|Patton Boggs LLP|
|No. of offices||10|
|No. of attorneys||453 (2013)|
|No. of employees||1000+|
|Major practice areas||General practice including lobbying|
|Key people||Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr., Chairman|
|Revenue||$310,130,000 USD (2007)|
|Founder||James R. Patton, Jr.|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Patton Boggs is a full-service law firm and lobbying firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. It has more than 450 lawyers and professionals in nine locations in the United States and the Middle East. Patton Boggs specializes in litigation, public policy, business, intellectual property, international and trade law with over 200 international clients from over 70 countries. In addition to the firm's Washington, D.C. headquarters, it maintains offices in Abu Dhabi, Anchorage, Dallas, Denver, Doha, Qatar, Dubai, Newark, New York City and Riyadh.
The firm was founded in 1962 by James R. Patton, Jr. and joined soon after by George Blow and Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr. It has "participated in the formation of every major multilateral trade agreement considered by Congress." Boggs joined the firm in 1966 after serving as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee and in the executive office of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Members of the firm have included: Timothy May, the former general counsel to the United States Post Office Department; Ron Brown, who served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee and became Commerce Secretary in the first Clinton Administration; former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater; former Sen. John Breaux, D-La.; Stuart Pape, who held senior positions at the Food and Drug Administration; and Benjamin Ginsberg, the Republican strategist behind the 2000 presidential election Florida vote recount.
The 2014 Vault.com survey of over 18,800 associates ranked Patton Boggs as having the best record for pro bono work in the country. The firm recommends that all lawyers do pro bono work. Each associate has a commitment to perform a minimum of 100 hours of pro bono service per year. In contributing to its ranking among the elite firms, Vault.com cited the firm's pro bono work as well as its distinction as the "go to" form for legislative advocacy.
Patton Boggs worked in the mid-1990s for the Guatemalan dictatorship, insisting that Sister Dianna Ortiz, who was tortured and raped by members of a death squad, was actually the "victim to an out-of-control, sadomasochistic lover." 
According to the Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste, Patton Boggs was hired in 2007 by the Vicini family, one of the most influential families in the Dominican Republic, to bring a defamation suit against the producers of the documentary The Price of Sugar (2007). The film explores the harsh living conditions of Haitian immigrant workers on the family's sugar plantations, as well as death threats against Christopher Hartley, a Catholic priest working for human rights on behalf of the Haitian immigrants. The defamation suit against Uncommon Productions and producer Bill Haney alleged 53 factual inaccuracies." A Patton Boggs partner described these as "misrepresentations." A court ruled against the Vicini family, stating because of their prominence, they were essentially public figures in terms of a defamation suit.
By the time the case reached the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Vicini family had reduced the number of "allegedly defamatory statements down to seven". The Appeals Court upheld the judgment from the lower court that the Vicini brothers were "public figures under the circumstances". As such, they would have to prove 1) that the filmmakers made false statements; and 2) knew that the statements were false. In December 2011, the appeals court sent the case back to the lower court for determination of these factors, based on a report the filmmakers submitted to obtain insurance coverage for the film.
The firm was sued for damages by Chevron with respect to its activities since Spring 2010 on behalf of Burford Capital and other beneficiaries of an $18 billion judgment obtained by plaintiffs in Ecuador with respect to environmental and health damages resulting from the actions of Texaco, its predecessor, in the Lago Agrio oil field. The action against Patton Boggs is part of litigation that has been in progress for at least 20 years in a number of national and international venues and on which Chevron is estimated to spend $250 million a year.
The firm is one of American Lawyer's Top 100 US law firms and ranked in the top band of Government Relations law firms by Chambers USA. The firm is consistently ranked as the nation’s number one lobbying firm by the National Journal, Roll Call, Influence and The Hill Newspaper.
The firm’s business law practice has garnered recognition, including a #1 ranking among “Leading Legal Advisors” for number of deals closed by SNL Financial’s Bank M&A Weekly. In 2008, American Lawyer Media (ALM) named the firm a Go-To Law Firm in the areas of corporate transactions/ mergers & acquisitions, securities, international, intellectual property, litigation, and labor & employment. The firm was ranked as a finalist for the “Best Islamic Finance Law Firm” by Islamic Business and Finance.
Patton Boggs is also one of American Banker’s Top 25 Lead Legal Advisors and the firm is included in the list of the world’s Top Patent Firms, according to Intellectual Property Today. The firm has been recognized by Working Mother Magazine as one of the best firms for women, because of the flexibility and benefits it provides working mothers.
- "About Us", Patton Boggs
- "Vault Rankings: Patton Boggs LLP"
- "Vault Profile: Patton Boggs"
- Sherman, John (2000). Latin America in Crisis. Oxford: Westview Press. p. 111.
- Le Nouvelliste
- "Complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts"
- "Family Accuses 'Sugar' Filmmakers of Defamation". NPR. 2007-10-03. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
- "APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS". FELIPE VICINI LLUBERES AND JUAN VICINI LLUBERES, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. UNCOMMON PRODUCTIONS, LLC, ET AL., Defendants-Appellees. United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit. November 23, 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
- "1st Circuit revives defamation suit against sugar documentary". Legal News. Thomson Reuters News & Insight. December 2, 2011.
- Steven Mufson (June 29, 2013). "Patton Boggs becomes mired in an epic legal battle with Chevron over jungle oil pits". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
- Julie Gozan, "The Torturers' Lobby", Multinational Monitor, April 1993.
- "Expenditures to individuals and organizations affiliated with Patton Boggs from Republican Governors Association", 2003, The Center for Public Integrity
- Tim Mazzucca, "Patton Boggs picks unlikely spot for international debut", Washington Business Journal, 29 August 2003.
- "Patton Boggs LLP", 1999–2000 election cycle contributions, The Center for Responsive Politics
- Burt Solomon, The Washington Century: Three Families and the Shaping of the Nation's Capital
- Felice Wagner, "Patton Boggs' Rain Man: An Interview with Mark Cowan", I Make News, March 16, 2004.