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Group leaves Squire Patton Boggs to open DC office for Porzio


Corrected: The chairman of the intellectual property group at Patton Boggs before its merger with Squire Sanders is leaving the merged firm along with a group of at least 11 other IP lawyers and professionals to establish a Washington, D.C., office for Porzio, Bromberg & Newman.

Former IP chairman Scott Chambers along with Squire Patton Boggs partners Kevin Bell and Richard Oparil are leading the group to establish the D.C. office with Porzio principal Timothy Ayers, according to the Washington Post and a press release.

Bell told the Post the IP group going to Porzio represents most of the IP practice at Patton Boggs before its June 1 merger with Squire Sanders. Additional lawyers and professionals are expected to leave Squire Patton Boggs for Porzio, the Post says.

Porzio is a regional law firm with other offices in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. It has about 90 lawyers.

At least 69 lawyers and professionals left Squire Patton Boggs before and after the firms announced their merger in May, the Post says. Most of the lawyers who departed were from Patton Boggs.

Corrected on Sept. 9 to state that Chambers was chairman of the intellectual property group at Patton Boggs before its merger with Squire Sanders.

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