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Formed in 2010 by the merger of DC’s Hogan & Hartson and London’s 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 & 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 more than two dozen offices in a dozen countries.
Hogan & Hartson had a long history, but Lovells' was even longer. The firm dated to 1899 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
After the Hogan Lovells merger, 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 combination 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. Hogan Lovells established an Australian presence in both Perth and Sydney in 2015 to extend the firm’s reach in Asia, expanding its capabilities in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure and financial sectors. In the US, last year Hogan Lovells established an office in Boston, combining with Collora, LLP, a litigation/investigations firm with a strong focus on life sciences and health care as well as financial services and technology.
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
Hogan Lovells created the first in-house professional counseling service at any major law firm. The service is open to anyone in the firm who is experiencing difficulty in their private or professional life and is completely confidential. The program demonstrates that the firm stands behind its values and encourage work-life balance and wellness. The firm also has a variety of physical, mental, and financial wellbeing programs for lawyers and business services professionals.
In the U.S. Supreme Court, Hogan Lovells’ Appellate practice argued and won numerous notable cases. During the last year, Neal Katyal (named “Litigator of the Year” by American Lawyer) passed Thurgood Marshall’s record number of Supreme Court appearances by a minority lawyer. Notable cases included Trump v. Hawaii, in which the firm argued against the administration’s travel ban, and Epic Systems v. Lewis, in which the Court held an employer may lawfully require its employees to take all employment-related disputes to arbitration on an individual basis. Hogan Lovells’ Appellate practice argued eight matters, making up 10 percent of all SCOTUS cases last term.
Hogan Lovells, on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, won a permanent injunction enjoining Attorney General Sessions from withholding the City’s formula grant funding under the Byrne JAG program on account of its policies to protect immigrants. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said that the city’s policies were “reasonable” and “rational.” He stated that the Attorney General’s conditions for federal funding “violate statutory and constitutional law,” were imposed in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, and are “arbitrary and capricious.”
A team from Hogan Lovells’ New York office played a critical role in creating a highly innovative structure for the sale of a US$600 million bond issued by the Rio Oil Finance Trust (the “2018 Offering”). The transaction is secured by oil revenues and related rights that are allocable to RioPrevidência, the pension fund of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Hogan Lovells knew that the traditional annual performance review method wasn’t working for many of its people. The firm recognized it needed to overhaul its process and modernize its approach to professional development. The firm created a new system, Pathways, that was more relevant, more consistent, and less bureaucratic. Through Pathways, Hogan Lovells is helping its lawyers develop the skills they need to be successful at the firm, or wherever their career path takes them.
Hogan Lovells is helping to shape the future of biotechnology—particularly with regards to cancer treatments—by helping client Celgene Corp. acquire two gene therapy companies, Juno and Impact. The two deals were among the world’s largest biotech deals of the year, with a combined potential value of more than $16 billion.
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When we say no two days here are the same, we mean it. Every day brings something new because every day the world changes a little more. To stay ahead, we need to anticipate what’s next. There are new technologies, new medicines, and new ways to keep the planet green. Our 2,800+ lawyers are part of that thinking. We help clients move, adapt, and invent what lies ahead. We work together, across our global network, to provide practical legal solutions for corporations, financial institutions, and governments.
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CEO: Stephen J. Immelt
Hiring Partner: Timothy A. Lloyd (US)
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 3,096
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1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $3,700/week
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
Summer Associate: $3,500/week
*Compensation is based on 2000 billable hour levels (after 1850 billable hours, unlimited pro bono)
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