“I can’t confirm any names or numbers yet but we will be announcing shortly,” Butler says.
Patton Boggs spokesman Elliott Frieder confirms that 17 partners are leaving Patton Boggs, the majority of those from the Dallas office, which has 44 partners.
“These are not layoffs,” Frieder says but declines to elaborate further.
Frieder emailed a statement from the firm that reads, “Recently a number of attorneys at the firm announced their intention to move on. These colleagues are our friends and we thank them for their service and wish them well in their new endeavors. Movements of this kind are a regular occurrence in an industry where the competitive environment has changed, and many leading firms are transitioning their work forces to compete more effectively. Although we regret partner departures, we, too, need to change to remain competitive. Patton Boggs has a sound underlying practice and a strong brand. We will continue to strengthen our firm through strategic hiring and acquisitions where they make sense.”
Michelle White Suarez, the managing partner of the Dallas office, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
— Miriam Rozen and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys