Holland & Knight snaps up Patton's Alaska team

Holland & Knight again picked up a team of Patton Boggs attorneys, this time opening an office in Anchorage, Alaska, the firm announced Thursday.

The eight lawyers worked in the Anchorage office for the firm formerly known as Patton Boggs, but did not stay on after the merger with the law firm Squire Sanders.

Partners Walter Featherly, Douglas Serdahely, Kevin Callahan and Teresa Ridle are among the new additions to Holland & Knight.

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“Clients conducting business in Alaska will continue to need expert advice as they operate in this very dynamic market,” Featherly, who will become executive partner at the office, said in a statement. “The combination of our expertise in representing clients in Alaska and Holland & Knight's strong geographic platform and broad industry expertise will allow us to expand our services to clients in Alaska and beyond. We know many lawyers at Holland & Knight well. We are excited about the opportunities this will present for our clients and us.”

Last year, Holland scooped up 23 Patton Boggs attorneys, including 12 partners, in Dallas to form a new office there.

Bob Tompkins, who formerly led the government contracts group at Patton Boggs, joined Holland & Knight’s Washington office in January.

After the merger to form Squire Patton Boggs became official on June 1, Holland picked up another seven Patton lawyers for its Washington and Denver offices, including Mary Beth Bosco, a former member of Patton Boggs’ executive committee and co-chair of its diversity committee, who handles government contracts and cybersecurity issues.

In a release on Thursday, Holland & Knight said the new office already has an impressive client list, including “one of the world's leading energy producers and various Alaska Native corporations and tribes.” Attorneys will specialize in environmental law, government contracts, regulatory issues and corporate governance, among other areas.

“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,” Steven Sonberg, Holland & Knight managing partner, said in a 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.”

Patton Boggs opened the Anchorage office in 1995.