Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks is hiring a chief operating officer from an IP competitor firm, Fish & Richardson, as the boutique prepares for expansion into Washington, D.C.

Rick Anderson, who will step into the position Jan. 21 at Boston-founded Wolf Greenfield, had been the COO at Fish since 2013. A former practicing IP attorney, he co-founded Fish’s Minneapolis office and also led its nationwide patent prosecution practice before assuming the C-suite role there. He spent a total of 27 years at Fish.