Squire Patton Boggs at a Glance

The Buzz

  • “Lobbyists”
  • “On the upswing”
  • “Lost reputation after merger”
  • “Tumultuous”

About Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a multi-disciplinary team of over 1500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries on five continents. Their expansion has been through a unique mix of organic growth, to match client needs both globally and locally, and astute combinations. Given their geographic reach, the firm is well-suited to support clients who span every type of business, both private and public, worldwide.

Growing Up Globally

The firm's roots and culture are firmly planted in the manufacturing and industrial heartlands of both the United States and Europe-in the late 1800's Squire Sanders was founded in Cleveland, Ohio while AV Hammond opened shop in Bradford, England. Organic growth on both sides of the Atlantic, firmly established these firms as a force to be reckoned with over the years, and their growth was supplemented by some major combinations throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s, giving them significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

As Squire Sanders & Dempsey, the firm was one of the first in the U.S. to establish a permanent presence in Eastern Europe, opening an office in Prague in 1990. Later through the acquisition of the California, Tokyo, and Beijing offices of Graham & James, they became one of the longest tenured U.S. law firms in Japan. In 2005, the firm branched into Latin America and grew deeper roots in Florida by adding offices in Santo Domingo and West Palm Beach through the acquisition of Steel Hector & Davis LLP. 2011 marked a dynamic year for the firm: Squire Sanders & Dempsey combined with Hammonds, enhancing its presence in the U.K. and Western Europe. Shortly after, lawyers from Perth-based Minter Ellison joined the firm, further expanding its significant presence in the fast-growing Asia Pacific market, with new offices across Australia.

Squire, meet Patton Boggs

In June 2014, Squire Sanders combined with DC-lobbying powerhouse Patton Boggs to create Squire Patton Boggs, The merger brought together the strengths of a global legal platform and a preeminent public policy practice, while gaining a leading position in the Middle East and several new locations in the US. The post-merger transition has been a bit rocky: lobbying revenue dropped sharply in 2014 and the firm had to drop a case on behalf of the sugar industry (a big Squire client) because their opponents in that case, corn-syrup manufacturers, were Patton Boggs clients in another matter. Several profitable partners left the firm just after the merger. More recently however, the firm has signed a bunch of new lobbying clients and in February 2016 merged with San Francisco-based Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, a complex litigation and products risk management firm, to total more than 1,500 lawyers spanning 45 offices in 21 countries. The combination significantly increased the firm's presence in California and Germany with the addition of an office in Böblingen.

Storied Legacy in Politics

The firm is home to a number of former policy makers, lobbyists and politicians. Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and former Senate Chief Deputy Whip John Breaux (D-LA) co-lead the firms' Public Policy Practice. The Practice boasts a number of Capitol Hill veterans including: former US Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater; former U.S. House member Jack Kingston (R-GA); David Schnittger, who served as Deputy Chief of Staff to former House Speaker John Boehner; Jack Deschauer; former Director of Senate Affairs for the Secretary of Defense; Al Cardenas, former  Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida; Samuel Adcock, former Legislative Director for then Senator Trent Lott; and Frank Wisner, former ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines, and India.

On the Keyboard

Squire Patton Boggs lawyers can also be found connecting with clients and the legal community in the blogosphere. The firm hosts the following blogs on its site: the Anticorruption Blog; Brexit Legal Blog; Capital Thinking Blog; Compensation and Benefits-Global Insights Blog; Conflict Minerals Law Blog; Down the Wire Blog; Employment Law Worldview Blog; eSquire Global Crossings Blog; frESH: Perspectives on Environmental, Safety & Health; Global Business IP and Technology Blog; Global Supply Chain Law Blog; Insurance & Reinsurance Disputes Blog; La Revue; Northern Powerhouse Law Blog; O-I-CEE Blog, Public Finance Tax Blog; Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog; The Trade Practitioner Blog; Triage-Health Law Blog; UK Finance Disputes and Regulatory Investigations Blog; and U.K. Planning Law Blog.


June 2016
Multiple Monitorships

Demonstrating Squire Patton Boggs' strength in public policy, government investigations, litigation and longstanding experience in various sectors, the firm has been appointed to several high-profile monitorship positions. Former US Secretary of Transportation and Squire Patton Boggs partner Rodney Slater was appointed as Independent Monitor of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (US) (FCA) under the FCA Consent Order by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As Monitor, Secretary Slater leads a Squire Patton Boggs team of over 50-lawyers, from more than 10 of the firm's offices. The firm's White Collar Practice was appointed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for an 18-month Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) monitorship of Weatherford International. The monitorship resulted from one of the largest-ever FCPA investigations and involves a review of the company's compliance practices in such countries as China, Congo, India, Egypt, Brazil, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Colombia. The firm was also appointed by the U.S. Department of Education as Independent Monitor of Zenith Education Group, the operator of Corinthian Colleges, one of the largest for-profit higher education systems in the US before its closure.

May 2016
Public Service Initiative

The Public Service Initiative (PSI) is an innovative program of full-time lawyers handling some of the nation's most complex, demanding pro bono matters including death penalty cases, vindication of innocence, misuse of solitary confinement and litigation involving violations of constitutional rights. Over the past year, PSI has won a number of high-profile victories including the release of Albert Woodfox of the "Angola 3" after more than four decades in solitary confinement; Gary Tyler's release after 42 years behind bars, and winning a settlement on behalf of four journalists in a Ferguson civil rights lawsuit.

March 2016
Decision Down Under

The Federal Court of Australia has approved a settlement in the long-running class action litigation brought by a number of public sector, local government institutions and private investors against Standard & Poor's and its owner McGraw-Hill Financial. Squire Patton Boggs acted for the claimants in this very complex, high-value financial product litigation. 

September 2015
Bahamas Bankruptcy

In September 2015, the Bankruptcy Court of the District of Delaware took the rare step of granting a motion dismissing 14 of 15 bankruptcy cases in favor of foreign insolvency proceedings in the Bahamas. The motion was brought by Squire Patton Boggs' client CCA Bahamas, Ltd. in the case of Baha Mar, a $3.5 billion, 3.3 million square foot resort located in the Bahamas, and one of the largest projects of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. This decision was one of the most important and closely watched bankruptcy decisions of 2015.

July 2015

The initial public offering of Rai Way SpA, which took place in November 2014 and on which the firm acted as US counsel to the issuer, has been awarded 'IPO of the Year' in Italy at the Legalcommunity Corporate M&A Awards held in Milan. Legalcommunity is a leading on-line and paper publication servicing legal professionals in Italy. Rai Way, one of Italy's leading operators of television and radio broadcasting infrastructure and a leading provider of tower hosting services, successfully listed on Italy's main market, the MTA, with trading commencing on November 19.

May 2015
Pound for Pound

Squire Patton Boggs represented Poundworld Retal Ltd., a leading value variety retailer in the United Kingdom, in the sale of a majority stake in its company for approximately £150 million ($236.5 million) to global private investment firm TPG Capital Management LP in an effort to expand its stores throughout the country. The firm deal team was recognized for "Deal of the Year" at Yorkshire Business Insider's Dealmakers Awards 2015.

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Squire Patton Boggs

4900 Key Tower
127 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (216) 479-8500


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman/Global CEO: Mark J. Ruehlmann
  • Hiring Partner: Aneca E. Lasley
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 1,500

  • Base Salary

    The firm does not disclose salary information.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    19 out of 24 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Aerospace, Defense & Government Services • Africa • Aviation • Brands & Consumer Products • Business Immigration • Chemicals • Communications • Competition–Antitrust • Construction & Engineering • Corporate • Data Privacy & Cybersecurity • Energy & Natural Resources • Environmental, Safety & Health • Financial Services • German • Government Investigations & White Collar • Healthcare • Hospitality & Leisure • India • Industrial Products • Infrastructure • Institutional Investors • Intellectual Property & Technology • International Dispute Resolution • International Trade • Labor & Employment • Italy • Latin America • Life Sciences • Litigation • Media & Advertising • Pensions • Private Investment Funds • Public & Infrastructure Finance • Public Policy • Real Estate • Restructuring & Insolvency • Retail • Sovereign & Institutional Investors • Sports & Entertainment • Tax Credit Finance & Community Development • Tax Strategy & Benefits • Transportation, Shipping & Logistics

Major Office Locations

  • Cincinnati, OH • Cleveland, OH • Columbus, OH • Dallas, TX • Denver, CO • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • New York, NY • Tysons, VA • Palo Alto, CA • Phoenix, AZ • San Francisco, CA • Tampa, FL • Washington DC • West Palm Beach, FL Abu Dhabi • Beijing • Berlin • Birmingham • Böblingen • Bratislava • Brussels • Budapest • Darwin • Doha • Dubai • Frankfurt • Hong Kong • Kyiv • Leeds • London • Madrid • Manchester • Moscow • Paris • Perth • Prague • Riyadh • Santo Domingo • Seoul • Shanghai • Singapore • Sydney • Tokyo • Warsaw