555 Thirteenth Street, NW | Washington | DC | 20004
Year of establishment
Number of offices
Formed through the combination of two top international law firms, Hogan & Hartson and Lovells - now Hogan Lovells, offers an experience of working with a law firm having worldwide profile of more than 40 offices across 20 countries. Formed on May 1, 2010 by the merger of Washington D.C.-based Hogan & Hartson and London-based Lovells, Hogan Lovells has around 2,500 lawyers with its revenues touching $1.8 billion or £1.1 billion.
The firm provides services in the fields of corporate, finance, regulatory, litigation and intellectual property among many others.
Hogan Lovells has headquarters in London, United Kingdom and Washington, D.C., United States. The firm comprises of two partnerships, Hogan Lovells US LLP and Hogan Lovells International LLP, which is an international partnership which includes the bulk of the legacy Lovells firm and Hogan & Hartson's international offices.
Practice breadth, geographical reach, and industry knowledge are some of the strong aspects of the firm. Among Hogan Lovells' clients are notables like Ford Motor Co., General Electric, IBM, SAB Miller, Chase, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Black & Decker and UnitedHealth.
The erstwhile Hogan & Hartson has its roots in 1904. Gradually, the firm became known for its government, regulatory and tax work, while over the years, it also developed strengths in litigation, transactional law and intellectual property.
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 with another UK stalwart Haslewoods. 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, which had offices throughout Europe and traced its roots to 1884.
By the time of the Lovells merger in 2010, Hogan & Hartson had grown to include over two dozen offices in 12 countries.
Areas of practice
Arbitration and Employment
Some of the notable cases by Hogan Lovells include the following:
In 2011, Hogan Lovells advised NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary Genesis Solar on the approximately $1 billion development of a 250 megawatt utility-scale solar thermal electric generating facility in Riverside County, California. The facility features parabolic trough solar thermal technology.
Hogan Lovells represented PricewaterhouseCoopers Bermuda in a successful defense against claims that the accounting firm had failed to expose Bernard Madoff's fraud when it audited him.
The firm represented telecommunications company PAETEC Holding Corp in its merger with fellow communications company Windstream Corporation in a transaction worth around $2.3 billion. The merger created a national telecommunications provider with over $6 billion in total revenue and a nationwide network of about 100,000 fiber route miles.
Hogan Lovells advised SABMiller Plc, in a $7 billion bond financing, the largest corporate bond offering in the U.S. market in the past two years, with the proceeds used to repay a substantial part of the Foster's acquisition cost.
Awards and recognitions
Hogan Lovells has been conferred with some of the prestigious awards and rankings in the law circles.
Some of the notable ones include The Times Top 50 Employers for Women and Dealmaker of the year awards.
The firm has won Three Prizes at The Lawyer Awards 2012.
Hogan Lovells won Three Euromoney European Women in Business Law Awards 2012.
The firm ranked in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for the second consecutive year in 2012.
Hogan Lovells was nominated as Law Firm of the Year by Reactions Magazine.
The firm was shortlisted for Business Charity Awards in first year.
Hogan Lovells topped PLC Which lawyer? Insurance and Reinsurance Super League 2012.
It emerged as the dealmaker of the Year.
Hogan Lovells hires qualified candidates with outstanding performance. Superior academic credentials, particularly with respect to law school grades and class rank, and excellent written and oral communication skills, are required qualifications over and above the basic requirements. The firm encourages candidates with characteristics like demonstrated leadership skill, strong motivation, good judgment, the ability to work well with others, and an interest in community involvement.
The firm participates in job fairs and campus recruitment's. In 2011, the firm visited 10 law schools for campus recruitment's, while it participated in 2 job fairs during 2011.
Hogan Lovells has a comprehensive strategy to enhance diversity and ensure an inclusive atmosphere, which utilizes both top-down and bottom-up approaches. Diversity is an integral part of Hogan Lovells.
The firm provides work environment where people of all backgrounds and experiences can reach their full potential, regardless of factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability. Women and other minority partners hold key management positions throughout Hogan Lovells, including serving as office managing partners, heads of major practice groups, and chairs of key global committees.
Summer associate program
The firm offers summer associate programs in its Baltimore, Colorado, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. offices. The summer associates are assigned work by an attorney summer coordinator and are expected to complete 10 to 15 assignments in various practice areas over the course of the summer. The firm also holds a summer associate retreat in its Washington, DC office.
The firm extended offers to 92% of its batch of 87 for the year 2009, while that followed up with 100% offers to all 58 members of its 2010 summer class. Hogan Lovells delayed the start date for the Class of 2009 to November 2009, and some members of the class of 2010 voluntarily chose to take a one-year deferral to pursue public interest opportunities. The firm anticipates deferring 38 members of the incoming class of 2011 to fall 2012.
Salary & benefits
Hogan Lovells's starting salary is $160,000. The firm pays this starting salary in each of its U.S. offices. The firm's unique bonus structure tends to benefit those who bill in the 2,000-hour range, but it does not provide much incentive to those associates who bill far above that level.
The firm offers benefits such as subsidized cafeteria and an on-site subsidized backup childcare in the Washington, D.C. office, subsidized on-site gym memberships in the New York and Washington, D.C. offices, $5,000 of financial aid per adoption, iPhones, and a $1,000 laptop subsidy.
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Health Club Membership
Long-term Disability Insurance
Short-term Disability Insurance
Benefits Package: Hogan Lovells places great emphasis on the health and welfare of our lawyers. Our benefit programs reflect the firm's intent to strike a successful work/life balance. As we continue to grow and attract the finest lawyers in the law firm community, our comprehensive benefit programs help distinguish us from other firms in the market place.
Working for the Hogan Lovells
Working at Hogan Lovells brings an opportunity to be a partner at the firm. Any associate working at least 67 per cent of full-time is eligible to be considered for advancement to counsel or partner.
The firm has two partnership tracks. Associates are considered for partnership eight years after law school graduation. Some associates are promoted to counsel before being promoted to partner. Attorneys working at least a two-thirds part-time schedule remain eligible for partner.
Seven associates and four counsel were made partner in 2009, while another five associates were elevated to counsel. The firm is known for its connections to both political parties, and in 2009, several partners left to join the Obama Administration, and former Senator John Warner joined the firm.
The Hogan Lovells' pro bono practice helps those without access to justice or the means to hire lawyers, and to meet the legal needs of charities and non-profit social enterprises. 'The goal of Pro Bono Practice is to attain excellent results for clients in need,' the firm believes.
The firm has a separate pro bono practice group, staffed by a partner and several associates who are devoted exclusively to providing pro bono legal services and facilitating other pro bono efforts by firm attorneys. In 2010, 78% of associates in the Washington, D.C. office averaged 107 pro bono hours each. The firm will credit up to 100 hours of pro bono work for attorneys who bill at least 1,800 hours annually.
The firm encourages individual lawyers to volunteer and bring potential pro bono matters to the firm.
Hogan Lovells has an internal Pro Bono Team Fellowship program through which lawyers not assigned to the Pro Bono Practice can seek extraordinary hours credit for large pro bono matters. The firm budgets 5,000 hours annually to support the work of associates in offices all over the U.S. on large and complex pro bono matters, in addition to the usual hours credit that is provided.
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