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Holland & Knight opens Alaska office with Patton Boggs refugees

Posted Jun 13, 2014 12:47 PM CDT
By Victor Li

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For the second time in less than a year, Patton Boggs’ loss is Holland & Knight’s gain.

The firm announced Thursday that it has opened an office in Anchorage, Alaska, that will consist of eight lawyers and professionals from Patton Boggs. According to Law360, Patton Boggs had dissolved its Anchorage office after agreeing to merge with Squire Sanders in late May. Holland & Knight’s new office, which is the firm’s 19th in the U.S., will be headed by Walter Featherly, who had been Patton Boggs’ managing partner in Alaska.

“There is a growing demand in Alaska for professionals who have the expertise, resources and capacity necessary to meet the sophisticated and complex legal needs of clients in the region,” said Steven Sonberg, Holland & Knight managing partner, in a press release. “Opening an office in Anchorage with such an outstanding group of professionals will allow us to serve these clients. We also believe the expansion of the firm's energy, tribal and government contracts practices furthers our strategic objectives.” Featherly, who practices in government contracts, will be joined by three other partners: litigators Douglas Serdahely and Kevin Callahan and government contracts lawyer Teresa Ridle.

This is the second time in the last 11 months that Holland & Knight has opened an office by acquiring groups of Patton Boggs attorneys. Last July, Holland & Knight picked up 23 departing Patton Boggs lawyers in order to open an office in Dallas.

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