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The New York office has more than 220 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.


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

Melissa Leidl
Associate 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

Read more about our work in New York

Summer program

Program size and duration

In 2019, we expect approximately 10-15 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 cocktail party
  • Beer and cheese tasting
  • Bowling at Lucky Strike
  • Cooking event
  • Karaoke
  • Summer Associate Retreat in Washington, D.C.
  • Trivia event
  • Yankees games

Billable hours

Associates must meet our quality and firm citizenship expectations in order to be considered for class level bonuses, and are expected to work a productivity minimum of 2,000 annualized billable hours. If an associate meets 1,800 billable hours, then 50 pro bono hours worked are counted toward bonus consideration, if an associate meets 1,850 billable hours, all pro bono hours worked are counted toward bonus consideration. In addition associates may also receive discretionary bonus consideration for significant achievements in legal project management and/or contributions to business/client development efforts.

Hogan Lovells is committed to supporting our people in reaching their full potential and using agile work arrangements to develop their careers, consistent with the needs of our clients and the firm. We recognize that our workforce needs to have greater flexibility in their working arrangements. All Hogan Lovells lawyers and business services team members make take advantage of agile work arrangements at any time in their career. Agile working incorporates both time (flexible working) and location (remote working) flexibly. Agile work arrangements may include reduced hours expectations, flexible hours in the office, effective use of remote working or telecommuting, job sharing, as well as other combinations or approaches.


Pro bono commitment

All of our lawyers are encouraged to become involved in legal representation in the public interest. 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 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 volunteer throughout the year for City Meals on Wheels and deliver meals to home-bound 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.

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.