Former Louisiana Senator turned lobbyist John Breaux is leaving Patton Boggs to form his own firm with his son, John Jr. According to an email sent by firm head Thomas Boggs to firm lawyers and obtained by Legal Times, the parties are still exploring some way for Breaux to maintain a professional relationship with Patton Boggs. Legal Times will update this breaking story. The full text of the Boggs' email is as follows:
"As many of you may have heard, my dear friend John Breaux will be
forming a new public policy consulting firm with his son John Jr. John
has been an extremely valuable part of the Patton Boggs team since he
left the Senate three years ago. While I will miss having John here
everyday, I am particularly excited about the potential opportunities
his venture presents, both for John and our firm, as we look for new and
innovative ways to serve public policy clients and maintain our leading
status among public policy law firms in the nation. As his statement
attached below notes, we are also discussing how John can remain as
counsel to the firm.
As someone who has been lucky enough to practice law with my son Douglas in the law firm, I understand fully John's desire to practice professionally with his son. We have all benefited immeasurably from our personal and professional association with John, we wish him well in
his new venture, and look forward to continuing our personal friendship
and professional collaboration for many years to come."
There was also this announcement from Senator Breaux:
Former United States Senator John Breaux, Senior Counsel to Patton Boggs
Law Firm, announced that he would be forming a new public policy
consulting firm in January 2008.
Breaux stated that while he has the greatest personal and professional
respect for Tom Boggs and the members of the firm, the new firm will
offer him an opportunity to be in business with his son, John Jr., a
goal that he has always wanted to achieve.
"Tom Boggs and the Patton Boggs firm have been a professional family for
me since I retired from the Congress almost three years ago. It has been a rewarding experience in which I have learned a great deal from my colleagues, who are also my friends, but the challenge and opportunity to start a new business with my son is something I cannot pass up."
Breaux said he was in discussions with Patton Boggs to determine how he
could also continue to serve as counsel and provide strategic advice and
counsel to the firm in the future.
Breaux stated he expects the new business to start out on a small scale
and grow as business grows.