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Douglas Boggs Plots Exit from Squire Patton to Join Brother at Manatt

April 23, 2015, 12:46 AM

Douglas Boggs, a mergers and acquisitions, project finance and private equity partner with Squire Patton Boggs and son of the late lobbyist Thomas Boggs, Jr., is planning to join Manatt Phelps & Phillips, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Boggs, who is expected to join Manatt by next week, according to these sources, is bringing corporate specialists Joseph Passaic and Alan Noskow. The team is set to join Manatt in Washington, D.C.

Manatt CEO and Managing Partner William Quicksilver did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Squire Patton Boggs’ global managing partner, Edward Newberry.

Douglas Boggs’ brother, T. Hale Boggs, already is a partner with Manatt on the West Coast, traveling between Los Angeles and Northern California to advise clients on corporate finance, capital markets and venture capital matters.

Hale Boggs founded Manatt’s Palo Alto office in 1998, sits on the compensation and executive committees and heads its Digital Media Practice.

While Boggs is expected to join Manatt next week, nothing is certain in the lateral market these days. That was recently demonstrated by DLA Piper project finance partner Joseph Tato, who had planned to join Hogan Lovells but decided against it, even after Hogan had drafted a press release announcing his hire .

In addition, Squire Patton Boggs has recently been in the news for keeping departing partners in the handcuffs of a 60-day holding period, to ensure client matters aren’t disrupted, and to mitigate the loss of a partner.

The sources who knew of Boggs’s move – two of them lawyers at Manatt, and one of them a former Squire Patton lawyer – said that they were confident that Boggs would leap. “I’m 100 percent confident,” said the former Squire Patton lawyer.

The Boggs’s family lines run deep in Washington’s political, business and legal circles. His father, Tom, was a major lobbyist representing presidential campaigns, governments and corporations in their interests on Capitol Hill. In 1979, he helped obtain a $1.5 billion federal bailout of Chrysler Corp.

Once the chairman of Patton Boggs, he remained with the firm after its combination with Squire Sanders in June of last year. He died at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in September from an apparent heart attack.

Manatt was founded by family friend Charles Taylor Manatt, the onetime chairman of the Democratic National Committee and U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

Douglas Boggs, Passaic and Noskow did not respond to a request for comment.