Hogan Lovells LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Flexibility in work schedule”
  • “High caliber of people”
  • “Interesting work”

Downers

  • “High billing requirement”
  • “The client pressures”
  • “Uneven/unpredictable workflow”

About Hogan Lovells LLP

Formed on May 1, 2010 by the merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, Hogan Lovells is a global megafirm with more than 45 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The firm boasts more than 2,600 lawyers, making it one of the largest firms around. CEO Stephen Immelt is based out of Hogan Lovells' Baltimore and Washington, DC offices, and Deputy CEO David Hudd is based in London.

Hogan's Heroes

Hogan & Hartson traced its roots to 1904, the year when trial lawyer Frank J. Hogan hung out a shingle in the nation's capital. He skyrocketed to fame thanks to his involvement in sensational cases like the "Teapot Dome" scandal, in which he represented oil baron Edward L. Doheny, who faced charges of bribery and conspiracy to defraud the federal government (Doheny was acquitted.) Nelson Hartson, an IRS attorney, joined Hogan in 1925. Given the partners' backgrounds, it's no surprise Hogan & Hartson became known for its government, regulatory, and tax work. Over the years, it also developed strengths in litigation, corporate and transactional law, and intellectual property. The firm did not venture beyond the Beltway until 1984, but once it did, expansion came rapidly. By the time of the Lovells merger in 2010, Hogan & Hartson had grown to include over two dozen offices in 12 countries.

Lovells' Lawyers

Hogan & Hartson had a long history, but Lovells' was even longer. That firm dated to 1899, which is when its predecessor firm was established in London by John Spencer Lovell. In 1966, the firm joined forces with another UK stalwart Haslewoods, which had many lucrative connections within the British government. A second merger occurred in 1988 with Durrant Piesse, itself the result of a combination among well-regarded firms; Durrant had longstanding corporate relationships in the booming financial sector, as well as expertise in IP.

The name Lovells was adopted in 2000 when Lovell White Durrant merged with Germany's Boesebeck Droste-by that point, the letterhead was getting crowded. Boesebeck Droste had offices throughout Europe and traced its roots to 1884.

Making a Megafirm

According to the firm, "Hogan & Hartson and Lovells each saw the combination as a unique opportunity to further their mutual goal of being a pre-eminent international legal practice with a distinguished position in the market while preserving the team-oriented and collegial culture the constituent firms long enjoyed." After Hogan Lovells was formed, some wondered how the two firms would integrate, especially since they both had attorneys around the globe and the cross-border deal meant complicated tax and liability issues. Even before the merger was completed in 2010, however, the two firms agreed to phase in a merit-based system of compensation similar to the one used by Hogan. A dual partnership verein structure resolved tax issues caused by attorneys working inside and outside the United States. The firm also created an international management committee with representatives from both founding firms. Since then, the firm has expanded its global platform into even more key markets. Hogan Lovells added offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Hogan Lovells opened an office in Luxembourg, a prominent financial center in Europe and combined with Routledge Modise, the seventh largest firm in South Africa with a single office in Johannesburg. Hogan Lovells joined with the prominent Mexican firm Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa ("BSTL") in 2014, giving the firm expanded capabilities in Mexico City and Monterrey and providing new opportunities for its global clientele doing business in Latin America's second largest economy. Most recently, Hogan Lovells established an Australian presence in both Perth and Sydney to extend the firm's reach in Asia, expanding its capabilities in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure and financial sectors.

The firm focuses on a variety of practices, including litigation, corporate, finance, IP and regulatory work, with prowess in banking, insurance, arbitration, products liability, white-collar, appellate, antitrust, securities, corporate governance and transactions, health care, medical devices, privacy, and media matters. Among the firm's clients are household names like Ford Motor Co., General Electric, IBM, SAB Miller, Chase, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Black & Decker, Apple, Google, and UnitedHealth.

IN THE NEWS

May 2017
Pride Plus

Hogan Lovells launched a new global LGBT and allies network, Pride+, aimed at enhancing support for and commitment to LGBT+ individuals. A key part of Pride+ is encouraging support from LGBT+ allies. Hogan Lovells recognizes the importance of allies to advancing LGBT+ equality and the Pride+ network will provide allies with the means to show their support through events, education, and by advertising their membership of the network internally.

April 2017
Anthem Accomplishment

A Hogan Lovells team successfully defended Anthem against a class action suit that lasted 15 years and sought nearly $100 million in damages. After winning the case in a rare class action trial, the team defended the judgment on appeal and obtained a 5-0 ruling from the Connecticut Supreme Court in favor of Anthem.

I'd Like to Buy A Hotel

The firm is representing RLJ Lodging Trust, a Maryland-based, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT), in a merger transaction with Texas-based hotel REIT FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated that will create the third largest pure-play lodging REIT with a combined enterprise value of $7 billion. At closing, RLJ will be the largest pure-play public REIT dedicated to owning focused-service and compact full-service hotels.

Taking on Trump                                                                                          

A cross-office team of Hogan Lovells litigators is representing the plaintiffs in Hawaii v. Trump, the Ninth Circuit suit against President Trump's travel ban. The team convinced the Hawaii district court to issue the first and the broadest injunction against the enforcement of the President's current Executive Order barring immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and barring refugees worldwide, and they are continuing to defend the injunction on appeal. The suit has drawn nationwide and global media coverage and earned two members of the team honors as American Lawyer's "Litigators of the Week." 

December 2016
FT 10

Hogan Lovells has been ranked in the top ten Law Firm Innovators for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers program globally: second in North America, fourth in Asia-Pacific, and fifth in the UK and Europe. We are the only firm globally to be ranked in the top ten in each of these markets. Additional, we made the top 10 law firms with the strongest brand in Acritas' annual US Law Firms Brand Index 2016.

March 2016
¡Hola Cuba!

Hogan Lovells advised Carnival Corporation on obtaining the US Government authorizations required to become the first US cruise ship operator to sail to Cuba in more than 50 years. The firm assisted Carnival in obtaining ground-breaking licenses from both the US Office of Foreign Assets control and the Commerce Department to operate passenger cruise vessels between the United States and Cuba.

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Hogan Lovells LLP

555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 637-5600

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Stephen J. Immelt
  • Hiring Partners: Timothy A. Lloyd (DC), Brian R. Chappell and Allison Caplis-Mandelberg (Baltimore), Niki Frangos Tuttle and Craig Umbaugh (Denver), Cullen G. Taylor (McLean), Phoebe Wilkinson and Edith Webster (New York), Barry Dastin (Los Angeles), Stephanie Carman (Miami), Stephen A. Loney (Philadelphia), Cristina Rodriguez (Houston), Jon Layman (San Francisco) Jon Layman (Silicon Valley)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 2,670

  • Base Salary
    Most U.S. Offices
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000 Compensation is based on 2000 billable hour levels (after 1850 billable hours, unlimited pro bono).

  • Summer Associate Offers
    96 out of 96 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate • Finance • Government Regulatory • Intellectual Property • Litigation & Arbitration

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC (U.S. HQ) • Baltimore, MD • Colorado Springs, CO • Denver, CO • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • McLean, VA • Miami, FL • Minneapolis, MN • New York, NY • Philadelphia, PA • San Francisco, CA • Silicon Valley, CA London (International HQ) • Alicante • Amsterdam • Beijing • Brussels • Budapest • Caracas • Dubai • Dusseldorf • Frankfurt • Hamburg • Hanoi • Ho Chi Minh City • Hong Kong • Jakarta • Jeddah • Johannesburg • Luxembourg • Madrid • Mexico City • Milan • Monterrey • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Perth • Rio de Janeiro • Riyadh • Rome • Sao Paulo • Shanghai • Singapore • Sydney • Tokyo • Ulaanbaatar • Warsaw • Zagreb