Hogan Lovells US LLP at a Glance


  • “HL Academy provides great training opportunities for associates”
  • “International nature of the work”
  • “People are nice and generally look out for each other”


  • “Below-market bonuses”
  • “Too lean staffing makes a steep learning curve”
  • “High business development expectations”

The Buzz

  • “Doesn’t get any better in DC”
  • “Strong internationally”
  • “Growing pains”
  • “Merger”

About Hogan Lovells US LLP

Formed on May 1, 2010 by the merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, Hogan Lovells is a global megafirm with more than 40 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 traces 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 Internal Revenue Service attorney, joined Hogan in 1925. Given the partners' backgrounds, it's no surprise that 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' Layers

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 massive firms would integrate, especially since they both had attorneys in every corner of the globe and the cross-border deal meant complicated tax and liability issues. Even before the merger, however, the two firms agreed to phase in a merit-based system of compensation similar to the one used by Hogan. A dual partnership 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. In April 2012, Hogan Lovells launched an Indonesia capability by entering into an association with Indonesian law firm, Hermawan Juniarto, in Jakarta. Hogan Lovells added to its global platform in Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2013 and 2014 respectively.  In August 2013, Hogan Lovells opened an office in Luxembourg, a prominent financial center in Europe. Later in 2013, Hogan Lovells combined with Routledge Modise, the seventh largest firm in South Africa with a single office in Johannesburg.  The combination provides Hogan Lovells with an enhanced platform to advise clients who have operations and work in both South Africa and in sub-Saharan Africa more generally.

The combined firm focuses on a variety of practices, including litigation, corporate, finance, IP and regulatory work, with prowess in banking, insurance, arbitration and products liability (thanks to Lovells) and white-collar, appellate, antitrust, corporate and media matters (courtesy of Hogan). 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.


April 2014

A Fair Housing Fight
A Hogan Lovells pro bono team secured a victory in the Eastern District of New York when a federal judge found that that the Village of Garden City violated the Fair Housing Act, the United States Constitution and other civil rights statutes by enacting a discriminatory zoning ordinance in 2004. Garden City must now implement changes to their residential housing practices to remedy the effects of their prior intentionally discriminatory conduct. The court's judgment in this case is a much-needed step toward eradicating the lingering effects of centuries of racial discrimination and segregated living patterns in this country, and it sends a signal to similar communities that such discrimination will be rooted out and remedied.

October 2013

REIT at the Top
Hogan Lovells' Corporate/REITs team was underwriters' counsel to Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the second largest initial public offering (IPO) in history by a U.S. real estate investment trust (REIT), as Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) raised more than US$1 billion. The sale took place more than a year and a half after ESRT announced its intent to go public and more than three years since the firm began to work on the transaction. The IPO was delayed by the need to obtain consent from investors in the various partnerships that owned ERST's properties and lawsuits filed by longtime investors.

September 2013

Planning for the Future
Hogan Lovells represented the trustees of the Kodak Pension Plan in the Eastman Kodak bankruptcy. Using a novel strategy for recovery for the trustees, the Chapter 11 plan was successfully confirmed and two large operating businesses were transferred to the pension plan in exchange for the pension plan's bankruptcy claims (valued at US $650 million). The pension plan was sponsored by the U.K. subsidiary Kodak Limited, and it was guaranteed by the U.S. parent entity. The pension plan was the largest unsecured creditor in the bankruptcy case, and the trustees sat as co-chairs of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors. A comprehensive cross-border team comprised of over 300 lawyers in multiple jurisdictions supported the BRI team.

Let's Take a Drive…through Brazil
A cross border, cross-practice Hogan Lovells team advised Brookfield Infrastructure (Brookfield) on its further investment in Arteris S.A. (Arteris). The team counseled Brookfield on the mandatory tender offer, with its joint venture partner Abertis Infraestructuras S.A. for 40 percent of the issued share capital of Arteris. Arteris has a total market capitalization of approximately US$2.9 billion and operates several of the major toll road concessions in Brazil, including some of Brazil's most important motorways. The US$490 million transaction was strategically important for Brookfield both as a major enhancement of its investment portfolio in the transport sector and in Latin America and also as a high profile, cross-border public takeover transaction.

April 2013

Supreme Court Victory
Hogan Lovells secured a unanimous victory in the Supreme Court on behalf of client, US Airways. All nine justices agreed with Hogan Lovells' argument that an employee who receives medical payments under an employer-sponsored health benefits plan may not avoid the reimbursement requirements of that plan by arguing that such reimbursement is "inequitable."

February 2013

Advisors to a Prince
A cross-border Hogan Lovells team took the lead in advising Kingdom Holding Company and HRH Prince Alaweed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud in leading a consortium of investors to acquire a US$400 million strategic stake in 360Buy Jingdong, Inc., which has since changed its name to "JD.com," the largest internet consumer sales company in China. JD.com, whose annual sales exceed US$16.7 billion, is often described as a combination of Amazon and Fresh Direct. The global Hogan Lovells team was able to help Prince Alaweed diversify his global portfolio through this investment while solidifying the strategic relationship between Saudi Arabia and China.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004-1109
Phone: (202) 637-5600
Fax: (202) 637-5910


  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Stephen J. Immelt (Effective July 1, 2014)
  • Hiring Partners: Timothy A. Lloyd (DC), Brian R. Chappell (Baltimore), Niki Frangos Tuttle and Craig Umbaugh (Denver), Alexander D. Cobey (McLean), Sean Keely (New York), Barry Thompson (Los Angeles), Julie E. Nevins (Miami), Aaron Crane (Houston), Sarah Jalali (San Francisco), Jon Layman (Silicon Valley)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 2,645

  • Employment Contact
    Irena McGrath
    Chief Associate Recruitment Officer
    555 Thirteenth St., NW
    Washington, D.C. 20004
    Phone: (202) 637-5600
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsDC@hoganlovells.com

    Baltimore Office
    Elizabeth W. Kirkley
    Office Administrator
    Harbor East
    100 International Drive
    Suite 2000
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsMD@hoganlovells.com

    Colorado Offices
    Sheila Winstanley
    Office Administrator
    One Tabor Center, Suite 1500
    12 Seventeenth Street
    Denver, CO 80202
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsCO@hoganlovells.com

    Houston Office
    Veatris Negrete
    Office Administrator
    700 Louisiana Street
    Suite 4300
    Houston, TX 77002
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsTX@hoganlovells.com

    Los Angeles Office
    Christopher Bostrom
    Recruiting Coordinator
    1999 Avenue of the Stars
    Suite 1400
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsLA@hoganlovells.com

    Miami Office
    Brenda Williams-Bringhurst  
    Office Administrator
    200 South Biscayne Boulevard, 4th Floor
    Miami, FL 33131
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsFL@hoganlovells.com

    New York Office
    Nancy Merriman
    Recruitment Manager
    875 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10022
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsNY@hoganlovells.com

    Northern Virginia Office
    Ana Maria Knapp
    Projects Manager
    Park Place II
    7930 Jones Branch Drive
    McLean, VA 22102
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsMD@hoganlovells.com

    Philadelphia Office
    Nancy Merriman
    Recruitment Manager
    1835 Market Street
    29th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsPA@hoganlovells.com

    San Francisco Office
    Alexandra Dennett
    Project Coordinator
    3 Embarcadero Center
    Suite 1500
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsSF@hoganlovells.com

    Silicon Valley Office
    Alexandra Dennett
    Project Coordinator
    4085 Campbell Avenue, Suite 100
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Washington, DC Office
    Lynn Herron or Caitlin DiFilippo
    Associate Recruitment Manager
    555 13th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  20004
    Email: JoinHoganLovellsDC@hoganlovells.com

    Visit the Careers section at http://careers-us.hoganlovells.com for employment contacts at each Hogan Lovells office.

  • Base Salary
    Baltimore; California offices; Denver; Houston; McLean, VA; New York; Philadelphia; Washington DC
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000

    *Compensation is based on 1950 or 2000 billable hour levels (up to 100 hours can be pro bono)

  • Summer Associate Offers
    77 out of 78 2Ls; 8 of 8 1Ls invited to return (2013)

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

Major Office Locations

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

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