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The New York office has more than 210 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, 2012, 2013 and 2014 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
  • International Arbitration
  • 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
  • Associate/Summer Associate rooftop event
  • Beer and cheese tasting
  • Bowling at Lucky Strike
  • Cooking event
  • Karaoke
  • Summer Associate Retreat in Washington, D.C.
  • Trivia event
  • Yankees games

Billable hours

The New York office's annual minimum productivity requirement is 2,000 hours. U.S. Associates who achieve at least 1,850 billable hours during a compensation year receive unlimited billable-hour credit for pro bono hours, which counts for bonus consideration U.S. Associates who achieve at least 1,800 billable hours during a compensation year receive billable-hour credit for up to 100 pro bono hours, which counts for bonus consideration. There is also 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 of our lawyers are encouraged to become involved in legal representation in the public interest. In the New York office, 92 percent of our attorneys participated in pro bono matters in 2014. During the same time period, 82 percent of Hogan Lovells lawyers nationwide devoted at least 20 hours to pro bono.

In recent years our Pro Bono practice has handled hundreds of matters, including high-profile “impact cases” of national importance. We also regularly provide aid to, among other constituencies in need, wounded warriors, the chronically and terminally ill, survivors of abuse and violence, individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, and low-income tenants. The work we do spans all of our practices and lawyers’ skill sets.

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

  • We successfully challenged the Village of Garden City's discriminatory and exclusionary zoning practices that blocked the development of affordable housing for minorities. Together with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, we represented residents of Nassau County, Long Island, in a three-week trial in the Eastern District of New York. The court ruled in our favor, finding that Garden City’s acts “had both an adverse impact on minorities and tended to perpetuate segregation,” which has allowed Garden City to remain a white enclave surrounded by predominantly minority neighboring towns.
  • For more than 25 years we worked in multi-office teams to challenge the imposition of the death penalty by the state of Florida on John Ferguson, a man who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. We asserted that Ferguson’s profound mental illness should have been presented in mitigation of his sentence and rendered him incompetent to be executed under the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Though ultimately Mr. Ferguson was executed despite our team’s heroic efforts, our work on his behalf afforded him additional time, elevated the debate about capital punishment, and brought national attention to the significant constitutional issues surrounding the death penalty and mental illness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In collaboration with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Human Rights Campaign, and the New York City Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Committee, we drafted a first-of-its-kind set of model transgender-affirming hospital policies. This groundbreaking publication offers much-needed guidance to hospitals seeking to provide culturally competent healthcare to transgender patients and to honor the spirit and letter of new laws prohibiting discrimination against transgender people.
  • 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 to obtain governmental records regarding the US extraordinary rendition program, instances of secret detention and coercive interrogation, and the involvement of the UK government in those activities.
  • 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.

The New York office has an associate dedicated to help coordinate the office’s Pro Bono practice. This position is an 18-month-long, rotating position for which all associates may apply. The associate selected for this position spends up to half 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. These include:

  • We selected Sanctuary for Families, also a pro bono client, as the New York office’s 2014-2015 local charity. Sanctuary is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence.
  • We volunteer throughout the year for City Meals on Wheels and deliver meals to homebound elderly.
  • We 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 Friends of Karen, Nazareth Housing, and Birch Family Services.
  • We host a canned food drive for City Harvest and a clothing drive for Bottomless Closet at Thanksgiving time.
  • Our Corporate and Real Estate practice groups volunteer once a year at an area soup kitchen, including Bowery Mission, Masba Soup Kitchen, and the Yorkville Food Pantry.
  • We participate in a run for Team RWB in Gettysburg, PA, with staff from the Washington, D.C. office.
  • 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 members of our office are also active in organizations on an individual basis. These include:

  • 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 developed recognized market-leading techniques for the education of children and teachers of children with autism, and operates group homes and one of the few residential schools for teenagers with autism in New York City. Birch runs a ground-breaking program called the New Frontier, which provides life planning advice and support services to young adults on the autism spectrum around jobs and careers, housing, social opportunities, health, and wellbeing.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Samaa Haridi is a Board member of the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), which has as its mission to find a cure for type-one diabetes through the support of research. JDRF is also committed to developing new and better treatments that improve the lives of people with type-one diabetes in the near term and keep them healthy while advancing toward a cure.
  • Lee Samuelson is on the Central New Jersey board of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). Over the past 113 years, JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader by planting more than 250 million trees, building over 240 reservoirs and dams, developing over 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 2,000 parks, providing the infrastructure for over 1,000 communities, and connecting thousands of children and young adults to Israel and their heritage.
  • Emil Arca, a capital markets and finance partner, is president of the New York Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policies, a nonprofit organization that hosts debates and similar events on significant legal and public policy issues affecting New York City and the nation.
  • Conway Ekpo, a litigation associate, is an adjunct law professor at Rutgers School of Law - Newark, where he teaches a course on New York Civil Practice. He also volunteers as a summer program guest lecturer for Legal Outreach, a program which prepares urban youth from underserved communities in New York City to compete at high academic levels by using legal education methods. Conway currently serves as the Treasurer of the Nigerian Lawyers Association, and also serves on the board of directors for the Garden State Bar Association, New Jersey's historically African-American bar association. He also serves on the board of advisors for the Northeast Black Law Students Association. Lastly, Conway is a founding member of 1844, a networking and community service-based group of approximately 75 African-American male law firm associates who practice in New York's Am Law 100 law firms. The name, 1844, is a reference to the year that the first African-American became licensed to practice law in the United States. Conway and the members of 1844 have collaborated with Hogan Lovells' New York office to conduct bar exam preparation and other programming aimed at minority law students.
  • 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 emeritus of Nazareth Housing, an organization committed to the promotion of housing stability and economic independence among impoverished families and youth of New York City. Steve is also on the board and treasurer of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a public interest law group that advocates for the interests of the poor; on the board and executive committee of the Jazz Foundation of America, which helps jazz musicians in need; on the board of WBGO, a nonprofit jazz radio station that is part of the NPR network and the largest jazz station in the word in terms of audience size; on the advisory board of Legal Services NYC, the largest provider of legal services in the country to the poor for civil matters; and on the advisory board of the pro bono partnership, which provides opportunities for lawyers employed by corporations to perform pro bono legal services.
  • Erin Meyer, a litigation associate, is a member of the Sanctuary For Families Pro Bono Council and has coordinated collaboration between the Sanctuary For Families and Hogan Lovells in assisting survivors of domestic violence with immigration and family courts.
  • Alli Schoenthal, a litigation partner, is the vice president and on the board of the American Jewish Committee, which is a nonprofit focused on global Jewish advocacy and the advancement of democratic values worldwide. She focuses particularly on the diplomacy and legislative issues and her duties include meeting with diplomats, politicians, and other decision-makers to address issues such as energy independence, immigration, peace, and security for Israel, and human rights. Alli is also involved with and supports Goodwill Industries, Lighthouse International Institute for the Blind (a pro bono client), and Girls Inc.
  • 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.
  • 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 22 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 associate, 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.