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Thomas Boggs, Renowned Lobbyist and Attorney, Dies at 73

Summary: Thomas Boggs, a well-known attorney and lobbyist in the Washington, D.C. community, has passed away at 73 of an apparent heart attack.

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. died at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland on Monday, USNews.com reports. The attorney, who was also a lobbyist and political insider, was 73 years old.

  
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Boggs joined what became a powerful, nationally known law firm: ” href=”https://www.lawcrossing.com/lawfirmprofile/dd0x907b8ddo7246f80s50290f4lbc57a07a/Patton-Boggs-LLP/” target=”_blank”>Squire Patton Boggs. While at this firm, he worked on many high-profile cases, including negotiating a $1.5 billion federal bailout of Chrysler in 1979. His firm also assisted with the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The firm had recently merged with Squire Sanders, an international firm.

The National Law Journal named Mr. Boggs one of the top 100 most influential attorneys in the country every year since 1985, when the list was first drafted. He was a member of the Congressional Award Foundation’s board of directors. He also served on the boards of 1-800-CONTACTS, Suburban Mortgage Association Incorporated, and the Keystone Center. Mr. Boggs also served on Duke University’s board of visitors and was a member of the board of regents of Georgetown University, his alma mater. He served as chairman of his law firm’s executive committee.

Boggs was bred for a career with political involvement. His father was the late House Majority Leader Rep. Hale Boggs, and his mother, Lindy Boggs, served nine terms in Congress as well. His mother was appointed as a U.S. ambassador to the Holy See at the Vatican by former President Bill Clinton.

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Boggs was well known and respected throughout the Washington, D.C. community. He was in close contact with members of Congress, including hiring them to the firm where they assisted with representing insurance, chemical, oil, and drug companies.

Boggs ran for a seat in Congress, but lost the race to Gilbert Gude in 1970. Whereas he was never a formal politician, he had a tremendous influence on Washington’s Democratic party due to his lobbying.



Boggs spent much of his life in D.C. In 1958, he graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School and then attended Georgetown University. He also attended Georgetown for law school. His first job was with a small firm that was co-founded by James R. Patton Jr. After ten years, Boggs made partner.

It appears that Boggs suffered from a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Mary Barbara Denechaud, and three children, Thomas Hale Boggs III, Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen, and Douglas Boggs. He also had eight grandchildren.

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