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    January 30, 2008  


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By the time he left Arter & Hadden in 2001, Roger Furey had worked for nearly 20 years at the firm's 18th & K and 19th & Penn offices.  The thought of working in Georgetown felt "strange," but he signed on with Katten Muchin Rosenman despite what he felt was a geographic drawback.  The feeling didn't last; Roger quickly became a convert.  Now, as DC Managing Partner, he's overseeing Katten's move to bigger and better new digs in the area.



Lucky for Roger, he can monitor progress on Katten's new home (in background) directly from the firm's current office on Thomas Jefferson St.   Their new building, located just behind the boathouse, will open on July 1st with Katten as anchor tenant.  Its 72,000 square feet will allow the firm to expand by as much as 50% (from 60 lawyers to 90). 


Roger's daughters-14, 16, and 17-attend Georgetown Visitation, which made us wonder if he ever meets up with them for lunch. Roger laughed at our question:  "Did you hear what I said their ages are?"  Back in the fall, his eldest did let him tag along for a tour of "every college on the East Coast."


Initially, Roger was lured to the firm by his former Arter & Hadden colleague Michael Murphy, who made the jump before him.  The firm's healthy finances didn't hurt, either:  Profits per partner at the 650-lawyer shop reached $1.035 million last year.  And now, Roger cites the Georgetown location as a huge plus.  "I don't feel like I'm coming to work," he says of the neighborhood's European feel.  "When you go out to lunch, there are students and tourists.  People are excited to be walking around."  Clients also love coming to Georgetown rather than the "canyons" downtown, Roger says.  (We're pretty sure he didn't just say that because Georgetown real estate king Herb Miller uses Katten partner Scott Morrison.)


Roger is an IP litigator who stays away from patent cases:  "My head would explode," he explains.  And despite all appearances, he's not actually a NASCAR fan-although his client Exide, a car-battery manufacturer, has sponsored Jeff Burton's #99 car.


Getting to the office is also a lot easier than downtown; coming from Mount Vernon, it's a quick trip across Memorial Bridge and up Rock Creek Parkway.  It makes for a good bike ride in the summer, when Roger drops his car in Alexandria and pedals into the office.  It all seems a very long way from his former home among the "big boxes" on K Street, but in a way it's not.  The address of the new office in Georgetown?  2900 K.

Gilbert Randolph LLP
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