Patton Boggs Trio Heads to Jones Day: Business of Law

Three election- and political-law attorneys from Patton Boggs LLP are moving to Jones Day. Benjamin Ginsberg, Donald McGahn and William McGinley, who have represented top Republicans, will join the firm today in Washington.

“The arrival of Ben, Don and Bill further cements our position as the ‘go to’ firm for challenging government overreach and regulation, including in the areas of election and political law,” Noel Francisco, the chairman of Jones Day’s government regulation practice, said in a statement.

Ginsberg, who played a central role in the 2000 Florida recount, has counseled Mitt Romney and former President George W. Bush.

McGahn was formerly chairman of the Federal Election Commission and was general counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee for almost 10 years.

McGinley was previously general counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Patton Boggs, which has struggled financially over the past couple of years, announced a merger set for yesterday with Squire Sanders, a 1,300-lawyer global firm.

Bingham McCutchen Loses 12 Lawyers to Paul Hastings, Sidley

Bingham McCutchen LLP, the Boston firm that announced a $110 million drop in 2013 revenue, said 12 of its lawyers are leaving for firms including Paul Hastings LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.

Claire M. Papanastasiou, a Bingham spokeswoman, said on May 30 that seven partners are leaving, along with five associates. She said three partners are leaving the white-collar group for Paul Hastings and four in the real estate group are headed to Sidley.

“We expected an uptick in partner attrition —- both because of forward-looking business decisions we made and because of a challenging 2013,” Papanastasiou said in a statement. “We are a leaner, stronger firm now, and our 2014 thus far has been robust.”

Paul Hastings said in a statement last week that former Bingham white-collar defense lawyers Michael Levy, Michael Spafford and Amy Carpenter-Holmes have joined the firm as partners in Washington.

Mayer Brown, K&L Gates, Quarles: Lateral Move Roundup

Intellectual property lawyer Jamie Beaber joined Mayer Brown LLP in Washington from Steptoe & Johnson LLP, along with four counsel and six associates.

Michael G. Chalos and two associates joined the New York office of K&L Gates LLP in the maritime practice. Previously, Chalos was a senior partner at Chalos O’Connor LLP.

The Chicago office of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP said IP partner Kal K. Shah joined the firm from Thompson Coburn LLP.

Also in Chicago, Quarles & Brady LLP hired Edward J. Hannon, previously at Freeborn & Peters LLP, in its corporate services practice group, where he will focus on real estate matters.

Stinson Leonard Street LLP announced that Markus P. Cicka joined the health-law division in its St. Louis office. He most recently worked as director of compliance at the Home State Health Plan unit of Centene Corp.

Firm News

Barnes & Thornburg Selects Robert Grand as Managing Partner

Barnes & Thornburg LLP named Robert T. Grand to take over as managing partner on Nov. 1 from Alan A. Levin, who has held the position since 1997.

Grand, who is managing partner of the Indianapolis office, is a member of the governmental services and finance department.

Levin, who will become chairman emeritus, oversaw the firm as it doubled its number of offices, attorney headcount and total headcount.


Black Lawyer Numbers Little Changed at Big Firms, Magazine Says

Big law firms are failing to hire, promote and retain black attorneys, whose ranks have remained little changed during the past five years, the American Lawyer said.

In 2013, of 223 firms the magazine surveyed, 1.9 percent of partners were black, while black lawyers overall totaled 3 percent. There were half as many black women in the partner ranks as black men, the magazine said.

According to the report, the situation has many causes, most resulting from the recession. These include smaller associate classes, changes in the partnership process and a shift of attention from diversity to pricing, the magazine said.

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Second Tier of Wealthiest Firms Not Growing, Survey Says

Second-tier law firms, the group of 100 after the 100 wealthiest, experienced little economic growth last year, according to a survey by the American Lawyer.

Only 20 firms had “strong” years, according to the survey, which found that revenue fell at 36 and grew by less than 1 percent at eight. Almost half cut their headcount, the magazine said.

Gross revenue grew by 2.6 percent while profits per equity partner gained by 0.7 percent, the magazine said.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP topped AmLaw’s second-tier list, with gross revenue of $310 million, putting it $37,310 behind the lowest firm on the top 100, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC.

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