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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, 2012, and 2013 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:

  • Together with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, we represented a group of residents of Nassau County, Long Island, in challenging the Village of Garden City's discriminatory and exclusionary zoning practices that blocked the development of affordable housing that would be occupied by minorities. We participated in a three-week trial that resulted in a historic decision from the Eastern District of New York. Judge Arthur D. Spatt ruled that, by enacting the discriminatory zoning ordinance, Garden City violated the U.S. Constitution, the federal Fair Housing Act, and other civil rights statutes. The court found 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. The court also found that “discrimination played a determinative role” in Garden City’s decision to reject the originally proposed zoning, and that minorities in Nassau County “bore the brunt of the negative impacts” of that decision.
  • 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 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 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 have worked in multi-office teams since 1987 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 Mr. 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. Our 28-year legal battle for Mr. Ferguson’s life 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 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 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 Legal Services of New York City and the Office of the Public Advocate to represent tenants in housing court filing repairs claims against their landlords.
  • We handle a variety of pro bono immigration matters, including seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for unaccompanied immigrant children in partnership with Kids in Need of Defense, representing LGBT asylum seekers in partnership with Immigration Equality, and petitioning for U nonimmigrant status on behalf of victims of domestic violence in partnership with Sanctuary for Families.
  • We partner with the New York Legal Assistance Group’s LegalHealth project to draft living wills, power of attorney, and healthcare proxy documents for chronically ill 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. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Jessica Straley, a real estate associate, volunteers at the ASPCA, where she assists with socializing the dogs and cats so they can be prepared for adoption by their new families.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Tara Laszlo, a real estate associate, serves as a “big sister” through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. Tara and her “little sister” speak once a week and meet twice a month to explore the city and spend time together. Tara also raises money and participates in multiple walks each year for the March of Dimes, which funds lifesaving research and programs aimed at ending premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.
  • Aimee Saginaw, a litigation attorney, is on the board of the LGBT Community Center here in New York City. The Center provides health, wellness, and family support services; produces arts, entertainment, and cultural programming; and serves as a hub and resource for the city’s LGBT community and all allies.
  • 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.