DC-based regulatory partner Thomas Ensign sat down with Jessie Yount from The Recorder to talk about the firm’s new office in Penn Quarter at 733 10th Street NW. Last August, Fenwick announced its plans to open an office in Washington, DC, with three new regulatory partners—Ensign, Melissa Duffy and Steven Albertson—building out the firm’s presence in the Beltway.

“The office was established to serve as a bridge between the legal talent available in Washington and the clients of the firm, who were increasingly asking for legal advice on topics such as antitrust and trade,” said Ensign, adding that the firm’s client base “has increasingly drawn the attention of federal agencies.”

Ensign noted that he anticipates increased demand for antitrust and trade counsel, as well as a wide breadth of regulatory work impacting life sciences and fintech companies, among others.

While the office has been busy with existing client work, there is also “an abundance of client opportunities” in the area, Ensign told the publication, pointing to the I-270 Corridor and Maryland as a hub for life sciences and biotech, as well as Northern Virginia’s thriving tech scene.

Ensign also highlighted the new office location in “vibrant” Penn Quarter, which includes the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, museums, quality restaurants, shopping centers and access to public transportation.

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