The head of Patton Boggs’ government contracts group, Bob Tompkins, has left to join Holland & Knight, the law firm announced last week.

Tompkins, who is now a partner in Holland & Knight’s Washington office, represents government contractors in bid protests, mergers and acquisitions, financing issues, government investigations and matters involving Small Business Administration government contracting programs.

He joins more than 30 other attorneys at Holland & Knight who do government contracts work.

“Recruiting Bob was an important step in our efforts to expand our already substantial government contracts practice and to further enhance Holland & Knight’s position in Washington,” said Gerry Sikorski, head of Holland & Knight’s government practice.

Holland & Knight, headquartered in Tampa, has about 1,000 lawyers around the world. In Washington, it is primarily recognized for its lobbying group, which consistently ranks among the city’s highest-earning government relations practices.

N.J. firm opens D.C. office

New Jersey-based regional law firm Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster has tapped securities lawyer Mario V. Mirabelli to run the firm’s new office in Washington.

Mirabelli comes from Patton Boggs, where he was senior counsel in the firm’s Washington office. He will be of counsel in Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster’s business law and litigation groups. The firm has about 90 attorneys, and maintains four offices in New Jersey and one each in New York, Philadelphia and now the District.

Mirabelli represents companies in transactional, administrative, litigation and enforcement matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was previously a partner at Baker & Hostetler, and managing partner of the Washington office of Shea & Gold. Prior to private practice, he was a trial attorney in the SEC’s Office of Administrative Proceedings and Investigations, investigating possible civil or criminal violations of securities law.