Patton Boggs Will Survive, Even With More Reductions, Managing Partner Says | National Law Journal. In addition to forced reductions, big law firms are under pressure from smaller boutiques with tech skills. Clients are beginning to understand that the size of the firm may only mean bigger overhead and bigger hourly rates. However, the recent reductions at Patton Boggs piqued my interest because of the line that remaining employees will have to "pledge allegiance" to the firm. Do they have to salute in the halls as well?