The following post originally appeared on Forbes | May 23, 2014
Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders have made it official: Both partnerships have overwhelmingly approved the merger, and the new firm expects to begin operations on June 1st under the name Squire Patton Boggs.
“Today marks an important day in the history of our firm. Patton Boggs is the premier public policy firm in the world, and this combination establishes us as the ‘go-to’ firm for public policy work. We also gain a leading position in the Middle East and several new locations in the United States, while deepening our bench in a number of important practices areas, all of which strengthen our service platform,” said Jim Maiwurm, chair and global CEO of Squire Sanders, in a press release today.
Beginning in February, this union has been long coming, and hard fought. Caught, in the middle of a challenging legal market, a major law suit with Chevron, significant internal restructuring, and the perpetual onslaught of the media, Patton Boggs held their course.
Squire Sanders’ part was less dramatic, though they did suspend their merger vote for a day due to an 11th hour motion filed by Steve Dozinger against Patton Boggs on behalf of their former Ecuadorian clients. After a brief consideration of the motion’s validity, Squire Sanders resumed their vote Thursday afternoon.
“The platform and collective expertise created through this combination provide considerable opportunities to access new markets, engage clients in new ways and attract and retain top talent. I couldn’t be more excited for the future of our firm,” said Ed Newberry, Patton Boggs’ managing partner and the spearhead of their efforts.
The combined firm will consist of approximately 1,600 lawyers spanning 45 offices in 21 countries around the world, numbers that place the SPB among the top 25 firms globally in terms of lawyer headcount, and eighth by number of countries occupied, as per The American Lawyer 2013 Global 100. The firm will also rank as one of the top 10 largest firms in Washington DC with approximately 280 lawyers and among the largest in the United States with roughly 785 lawyers.