Trent Lott
Trent Lott

Squire Patton Boggs on June 8 fired former Mississippi Republican Senator Trent Lott, a key member of its public policy team.

The firm “decided that it is the right time to make a change in the leadership of our industry-leading public policy practice," said SPB CEO Mark Ruehlmann in a statement. "We wish to thank retired Senator Trent Lott for his years of service to the firm and our clients."

SPB is the home of political heavyweights such as ex-Speaker of the House John Boehner and former Congressman Joe Crowley, who was the No. 4 Democrat before losing a primary challenge by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Lott contends that he and former Senator John Breaux (D-LA) are planning to leave the shop and that SPB got wind of the news.

“This whole thing boils down to a very simple equation: Breaux and I decided it was time to move on to another firm, a strictly public policy firm,” Lott told CQ Roll Call.

Ruehlmann said SPB is "obliged to constantly evaluate and tailor our professional offerings to not only respond, but also anticipate the issues and concerns of an evolving marketplace and the clients we serve.”

Patton Boggs acquired the Breaux Lott Leadership Group in 2010. The firm's blue-chip client roster included AT&T, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and Northrop Grumman Corp.