For more than 40 years, Patton Boggs has maintained a reputation for cutting-edge advocacy by working closely with Congress and regulatory agencies in Washington, litigating in courts across the country, and negotiating business transactions around the world. Its partners include women and men with extensive backgrounds in government service with strong ties to both major political parties, and to top-flight litigators and individuals with a keen understanding of business and finance.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C. Patton Boggs has more than 600 lawyers and professionals in nine locations in the United States and the Middle East. It specializes in litigation, public policy, business, intellectual property, international and trade law with over 200 international clients from over 70 countries. In addition to the firm's Washington, D.C. headquarters, it maintains offices in New York City, Newark, Anchorage, Dallas, Denver, Northern Virginia, Doha, Qatar and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Patton Boggs began as an international law firm concentrating in global business and trade in 1962. While the firm has maintained its focus on international and trade law, it has become a full-service firm with a national presence in every major area of legal representation. It is among the first law firms to recognize that all the three branches of the government could serve as forums to achieve client goals, enabling it to emerge as the nation’s leading public policy law firm.
The firm values working with lawyers and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds. It has thus created an interesting, relaxed, and supportive office environment reflecting its one firm, one community philosophy. Like Patton Boggs, a firm that believes in such philosophy does not have geographic, political, and practice-driven barriers. It has a culture of inclusion and open communication. A unity of direction and purpose connects offices and departments, with resources, ideas, and information freely shared.
At Patton Boggs, there is respect for and appreciation of the contributions of a diverse group of team members. Leadership roles are shared among offices, and there is trust and mutual support as people with equal voices work together to achieve the firm’s goal.
Founded by James R. Patton, Jr. and joined later by George Blow and then Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr., it participated in the formation of every major multilateral trade agreement considered by Congress.Boggs joined the firm in 1966 after serving as an economist for the Joint Executive Committee and in the executive office of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The 2008 Vault.com survey of 18,800 associates ranked Patton Boggs as having the second best record for pro bono work in the country. The firm recommends that all lawyers do pro bono work. Each associate has a commitment to perform a minimum of 100 hours of pro bono service per year.
Areas of practice
Administrative and Regulatory
and Trade Regulation
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Compensation and ERISA
Energy and Natural Resources
Food and Drug
Health and Safety Law – OSHA/ MSHA/ NIOSH
FDA and Life Sciences
and Technology Transfer
Infrastructure and Private Capital
Insurance and Reinsurance Dispute Resolution
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Mergers and Acquisitions
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Practice
Native American Affairs
Privacy and Data Security
Public Policy and Lobbying
Sustainability and Clean Technology
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.
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
MABLSA Job Fair
Midwest California Law Consortium
National Law School Consortium
Rutgers Career Fair
Seton Hall Career Fair
Salary & benefits
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
Child Care Subsidy
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Health Club Membership
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Medical Spending Account
Short-term Disability Insurance
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
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.
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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