Patton Boggs, LLP

Main office 2550 M Street, NW, | Washington | DC | 20037
Phone 202-457-6000 
Fax 202-457-6315 
Year of establishment 1962
Number of offices 9
Largest office Washington
Number of attorneys 600
Number of associates 190
Number of partners 228
Partner: associate ratio 1.20
Percent women attorneys 24.50
Percent minority attorneys 12.80
Percent gay attorneys 1.80


At Patton Boggs, we go beyond the obvious. By combining legal expertise with lobbying know-how and business savvy, we offer insights and perspectives that others can’t. Over the past fifty years, we have established ourselves as a trusted partner and have formed strategic alliances with government and industry leaders within the United States and abroad. This collaborative approach means that we can represent our clients’ best interests through legal, legislative, and executive action. As a result, we are consistently ranked among the top law and advocacy firms. Founded in 1962, we were the first major law firm to recognize that all three branches of government offered avenues to achieve our clients’ goals. What started as an international law firm specializing in global business and trade has since evolved into a full-service firm covering all areas of legal practice. The Patton Boggs team comprises nearly 350 lawyers and professionals in offices around the world. Supported by a firm culture that encourages collaboration across political, geographical, and practice-area boundaries, our clients benefit from a dynamic group of problem solvers with access to cutting-edge resources and ideas.

Areas of practice

  • Administrative and Regulatory
  • Antitrust
  • Competition Policy
  • and Trade Regulation
  • Appropriations
  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Business
  • Construction Projects
  • Infrastructure
  • and Finance
  • Consumer Products
  • Corporate Finance
  • Employee Benefits
  • Compensation and ERISA
  • Employment Law
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Law
  • Federal Marketing
  • Firm Overview
  • Food and Drug
  • Government Contracts
  • Health and Safety Law – OSHA/ MSHA/ NIOSH
  • Health Care
  • FDA and Life Sciences
  • Homeland Security

  • Defense
  • and Technology Transfer
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Infrastructure and Private Capital
  • Insurance and Reinsurance Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Practice
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Practice
  • Municipal Representation
  • Native American Affairs
  • Political Law
  • Postal Regulation
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Public Policy and Lobbying
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sovereign Representation
  • Sustainability and Clean Technology
  • Tax
  • Technology and Communications
  • Trade and Trade Policy
  • Transportation and Infrastructure

Awards and recognitions

Patton Boggs has been ranked among the nation's Top 100 AmLaw firms since 2002.
It is consistently ranked as the nation's top lobbying firm by various industry and national publications.
The firm was named Best USA Law Firm: Regulatory and Public Procurement 2012 at the International Legal Alliance Summit and Awards (ILASA) held June 14, 2012 in Paris. The award recognizes Patton Boggs for excellence in the practice of regulatory and public procurement law. It is the third time in four years that the firm won the Gold Award, having also been recognized as best US Regulatory and Public Procurement firm in 2009 and 2010.
According to The National Law Journal's "NLJ 250" regional report, Patton Boggs ranks among the largest firms in the New Jersey, Denver, Washington and Dallas markets. April 2, 2012.
Patton Boggs was ranked twice in the National Law Journal's annual Legal Times 150 listing of the largest Washington Law Firms. The firm was ranked 8th in the "All-firms" listing, being one of the few firms that grew (headcount) in 2011. In the "Homegrown Firms" list of the top 25 firms that got their start in Washington, Patton Boggs placed 7th. December 2011.
Patton Boggs ranked 74th out of 250 law firms (annual ranking by number of attorneys), The National Law Journal, April 25, 2011.
The firm continues to be No.1 in terms of lobbying revenue (as reported for 4th quarter) according to various reports in The Hill, The Washington Post and Roll Call, January 2011.
The American Lawyer 2012 Midlevel Associate Survey ranks Patton Boggs 21 out of 129 national firms.
Patton Boggs Ranked 45th in the American Lawyer 2012 Summer Associate Survey
The firm was ranked No. 20 out of the AmLaw 200 for its pro bono contributions in 2011 by The American Lawyer. With a score of 76.30, the firm's attorneys dedicated 46,062 hours to pro bono work in 2011.
Patton Boggs has also been profiled on the CBS news program "60 Minutes" and in many major publications, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune and Vanity Fair.
Patton Boggs' Doha office was recognized as a "Premier Firm" by Intercontinental Finance Magazine for its diligent work and client-focused service in 2012.
IFLR1000 ranks Patton Boggs as a 2011 Leading Law Firm in Qatar.
The Legal 500 ranks Patton Boggs' Qatar office as a Top Foreign Firm in 2011, citing its "broad local knowledge and strong history in the country."
"Legal Excellence Award 2011" for "Law Firm Of The Year - Arbitration, Commercial Litigation And Dispute Resolution," InterContinental Finance Magazine, March 2011.
International Legal Alliance Summit named the firm a "Golden Award Winner" for Best Law Firm: Public Procurement, Public Law and Government Relations, 2009-2010.
In just under a decade, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index has become the foremost benchmark for major U.S. businesses to gauge their level of LGBT workplace inclusion. In 2012, a year in which the HRC made its reporting criteria more stringent, Patton Boggs received the maximum number of points in 7 out of the 8 ranking criteria. March 2012.
Patton Boggs was ranked in Yale Law School's "2009 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List" for leadership in developing and implementing family-friendly work policies, August 20, 2009.
The firm was recognized as the 2011 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year by the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), a joint project of the Dallas Bar Association and LegalAid of Northwest Texas.
Multicultural Law magazine has ranked the firm as one of the nation's Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity every year since 2005.
For two years in a row, Patton Boggs has been named one of the nation's "Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother magazine and national legal consulting firm Flex-Time Lawyers LLC (2007 and 2008). The firm was specifically singled out for its vision, accomplishment and unparalleled success supporting working mothers with a healthy work/life balance, retaining female attorneys and promoting outstanding women.
In 2010, Patton Boggs was awarded two Pearl Awards by the Custom Publishing Council for Capital Thinking. This marks the fourth year in a row that the firm has received Pearl Awards for its work. In 2009, it was awarded five Pearl Awards by the Custom Publishing Council for Capital Thinking magazine and WorldView.
In 2010, Patton Boggs has been awarded the 2010 "Best Law Firm Publication" for Capital Thinking Magazine by The Burton Awards for Lifetime Achievement.

Hiring criteria

Applicants must have proven top academic achievement, solid writing and verbal skills, exceptional judgment and ethical standards and a team player attitude. Individuals who take initiative and are committed to finding innovative solutions to legal issues are usually hired. Considerable importance is placed on the assessment of professional potential through the interview process.


Patton Boggs believes that a great law firm likes the clients it serves, and it is rich in diversity. Differences in background, gender, race, education, culture, sexual orientation, and life experience create a multidimensional and rewarding work experience, one that simultaneously nurtures and challenges each employee.

And Patton Boggs is such a firm. It recognizes that diversity produces an inspired environment generating more creative thinking, better solutions, and increased understanding. The firm welcomes and encourages the benefits that flow from promoting diversity in its offices, and it strongly believes that diversity is essential to the firm's success, both for its employees and for its clients.

This renowned law firm enthusiastically complies with the letter and spirit of Equal Employment Opportunity. It is fundamental at Patton Boggs that employment and human resource policies and decisions be adopted and implemented without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital or veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, family responsibility, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other characteristics protected by applicable laws. By strictly adhering to this policy, the firm pledges its commitment to complying fully with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding Equal Employment Opportunity for all individuals.

To increase the presence and retention of under-represented groups, Patton Boggs attends minority job fairs. It outreaches law student groups and recruits students from law schools with large minority population. It attends bar-sponsored programs.

Patton Boggs was the first large Washington, DC law firm to incorporate an African American within the ranks of its partnership with the hiring of former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown in 1981.

The firm's diversity committee, having both attorneys and staff, is charged with the mission of developing new ideas and approaches to achieve the goal of making Patton Boggs one of the leading firms in the country for diversity and inclusion. Over the years, Patton Boggs has sponsored or participated in diversity recruiting programs and proudly supports a wide range of diversity-related events, organizations and initiatives. It has fostered a close relationship with the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association. For five years running, it has served as title sponsor of the Mid-Atlantic BLSA's Annual Convention. The firm also hosted, in fall of 2011, MABLSA's 1L academic retreat in its Washington, DC office.

In 2008, Patton Boggs became one of the three founding law firms of Anapata, the first diversity-focused online recruiting and networking platform created for the purpose of linking diverse law students, student organizations and law firms.

Patton Boggs commits annually $30,000 for three scholarships as part of the Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program, established by the Minority Corporation Counsel Association. Additionally, the firm established an annual scholarship with the National Council of La Raza to award a $10,000 fellowship to underwrite a first-year Hispanic/Latino law student in summer employment.

Further, Patton Boggs embraces and promotes a variety of diversity organizations and initiatives. It encourages its employees to serve on boards, committees and other governing bodies within organizations that share the same commitment to diversity. It supports Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National LGBT Bar Association, National Hispanic Bar Association, Women's Bar Association and such other organizations.

Patton Boggs has also created innovative diversity-oriented connections to the business and non-profit community; the diversity committee has developed several unique firm programs.

The Firm reasonably accommodates an employee's or applicant's physical or mental disability as necessary and appropriate to enable the individual to be fairly evaluated for employment and to perform the essential functions of any position for which the individual is qualified. The Firm reasonably accommodates an individual's religious obligations as required by law.

Summer associate program

The firm offers a nine-week summer associate program in its Dallas, Denver, New York/New Jersey and Washington, D.C. offices. The summer program gives associates a fairly accurate picture of what life as a junior associate is like at the firm.

Summer associates find their own work through a free-market system, which is monitored by the recruiting committee to ensure that each summer associate works in a variety of practice areas. They can attend an unlimited number of lunches with attorneys. In the D.C. office, the lunch budget is $30 per person, but increases to $40 on Fridays. Other offices have policies tailored to their own locations.

The firm holds weekly social events, ranging from a barbecue at a partner's home to a boat cruise to an evening at a comedy club. You get a friendly and relaxed atmosphere at the firm.

In 2009, the firm made offers of permanent employment to 66% of its 29 summer associates, but increased the offer rate to 85% of the 18 members in its 2010 summer associate class. To date, the firm has not deferred and has no plans to defer start dates for incoming associates.

BlackBerrys are provided to summer associates.

Campus Interviews are held at the following places:

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Columbia University Law School
Cornell Law School
Fordham University School of Law
New York University School of Law
Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
Rutgers University School of Law - Newark
Seton Hall Law School
University of Pennsylvania Law School

The firm attends the following career fairs:

Lavender Law Career Fair
Law Consortium Job Fair
Midwest California Law Consortium
National Law School Consortium
Rutgers Career Fair
Seton Hall Career Fair

Salary & benefits

  • Y1 $0-$160,000.00


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • Child Care Subsidy
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Health Club Membership
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Medical Spending Account
  • Parental Leave
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

Benefits Package:

Health, dental, vision, life, disability, accidental death/dismemberment, long-term care, supplemental life insurance, flex spending/dependent care spending account, 401(K), bar association fees, CLE, health club membership subsidy, EAP, health advocacy benefit, family medical leave, PTO, flexible and partially paid leave of absence policy for personal, professional and other reasons, alternative work schedule options, emergency childcare for DC office, relocation assistance, laptop, Blackberry, business casual dress code.

Working for the Patton Boggs, LLP

    Patton Boggs has the right balance between work, home life and other pursuits. You are encouraged to get the best out of this opportunity. You will have the right atmosphere for working. The firm offers you support and assistance in the form of advice, information, and programs that are supported by firm management and administered through its Human Resources Department.

Pro bono

    Patton Boggs has a long-standing commitment to the development and delivery of legal services to people of limited means. At the heart of Patton Boggs' reputation for energy and excellence is the firm's commitment to public service-it believes that lawyers have an obligation to give back to their communities. The firm also believes that pro bono work is good for the firm-community service fosters social justice, improves the quality of a lawyer's life, has a positive effect on legal skills and enhances professionalism.

    The firm recommends that all lawyers do pro bono work, and requires that associates perform a minimum of 100 hours of pro bono service per year. The firm has maintained its remarkable pro bono momentum by developing an incredibly diverse range of opportunities for its volunteers.

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