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Patton Boggs has long been revered as one of the top lobbying firms in town. But over the past year the K Street powerhouse has faced a series of defections, including the exit of high-profile partner Daniel Kracov, an 18-year firm veteran, and lobbyist Kathleen Means, both to Arnold & Porter. More recently, six lawyers in the public policy practice left for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Amid the turbulence, Patton Boggs announced a major restructuring last week that puts younger blood into management positions. “As we get larger, we just in general need more management depth and breadth,” says Stuart Pape, the firm’s longtime managing partner. Though Pape remains in his job, the firm added an additional layer of management, naming lobbyist Edward Newberry and Dallas-based Charles Miller as “deputy managing partners.” Newberry will focus on strategic development, while Miller oversees practice departments. The firm also shook up its public policy practice, naming veteran GOP lobbyist Benjamin Ginsberg and former Latham & Watkins partner Nicholas Allard as co-chairs to replace longtime practice leader John Jonas. Darryl Nirenberg, a former aide to ex-Sen. Jesse Helms, moves up to deputy chair of the practice. Jonas says the changes have less to do with the practice’s struggles than with sharing of managerial duties. “Last year we had the biggest growth in any department of the firm,” says Jonas, who will continue to head up the health care group and is taking over the firm’s two-year-old political action committee, which has raised $232,000 so far this year. The firm also restructured its litigation practice. Robert Luskin, who represents Karl Rove in the CIA leak probe, and Mitchell Berger became co-chairs of the litigation section, replacing former head John Oberdorfer. D.C. partner Eric Kuwana was tapped to be deputy chair. Although Pape acknowledged the changes were “significant,” he stopped short of saying that the moves were part of the firm planning for a future without legendary lobbyist Thomas Boggs Jr. “It’s an effort on our part to ensure that the firm has a sufficient number of partners with significant management experience and responsibility, whatever the future holds,” says Pape.
Anna Palmer can be contacted at [email protected].

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