Hogan Lovells LLP at a Glance


  • “The firm culture is one of the best”
  • “The people”
  • “The flexibility to work remotely”


  • “Management often seems tone-deaf”
  • “Lack of transparency”
  • “Bonuses could be better”

The Buzz

  • “Good DC firm”
  • “Fun and friendly”
  • “Less prestigious after the merger”
  • “Too big”

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 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 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 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 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.


Listening to Its Associates

In consultation with its Associates Committee, in 2015 and 2016 Hogan Lovells announced a number of new policies that are important to its U.S. associates, including a nationwide U.S. associate bonus scale, enhanced agile and reduced hours working arrangements, unlimited vacation, educational loan refinancing programs, and credit for pro bono hours for compensation purposes.

May 2016 
Droning On and On

A new nonprofit is ready for takeoff thanks to Hogan Lovells partner Lisa Ellman and senior advisor Gretchen West, who helped launch the Commercial Drone Alliance, a nonprofit association dedicated to supporting those interested in adopting drone technology and enabling commercial market growth. This industry-led, independent and nonprofit association is dedicated to supporting enterprise end-users interested in adopting drone technology and enabling commercial market growth.

February 2016
Cybersecurity Solutions

Hogan Lovells announces the launch of its Cyber Risk Services business unit, expanding the capabilities of the firm's market-leading Cybersecurity Solutions Group. The formation of a dedicated unit of technical and risk professionals responds to client demand for the comprehensive services already offered by the firm's global team of experienced cybersecurity lawyers and professionals. Working side-by-side, the Hogan Lovells team will provide clients with cybersecurity program development, risk management, incident preparedness, breach response and investigations counsel, regulatory enforcement, litigation, and crisis management assistance.

January 2016
Whistleblower Win

Hogan Lovells was named to The National Law Journal's 2016 Pro Bono Hot List for the firm's representation of former federal air marshal Robert J. MacLean, a pro bono client, in his landmark victory before the Supreme Court. The Pro Bono Hot List recognizes 10 law firms that made exemplary contributions in providing access to justice. 

November 2015
Hop to It

A Hogan Lovells team advised SABMiller on their US$107bn merger with Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev; the fourth largest M&A transaction globally of 2015, the second largest European transaction of 2015, and the largest ever UK takeover.

LGBT Perfection

For the seventh consecutive year, Hogan Lovells was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with a 100 percent Corporate Equality Index (CEI) rating and named a best place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The CEI report, released each fall, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

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Hogan Lovells LLP

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


  • 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), Alexander D. Cobey (McLean), Phoebe Wilkinson (New York), Barry Dastin (Los Angeles), Stephanie Carman (Miami), Aaron Crane (Houston), Jon Layman (San Francisco) Jon Layman (Silicon Valley)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 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
    67 out of 67 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    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 • Rio de Janeiro • Riyadh • Rome • Sao Paulo • Shanghai • Singapore • Tokyo • Ulaanbaatar • Warsaw • Zagreb