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The New York office has more than 190 resident lawyers and is the firm’s second largest U.S. office. It has the friendly, collegial, and team-oriented environment for which Hogan Lovells is well known.

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Interesting notes

  • The low partner-associate ratio in the New York office, which is typical of our firm as a whole, is critical to maintaining an upbeat, positive atmosphere and extensive partner-associate contact. By design, this environment encourages direct interaction between our associates and partners and fosters opportunities for our associates to enhance their skills and to succeed at the firm.
  • In addition to working well together, our lawyers socialize frequently at happy hours, cocktail parties, and other informal occasions. We also get together for various events during the summer and at year-end for our holiday party.
  • The New York diversity committee works alongside the global Hogan Lovells committee to promote a diverse workplace with an emphasis on minority recruitment and retention. It sponsors bi-monthly happy hours to highlight the diverse cultures of our lawyers and staff.
  • We also have a women’s working group that focuses on issues related to hiring, retaining, and advancing the careers of women lawyers. Both the diversity committee and women’s working group are comprised of New York partners and associates.
  • All 2010, 2011, and 2012 New York summer associates received offers to return to the firm as associates following their graduation or judicial clerkships.


For further information about our New York office or our summer associate program, please contact:

Nancy Merriman
Recruitment Manager
Hogan Lovells US LLP
875 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Our work

Practice areas

  • Appellate litigation
  • Automotive
  • Bankruptcy, restructuring, and insolvency
  • Capital markets
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate
  • Corporate governance
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Finance
  • Financial institutions
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure and project finance
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor and employment
  • Lending and creditors' rights
  • Life sciences
  • Media, entertainment, and telecommunications
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • Securities litigation
  • Structured finance
  • Tax
  • White collar and investigations


Our clients include some of the world’s largest:

  • Investment banks and financial institutions
  • Accounting firms
  • Internet businesses
  • Real estate developers
  • Automobile manufacturers
  • Insurance and reinsurance companies
  • Media, entertainment, and telecommunications companies
  • Energy companies
  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Healthcare providers

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Summer program

Program size and duration

We typically have 12-14 summer associates in our program, which runs for 10 weeks.

Work assignments and training

Most summer associates will work on 2-3 assignments at any given time during the summer; some will be long-term projects, and others will be of shorter duration. The summer program provides extensive interaction with associates and partners, and encourages the exploration of a broad range of practice areas and activities. Weekly lunch training sessions are held at which lawyers provide an overview of their practice areas or teach practical skills, such as deposition and legal writing skills. Summer associates in the New York office can also participate in training programs that occur in other offices via videoconference.

Social events

Regularly scheduled social events are an important opportunity for summer associates to meet and get to know our lawyers (as well as other summer associates) outside the work environment. Some of our summer associate events include:

  • Alvin Ailey dance performance
  • Billiards and ping pong at Slate
  • Bowling at Bowlmor Lanes
  • Cheese and wine tasting
  • Cooking event
  • Dinners at partners’ homes
  • Karaoke and dinner in Koreatown
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Summer Associate Retreat in Washington, D.C.
  • Yankees, Mets, and Staten Island Yankees games

Billable hours

The New York office's annual minimum productivity requirement is 2,000 hours. Credit is given for up to 100 pro bono hours (with an opportunity for additional credit approved in advance for exceptional involvement in large matters).

Discretionary bonuses have been made available based on contribution to the firm, quality of work, pro bono involvement, and other factors.

Pro bono commitment

All Hogan Lovells lawyers are encouraged to become involved in legal representation in the public interest. Our Pro Bono practice has handled hundreds of matters in recent years, including high-profile “impact cases” of national importance.

Examples of pro bono projects handled by lawyers in the New York office include:

  • Along with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, we represent a group of residents of Nassau County, Long Island, in challenging the Village of Garden City's and Nassau County's rezoning and development decisions that prevent integrated housing opportunities for minorities by locating affordable housing exclusively in minority communities while restricting affordable housing development in non-diverse enclaves like Garden City. We successfully defeated Garden City’s motion for summary judgment in February 2012, which means we may proceed to trial on our discriminatory zoning claims against Garden City.
  • We successfully represented two Syrian human rights lawyers who were wrongfully detained in violation of international law by the Assad regime. We filed a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions and the two lawyers, Haitham Al-Maleh and Muhannad Al-Hassani, were freed from prison in Damascus in March and May of this year, respectively.
  • We have been involved with seeking humanitarian parole for a group of gender-based violence victims who were living in tent cities in Haiti. We have petitioned for assistance on the ground for women similarly situated.
  • We acted as co-counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice to defend the constitutionality of Connecticut’s campaign finance reform laws, which were passed in response to political corruption scandals. Together with the Brennan Center we represented Connecticut Common Cause, the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, and two individuals who would like to become candidates for office under the reformed finance structure.
  • We work in multi-office teams to represent two prisoners currently incarcerated on death row in Florida who seek post-conviction relief. Our clients are challenging their convictions and the imposition of the death penalty.
  • We filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the practice of “death qualification” of juries in capital cases, co-counseling with the Louisiana Capital Appeals Project.
  • We represent, in a multi-office team, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition (members of the UK Parliament) and Andrew Tyrie, MP, in making FOIA requests and engaging in related litigation in order to obtain governmental records regarding the U.S. extraordinary rendition program, instances of secret detention and coercive interrogation, and the involvement of the United Kingdom in these activities.
  • We represent Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit organization supporting wounded veterans and their families in a range of corporate matters including sponsorship agreements, events partnerships, and corporate governance issues.
  • We represent Birch Family Services, a nonprofit that provides educational, residential, and related services to children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, in a variety of matters, including real estate issues, IT, personnel and contract issues, and compliance.
  • We advise the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on a variety of matters including corporate, real estate and employment issues. We co-counseled with AJC on a Supreme Court amicus brief in EEOC v. Hosanna Tabor, a case that set important First Amendment precedent regarding the intersection of the religion clauses of the first amendment and employment discrimination laws.
  • We represented four inmates who were incarcerated at Rikers Island Prison. Rikers authorities created a new form of punitive solitary confinement called No Harm Housing to deter inmates from avoiding serving solitary confinement by feigning mental illness. Rikers authorities deprived inmates placed in No Harm Housing of their psychotropic medication and clothing and compelled them to dress in suicide smocks and diapers. Plaintiffs were also deprived of regular access to counsel. Hogan Lovells filed a complaint in New York State Court on behalf on these inmates and has obtained favorable settlements for several of the clients.
  • Since 2004, New York office lawyers have mentored high school students in a legal studies program at a high school in the Bronx, New York. Our lawyers helped to prepare the students for a mock trial competition in the spring semester and a moot court competition in the fall semester. The competitions, sponsored by Fordham Law School, are designed as mentor programs to pair high schools with law firms who teach students trial advocacy and appellate skills. Our team helped the students prepare their case or oral argument by instructing them on direct and cross examinations, witness preparation, opening and closing statements, and oral advocacy skills.
  • We partner with South Brooklyn Legal Services and the Office of the Public Advocate to represent tenants in housing court filing repairs claims against their landlords.
  • We partner with Kids in Need of Defense, an organization that helps unaccompanied children who end up in the United States without a parent or guardian and who cannot afford a lawyer to navigate immigration proceedings, to represent children in immigration court.
  • We partner with the New York Legal Assistance Group’s LegalHealth project to draft wills and other end-of-life documents for terminal patients who are homebound or confined to a hospital.
  • We represent WBGO, Newark Public Radio (Jazz 88.3FM) in a range of matters including corporate, employment, intellectual property, and litigation.
  • We have worked on various matters, including assisting a family faced with eviction, for low-income clients of Friends of Karen, an organization that assists families with terminally ill children. One case involved securing payment of hospital bills from a patient's insurance company.

Hogan Lovells has a longstanding tradition of improving our community through pro bono work. All lawyers are expected to participate in pro bono activities. The New York office has an associate dedicated to lead the Pro Bono practice. This position is an eighteen-month-long, rotating position for which all associates may apply. The associate selected for this position spends part of his/her time working on pro bono matters and coordinating the development of pro bono work for other lawyers in the office.

Community outreach

As part of our ongoing commitment to the community, New York lawyers and staff are active in many organizations, including:

  • Team RWB, also a pro bono client, is the New York office’s local charity for 2013. In addition to fundraising, we are involved in numerous activities for veterans, including a run in Central Park with Team RWB to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Lawyers and staff volunteer throughout the year for City Meals on Wheels and deliver meals to homebound elderly.
  • New York lawyers and staff contribute to an annual holiday toy drive where we collect gifts and money to deliver to one of the firm’s pro bono clients. Past recipients have included Sanctuary for Families, Friends of Karen, Nazareth Housing, and Birch Family Services.
  • Lawyers and staff in the Corporate and Real Estate practice groups volunteer once a year at an area soup kitchen, which in the past have included Bowery Mission, Masba Soup Kitchen, and the Yorkville Food Pantry.
  • Hogan Lovells sent a team of partners and clients from around the word to participate in London to Paris 2011, a 300-mile, three-day race from London to Paris, for charity. We raised money for two very worthwhile causes: Action Against Hunger and Leukemia and Lymphoma Research in partnership with The Geoff Thomas Foundation.

In addition to contributions made by New York lawyers and staff through firm sponsored organizations, many lawyers and staff members are also active in organizations on an individual basis including:

  • Robin Keller, a business restructuring and insolvency partner, is chairman of the board of directors of Birch Family Services, a nonprofit engaged in the provision of educational, residential, and related services to children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Birch is one of the largest providers of such services in New York City, has groundbreaking achievements in the education of teachers of children with autism, and has recently opened the first residential school for teenagers with autism in New York City.
  • Cathy Yu, a business restructuring and insolvency associate, is a member of Birch Family Services’ associate board.
  • Maureen Hanlon, a corporate partner, serves as a “big sister” through Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, whose mission is to provide mentors to all children who need caring adult role models. Maureen and her “little sister” talk once a week and get together once or twice a month. She also participates in the Long Beach Waterfront Warriors Program, which brings wounded veterans from Walter Reade Hospital with their families to Long Beach, NY, for a week of summer vacation. Maureen hosts a family each year in her apartment, raises funds, and participates in activities with the veterans and their families while they are in Long Beach.
  • Jessica Straley, a real estate associate, runs marathons and trains with Team in Training, which raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Carl Chiappa, a litigation partner, has served as co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund for a number of years. The Fund helps students obtain a good education in a safe, secure environment in New York City.
  • Steve Edwards, a litigation partner, is president of the board of directors of Nazareth Housing, an organization committed to the promotion of housing stability and economic independence among impoverished families and youth of New York City.
  • Erin Meyer, a litigation associate, is an active member of the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association and has coordinated collaboration between the Committee, Hogan Lovells, and Lambda Legal in drafting a set of model hospital policies that will assist hospitals in providing an affirming and inclusive environment for transgender patients.
  • Pete Dennin, a litigation partner, is the director of the golf skills competition for the Connecticut State Special Olympics Games. Pete is also a unified athlete who partners with a Special Olympian to compete in the track and field games each summer.
  • Stanley Plesent, of counsel in our litigation group, has been on the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation board of trustees since 1972, where he served as chairman for 16 years and as chairman emeritus ever since. The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation's mission is to further the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey by establishing an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. This performing arts community plays a crucial social role using the beauty and humanity of the African American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages, and backgrounds. Stanley has also been on City Center’s board of directors since 1977. City Center’s mission is to make the finest in the performing arts accessible to the broadest possible audience, while insuring that its landmark facility remains an active and welcoming venue to both audiences and artists throughout the year.
  • Russell DaSilva, a finance partner, serves as chairman of the executive committee of Princeton-in-Asia, Inc., a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ, that provides placement for young college graduates to live and work in 20 Asian countries. He also serves on the U.S. board of trustees of Farm Africa, a nonprofit based in London, whose mission is to end hunger in Africa by teaching farmers sustainable methods of agriculture and forestry, correcting dysfunctions in the harvesting, transportation and distribution of food, and improving the access of farmers to domestic and international markets. Lastly, he sits on the board of trustees and is vice president for Grant Administration of the International Bar Association Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation associated with the International Bar Association. The Foundation funds discrete projects that encourage the rule of law and the rights of the underrepresented.
  • Allison Funk, a litigation attorney, is the secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5253 located in Albertson, NY. The Ladies Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the veterans of the United States of America and their families. The members of the Ladies Auxiliary volunteer time at VA Medical Centers, donate money to cancer aid and research, sponsor various scholarships, and run a home for homeless military families and orphaned children in Michigan.
  • Nancy Merriman, our recruitment manager, is a member of the City Bar Chorus, a committee of the New York City Bar Association whose mission is to reach out to the community through music by singing at community venues such as senior residences, nursing homes, AIDS residences, cancer treatment centers, and pediatric and rehabilitation facilities.