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Inside Thomas Boggs' Office

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Washington power broker Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. died in September. Since then, his office at Squire Patton Boggs, where he was chairman emeritus, has been locked and left mostly untouched. The firm gave us a look inside the space where one of Washington's most influential lobbyists and lawyers spent his days. Above, his office, with the desk at right. DC managing partner Mike Nardotti, who's been with the firm for 18 years, says "it is impossible to fairly capture the impact of this loss."

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Behind the desk is a Rolodex packed with powerful friends and connections. Boggs joined the then four-member firm not long after graduating from Georgetown Law in 1965. Under him, Patton Boggs advised a varied list of clients, such as Mars, MCI, Chrysler (including negotiating $1.5B in federal loan guarantees in '79), Amazon, Airbus, Citigroup and Wake Forest.

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Through the arched doorway is a larger office where Boggs conversed with fellow Washington heavyweights. He kept his trademark Havana cigars in the humidor visible at back left. We snapped Mike looking over the room's panoramic view of Georgetown. Boggs was a man respected and admired by many, and Mike says to have been on the same team is something they're all very proud of. "Tom's name is still on the door of this firm, and to truly honor him, the folks here want to make sure this combination [with Squire Sanders] is the success he hoped it would be."