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Patton Boggs has long looked to secure a toehold in the New York market. Last week, the firm announced its first foray into the region with the acquisition of nearly 30 attorneys from Latham & Watkins’ Newark, N.J., office. The six-partner, two-dozen-associate group brings upward of $20 million in business from a roster of blue-chip clients like Ford Motor Co. and Monsanto Co. Though Latham’s $1.4 million profits per partner dwarf Patton Boggs’ $850,000, the Latham attorneys believe they will fare better under their new firm’s “eat-what-you-kill” compensation system. Yet neither their specialty (litigation) nor their location (across the Hudson River) puts them in line with traditional New York power practices. And the group’s focus on defending toxic torts is an unusual pairing for Patton Boggs, longtime counsel to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Still, Stuart Pape, Patton Boggs’ managing partner, says the firm is on its way to erecting a substantial New York profile. He’s set to visit the city this week to sign a lease in Manhattan, where some of the former Latham attorneys will move. And he is poised to acquire some new transactional attorneys. “We have said for a long time that getting a successful presence in New York was our most important strategic objective, and we’re delighted that we’re well on our way to doing that,” Pape says.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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