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Crowell Snags 5-Lawyer Patton Enviro Team, Opens New Office in Alaska

Posted Aug 19, 2009 4:14 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A five-lawyer team of environmental lawyers including the Washington, D.C., practice co-chair has been lured from Patton Boggs to Crowell & Moring. They will be working with two former Patton colleagues and two other environmental practitioners with significant government experience that Crowell also has just hired.

John Martin says he normally doesn't take calls from recruiters, but had to listen when former Patton attorneys called to recruit him to their new firm. Others joining Crowell & Moring with his group include Alaska partner Kyle Parker, who will open a new office in Anchorage for the firm, reports the Am Law Daily.

Crowell is also bringing in two additional lawyers to bolster its environmental practice. They are Robert Meyers, formerly a high-ranking Environmental Protection Agency attorney, and Michael Bogert. He was counsel to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne during the administration of President George W. Bush.

The firm expects to expand its work on energy-related matters in western states, according to a Crowell & Moring press release.

A spokeswoman for Patton Boggs says the firm is sorry to see the five lawyers depart, but its environmental practice remains strong, reports the Blog of Legal Times.

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