2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“My incredibly talented but also kind colleagues.”
“Leadership is very encouraging of flexible working.”
“Hours can be demanding.”
“No credit for business development, recruiting, or diversity efforts.”
“Lack of transparency.”
About Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hogan Lovells is a global megafirm with more than 50 offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The firm boasts more than 2,800 lawyers, making it one of the largest firms around.
The Making of a Megafirm
Hogan Lovells was formed in 2010 by the merger of DC’s Hogan & Hartson and London’s Lovells. Hogan & Hartson traced its roots to 1904, the year when trial lawyer Frank J. Hogan hung out a shingle in the nation’s capital. Nelson Hartson, an IRS attorney, joined Hogan in 1925. Hogan & Hartson became known for its government, regulatory, and tax work and also developed strengths in litigation, 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. The firm then underwent pivotal mergers in 1966, 1988, and 2000 and eventually became known by one name: Lovells.
Blazing Privacy Trails and Health Care
Hogan Lovells focuses on five major practices: corporate; finance; global regulatory; IP; and litigation, arbitration, and employment. Industries the firm focuses on run the gamut from aerospace and automotive to energy and financial institutions to life sciences and technology, plus many more. 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.
The firm is also well known for its health care practice, which is No. 5 in Vault’s practice area rankings. The firm advises a diverse group of clients across the health care industry from around the globe. The firm is often called upon to advise on regulatory issues—a hotbed in light of the Affordable Care Act and its evolution.
Hogan Lovells’ lawyers have a secret weapon in their arsenal: consultants. The firm is home to Hogan Lovells Solutions, which includes a team of technical and risk consultants who work together with the firm’s attorneys to provide legal, technical, and management advice.
We know the next recruiting cycle will be unlike any of us have experienced before. We understand students may be concerned about how all of the recent changes may affect their employment prospects. Hogan Lovells is committed to helping students learn about our firm, our lawyers and our practices, and we continue to believe that academic performance is just one of many indicators of potential. We value students from diverse backgrounds and life experiences who have demonstrated a drive for excellence, a passion for community involvement, and compassion for others. We seek candidates who can raise the game of the whole team and can look beyond themselves in seeking the best outcomes for our clients. These principles continue to guide our hiring decisions and we will be continuing our efforts to help students understand this during this most unusual time.
News & Awards
Miguel Zaldivar became the new CEO of Hogan Lovells in July 2020. The only AmLaw 50 law firm leader of Hispanic American origin, his priorities include a continued focus on client service and investment in key markets, as well as incentivizing collaboration, managing profitability, and supporting diversity and inclusion.
Hogan Lovells pledged at least 65,000 pro bono hours through 2023 to break down deeply rooted, systemic societal barriers that profoundly impact people of color, including combatting discrimination in housing and economic justice, criminal justice, and voting rights. The firm also will match up to US$200,000 in colleague donations to organizations combating racial discrimination and injustice.
Hogan Lovells continues consistent and profitable growth with a revenue increase of 6 percent in 2019, as well as higher increases in revenue per lawyer and profits per equity partner. The Americas represented approximately 50 percent of total billings. Global practice group revenues of total billings included Corporate—29 percent, Litigation—29 percent, Global Regulatory—19 percent, Finance—13 percent, and IP—10 percent. The firm, with its strategy of focusing on key industry sectors, having a substantive global reach, and combining a market-leading regulatory capability with its other practice areas, is recognized by clients as a powerful force and by laterals as an attractive place to build their careers.
The firm announced promotions across a network of 45+ offices in 24+ countries, spanning Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Fourteen of the 29 new partners represent the Americas, and more than 40 percent of the firm’s new partners and counsel are women.
- Advised Novartis on its strategic artificial intelligence and data-science collaboration with Microsoft as it founded the Novartis AI Innovation Lab.
- On behalf of Equifax, the firm achieved a first-of-its kind global settlement in the data security arena that allowed the company to resolve a consumer class action and the investigations of two federal agencies (the FTC and CFPB) and multiple states.
- Advised Ford Motor Company on the US$2.6 billion investment by Volkswagen into Ford’s autonomous vehicle platform company, Argo AI. The transaction allows both automakers to independently integrate Argo’s self-driving system into their own vehicles.
- Obtained a key pro bono victory in the successful challenge to a rule that had effectively prevented those entering the United States across the Southern Border from seeking asylum in Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition v. Trump
- Top 10 Firm for Flexible Work Options, May 2020—Yale Law Women
- Most Innovative Firm in North America, December 2019—Financial Times Innovative Lawyers in North America, Europe, and Asia
- Practice Groups of the Year: Sports & Betting, Transportation/Automotive, Privacy and Cybersecurity, January 2020—Law360
- Hogan Lovells’ Pro Bono practice was recognized by Legal Week, The Lawyer, and The National Law Journal, 2019/2020
- Shortlisted for Diversity and Inclusion efforts by Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020 for furthering Diversity & Inclusion and For Inclusive Firm of the Year-Winner to be determined, July 2020
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 637-5600
CEO: Miguel Zaldivar, Jr.
Hiring Partners: Timothy A. Lloyd (U.S.), Justin O’Brien and Julia McLetchie (Boston), Carin Carithers, Jess Ellsworth, Ajay Kuntamukkala, and Will Yavinsky (DC), Brian R. Chappell and Allison Caplis-Mandelberg (Baltimore), Niki Frangos Tuttle and Craig Umbaugh (Denver), Cullen G. Taylor and Chris Pickens (McLean), Christina Pallares and Kenneth Kirschner (NY), Mike Turrill (LA), Juan Garcia (Miami), Kelliann Payne (Philadelphia), Cristina Rodriguez (Houston), Jon Layman (SF), Nate Gallon (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
2.5K - 3K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Most U.S. offices
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: $3,650/week *Compensation is based on 2,000-billable-hour levels (after 1,850 billable hours, unlimited pro bono).
Director of Associate Recruitment
(202) 637- 8640
Recruiting contacts for all locations on the firm's website.
No. of U.S. Offices: 15
No. of International Offices: 36
Colorado Springs, CO
Louisville Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC (U.S. HQ)
Ho Chi Minh City
London (International HQ)
Corporate & Finance
Litigation, Arbitration, & Employment
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.