Perkins Coie adds government contracts team of five lawyers from Womble

Signage is seen outside the law firm Perkins Coie in their legal offices in Washington, DC, U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • Hires will nearly double the number of Perkins Coie lawyers working primarily on government contracts
  • The new team will be based in Washington, D.C.

(Reuters) – Seattle-based Perkins Coie said on Thursday it has hired five attorneys from Womble Bond Dickinson for its government contracts practice in Washington, DC

The group is led by partners Kelley Doran and Gary Campbell, Perkins Coie said. The team works with contractors on fraud investigations and regulatory compliance.

Doran has worked on government contracts, negotiations and litigation for more than 25 years and focuses, in part, on life sciences and biodefense, according to the firm.

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He said the group was actively working with companies involved in the US response to COVID-19 and had contributed to the US National Strategic Stockpile of medical supplies.

Doran said he doesn’t see that type of legal work “clearing up in the near future.”

The rest of the team includes Greg Vogel joining as lead counsel and Suzanne Boehm and Miles McCann joining as partners.

Seth Locke, co-chairman of Perkins Coie’s government contracts practice, said the addition of the group will allow the firm to serve a wider range of clients. He said the firm previously had only seven lawyers whose primary practice was government contracts.

The Perkins Coie website lists Boeing, KBRwyle and T-Mobile US Inc as government contract customers. The Womble Group will bring customers to Perkins Coie, although Locke and Doran declined to name them.

A spokesperson for Womble did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the band’s departure.

Perkins Coie has traditionally had a strong practice of political law.

In 2020, Perkins Coie earned $46 million from candidates, party committees, political action committees and other entities, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

Former partner Marc Elias was general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. He also led Biden’s presidential campaign’s state-level fights against the former president’s voter fraud allegations. Donald Trump in 2020.

Elias left with a group of lawyers from Perkins Coie to set up his own firm last year.

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Chinekwu Osakwe

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Chinekwu Osakwe covers legal industry news with a focus on mid-sized law firms. Contact her at [email protected]

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