Squire Patton Boggs LLP at a Glance


  • “Fascinating white-collar cases”
  • “My colleagues”
  • “Commitment to pro bono”


  • “Lack of transparency”
  • “The old school feel”
  • “Technology somewhat dated”

The Buzz

  • “Lobby, lobby, lobby”
  • “Courteous”
  • “Conservative”
  • “Too political”

About Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Effective June 1, 2014, Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs merged to create Squire Patton Boggs.  The combined firm consists of over 1,500 lawyers spanning 44 offices in 21 countries.  The bulk of this profile refers to Patton Boggs prior to its combination with Squire Sanders. All demographic data is representative of Patton Boggs as of the date of the Vault survey. Data does not reflect Squire Sanders. The rankings apply to the pre-combination Patton Boggs.

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 is engaged in 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 and merged with smaller firms 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 Thomas H. Boggs, Jr. 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 powerful Louisiana congressman (and House Majority Leader) Thomas Hale Boggs Sr., who served in the House from 1941 until his death in 1972. Congressman Boggs' wife, Lindy Boggs filled her late husband's congressional seat where she remained until 1991; she also was appointed ambassador to the Vatican by President Clinton in 1997. Also brother to future political journalist Cokie Roberts, Tommy spent his youth around a number of 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. The results were (and continue to be) staggering. Patton Boggs consistently ranks at the top of various industry surveys and is widely considered the "go to" firm for legislative advocacy. Should clients' legal concerns take them to Capitol Hill, they know the best advice will be from the lawyers at Patton Boggs.

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.


January 2014

State of the Union Experts
Patton Boggs released "The State of the Union in 2014," a succinct yet substantial analysis of President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address on January 28, 2014. The analysis, which details key agenda items and priorities for the remainder of the year as laid out by President Obama in his fifth State of the Union address, was cited by Politico, in addition to various news outlets. The firm publishes an extensive analysis following each presidential election and State of the Union address which features insights from Patton Boggs attorneys and policy professionals who have considerable experience in the Washington political arena.

November 2013

Creating Opportunities for Women
Patton Boggs joined the 'WOMEN ACHIEVE' initiative, a program developed by AmCham Abu Dhabi to promote the professional development of women employed throughout the city. WOMEN ACHIEVE was created by the AmCham Abu Dhabi Women in Business Committee in January 2013 to encourage companies to offer female employees more opportunities to advance to leadership positions within their organizations.

October 2013

Celebrating 10 years in Qatar
The Doha office of Patton Boggs marked its 10-year anniversary in October 2013. In 2003, Patton Boggs became the first U.S. law firm licensed to practice in Qatar upon the invitation of H.H. the Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Patton Boggs the only U.S. law firm with lawyers admitted to the Qatar bar and with a license to advise clients on all aspects of Qatar law.

Award Winning Pro Bono
Attorneys in the Patton Boggs Dallas office were recognized by the Dallas Bar Association for exceptional pro bono commitment with the 2013 Gold Award for Pro Bono Service. The honor was presented at the Dallas Bar Association's Annual Pro Bono Awards Celebration. Patton Boggs has been recognized for its outstanding pro bono work by the Dallas Bar Association for 12 consecutive years.

Funding Fellowship Opportunities
The Patton Boggs Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Colorado Law School, awarded a recent graduate of the law school a Post-Graduate Fellowship in Energy Law and Policy. Since 2005, the Patton Boggs Foundation has funded more than 125 fellowships to open the field of public policy to new lawyers with a demonstrated interest in public service, by providing them with opportunities to spend their summers working for either government organizations or nonprofits on public policy matters.

September 2013

A Capital Idea
Patton Boggs launched the 'Capital Thinking Blog' to provide readers of the firm's popular weekly Capital Thinking Updates newsletter with timely news and analysis of policy developments in a number of key issue areas. 'Capital Thinking Blog' features insightful and informative contributions from Patton Boggs attorneys and policy professionals and offers subscribers customizable blog updates. 

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Squire Patton Boggs LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Hiring Partner: Aneca E. Lasley
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 433

  • Employment Contact
    Quinn Anderson Legal Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (202) 457-6163
    Fax: (202) 457-6315
    E-mail:  quinn.anderson@squirepb.com

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not provide salary information. 

  • Summer Associate Offers
    14 out of 15 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Administrative and Regulatory Law
    Antitrust Litigation
    Asset-Based Finance
    Banking and Financial Institutions
    Bankruptcy and Restructuring
    Business Organization
    Commercial And Transactional
    Commercial Litigation
    Construction Litigation
    Corporate Governance/Compliance
    Employee Compensation/ERISA
    Employment Law
    Energy and the Environment
    Environmental Law
    Financial Services and Tax
    Food and Drug
    Global Regional Practices
    Government Contracts
    Government Investigations and White Collar Defense
    Government Relations and Lobbying
    Government Response and Investigations
    Health and Safety Law (OSHA/MSHA)
    Health Care
    Health Care Litigation
    Intellectual Property Business Transactions
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    Intellectual Property Prosecution
    International Arbitration
    Islamic Finance
    Litigation and Dispute Resolution
    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Mezzanine Finance
    Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
    Native American Affairs
    Political and Election Law
    Private Investment Funds
    Project Finance
    Renewable Energy
    Sovereign Representation
    Structured Finance
    Tax Planning and Structuring
    Tax Policy Advocacy
    Toxic Torts and Products Liability
    Trade Law and Policy

Major Office Locations

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • New York, NY
  • Newark, NJ
  • Washington, DC
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Doha
  • Dubai
  • Riyadh
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