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A successful new life sciences practice helped Patton Boggs achieve a 10 percent increase in local revenue last year over 2001. The firm’s D.C.-area revenue was about $128.6 million in 2002, up from $117.2 million in 2001. The practice, which opened in the firm’s Northern Virginia office in February 2002, started with six lawyers, but expanded to 11 by the end of 2002, says Stuart Pape, Patton Boggs’ managing partner. As a result of the new specialty, the firm was able to land such new clients as medical supplies manufacturer Becton, Dickinson and Co. and the local Digene, which develops and manufactures gene-based disease testing systems. Pape says the firm’s diversity of practice areas has helped it increase its revenue in a poor economic climate. Although it wasn’t a boom year for corporate and financial practices, the firm managed to hold its own elsewhere. “There were a number of areas in which we were busier than we expected,” Pape says. “I think those areas more than offset any softness in transactional areas.” In addition to the new intellectual property practice in Northern Virginia, litigation and public policy were strong in 2002, he says. The lobbying arm of Patton Boggs brought in $56.1 million in 2002 and earned the top spot in lobbying earnings among D.C. law firms in a recent Influenceranking. (Go to influence.bizand click on “Special Reports” for survey results.) Some of the firm’s top clients include Mars Inc. and AOL Time Warner. A practice heavy in lobbying often sees lower partner profits because fewer associates can be billed for each client. Partner profits at Patton Boggs, however, did go up about 10 percent in 2002, up to $520,000 in 2002 from $471,000 in 2001. Patton Boggs wants to remain at the top of the pack among law firms in lobbying. “We’re doing everything we can to maintain that position,” Pape says. “But we’ve built up capabilities in other areas.” Although Patton Boggs added practice areas, the firm lost 10 lawyers locally in 2002. Pape says this was not by design. “That’s an accident of a count at a particular point in time,” he says. “There’s no particular pattern there.”

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