Seventeen partners are leaving Patton Boggs LLP, including a group who will open an office in Dallas for Holland & Knight LLP, the firms said.
“I can’t give any specifics about how many and who at this time,” Linda Butler, a Holland & Knight spokeswoman, said in a phone interview, confirming the new Dallas office.
Patton Boggs said 17 partners have announced their intention to leave the firm without providing information about where they are going.
“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,” Patton Boggs said in a statement. “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 hirings and acquisitions where they make sense.”
In March, Washington-based Patton Boggs fired 22 associates. Gross revenue fell 6.5 percent from the $339.7 million posted in 2011, according to a survey by The American Lawyer magazine on the wealthiest U.S. law firms.
Patton Boggs, with 550 lawyers, has 10 offices in the U.S. and the Middle East, with more than 85 lawyers in its Dallas office.
Holland & Knight has 1,000 lawyers in 17 U.S. offices as well as Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Bogota and Mexico City.
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