Looking at Patton Boggs practice areas and it appears that the law firm is aligned well with the most important subjects of our time including energy, environment, and healthcare. However, they are having staff reduction, dismissing 65 lawyers.
Without the pork, who need spits?
I don’t know anything about what those lawyers were doing, but it is reasonable to believe that lobby firms would be shrinking because the legislated pork is shrinking. A lot of representation work came from lawyers representing client firms to gain access to money set aside for work to be performed in specific congressional districts. Accomplishing that took fancy legal footwork.
Now, the Obama administration and Congress has reduced pork also known as plus ups and sometimes set-asides. There is less work to do of that nature.
Then again, new opportunity may emerge from lawyers figuring out a new game in the political capital for channeling federal money for preferred purposes.
In addition, there is a reduction of procurement and consolidations from government shrinking. A smaller government has impact, even in the K Street neighborhood.
"Patton Boggs lets go 65 attorneys and staff
National law firm Patton Boggs, which houses Washington’s largest and most profitable lobby shop, dismissed 65 lawyers and staff this week — including 23 in its Washington office, managing partner Ed Newberry said Friday.
Of the 65 layoffs firmwide, 30 are attorneys and 35 are non-attorneys that include a public policy adviser, paralegals and secretaries, Newberry said. The firm did not let go any partners, though Newberry said the firm “will make adjustments to partner headcount over time.”