2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The relationships with partners.”
“Incredibly unpredictable work hours and fluctuating work schedule.”
“Sometimes lack of transparency.”
“Technology can be challenging at times.”
About Hogan Lovells US LLP
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 2,800 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. 3 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.
News & Awards
Hogan Lovells wins a decisive victory in the Second Circuit on behalf of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer. The ruling protects pharmaceutical companies from costly and unwarranted discovery in product liability cases that conflict with federal requirements and protects defendants’ rights to a federal forum in cases brought between diverse parties.
A year after the firm first cracked the $2billion threshold, Hogan Lovells continues to see revenues and profits increase in 2018. The firm’s total global revenue grew 4 percent to $2.119 billion. About half of the firm’s revenue is generated in the U.S. each year, which has contributed to the overall growth of the firm stateside.
For the third consecutive year, Hogan Lovells has achieved recognition in the FT Innovative Lawyers North America 2018 Awards and was highly commended in “Managing and Development Talent” categories for the creation of a leadership training simulation for new equity partners and for the creation of a new continuous feedback program designed to replace annual performance review called Pathways. The firm was also commended in the “Managing Complexity and Scale,” “New Business and Service Delivery Models,” “New Market and Capital,” and “Rule of Law and Access to Justice” categories.
A team of Hogan Lovells professionals spent a week in Dilley, Texas, preparing women and children who fled Central America for their asylum hearings. The 19 volunteers from Miami; New York; Washington, DC; and Rio de Janeiro included a range of roles in the firm—paralegals; summer, junior, and senior associates; and partners.
- Represented Ad hoc group of bond holders of the US$6bn bond issuance issued by the Mexico City Airport Trust (MexCAT) in connection with the restructuring of the MexCAT bonds—one of the largest Latin American structured finance bond issuances ever done.
- Advised Walmart on its US$16bn purchase of a 77% stake in Flipkart.
- Represented Uber Technologies and some of its wholly owned subsidiaries on more than two dozen federal putative class actions stemming from a 2016 data security incident in which personal information of millions of Uber users—riders and drivers—around the world was accessed by a hacker.
- Advising ZTE on its criminal plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and related settlement agreements with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) arising from ZTE’s violations of U.S. export controls and economic sanctions laws.
- Received a top rating of 100 percent for 10 consecutive years on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index—Best Place for LGBT Equality. (Human Rights Campaign, 2019)
- Hogan Lovells shows continued improvement with 141 lawyers recognized with a record number in Band 1 status. (2019 Chambers USA Rankings)
- Earned Gold Standard Certification for the sixth consecutive year. (Women in Law Empowerment Forum—WILEF, 2018)
- The National Law Journal’s Trailblazers in Technology Law list selected three Hogan Lovells partners for their pioneering legal work in technology M&A, telecommunications regulation and unmanned aircraft systems. (2019)
- Law360 named four Hogan Lovells practices among its Practice Groups of the Year for 2018.
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 637-5600
CEO: Stephen J. Immelt
Hiring Partners: Timothy A. Lloyd (U.S.), Justin O’Brien and Julia McLetchie (Boston), Carin Carithers, Jess Ellsworth, Ajay Kuntamukkala (DC) 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), Bill Regan (NY), Mike Turrill (LA), Stephanie Carman (Miami), Stephen A. Loney (Philadelphia), Cristina Rodriguez (Houston), Jon Layman (SF), Nate Gallon (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
2.5K - 3K
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)
No. of Summer Associates:
99 total (79 2Ls; 20 1Ls) (2019)
Chief Associate Recruitment Officer
See firm website for more information.
Colorado Springs, CO
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC (U.S. HQ)
Ho Chi Minh City
London (International HQ)
Litigation & Arbitration
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.