportation and infrastructure, municipalities and state governments, institutional and strategic investors, investment and hedge fund sponsors, multinational corporations, mezzanine and asset-based lenders, non-profit organizations, small business investment companies (SBICs) and underwriters.