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Hogan Lovells U.S. Careers

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With deep roots extending back more than a century, the Washington, D.C. office is our largest U.S. office with approximately 500 lawyers.

The office is located between the White House and the Capitol, near many government agencies, trade organizations, and other centers of power in our nation’s capital, symbolizing our prominent position at the intersection of business, government, and the law.

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Interesting notes

  • Leverages regulatory strengths to serve clients at the intersection of business and government
  • Full service litigation, corporate, finance, regulatory, and IP capabilities
  • Recognized as Best Law Firm for Women for the sixth consecutive year by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers
  • Identified among top five law firms with the strongest brand in Acritas' annual U.S. Law Firms Brand Index in 2017
  • Named as most recommended law firm by general counsel in BTI survey
  • Our pioneering U.S. pro bono practice, which was named to National Law Journal's 2018 Pro Bono Hot List, began in Washington, D.C. more than 40 years ago when we were the first firm to establish a separate practice devoted exclusively to pro bono
  • Received a perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for nine consecutive years


For Summer Associates, please contact:

Lynn Ann Herron
Regional Associate Recruitment Manager, DC Region
Hogan Lovells US LLP
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004


Tacie Williams
Associate Recruitment Manager
Hogan Lovells US LLP
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

For Entry-level, Judicial Clerks, and Lateral Associates, please contact:

Suzanne Hudgens
Lateral Associate Recruitment Specialist
Hogan Lovells US LLP
555 13th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Our work

Practice areas

Under the umbrella of six main practice groups — corporate, finance, litigation and arbitration, government regulatory, intellectual property, and pro bono — our lawyers practice in more than 50 substantive areas. Virtually every practice group has a significant presence in our Washington, D.C. office.

Significant clients

  • Anthem, Inc.
  • General Electric
  • Novartis
  • Orbital Sciences
  • Daimler AG
  • Abbot GMBH
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Google
  • ACON Investments
  • Reckitt Benckiser

Read more about our work in Washington, D.C.

Summer program


We anticipate having 45 summer associates in 2019.

Committed to your growth

At Hogan Lovells, you become part of a team that understands client issues, solves problems, builds relationships, and works together. Summer associates select projects from a “pool” of requests from lawyers in all practice areas. Many practice groups also offer two-week “mini-rotations” that give summer associates extended exposure to a preferred practice group.

We invest in our people with training events that help you learn new skills, grow your networks, and build a sense of camaraderie across offices. Beyond formal training, the quality of work you receive from the start will accelerate your development and help you build on your strengths. Students learn from our lawyers in a variety of settings; by participating in skills-training courses in our litigation, corporate, and regulatory groups; and also by attending closings, depositions, and legislative and administrative hearings. Summer associates have the opportunity to meet with members of our alumni who serve in prominent leadership roles in government and business. Summer associates also enjoy both partner and associate mentors and benefit from the guidance of many lawyers.

A great place to work

Summer associates have many opportunities to get to know our lawyers, the city, and each other through formal and informal events and interactions. These could include enjoying dinner at the home of a partner, attending concerts at local music venues, feasting on crabs in Annapolis, singing karaoke with fellow summer associates, cheering on the Nats, or participating in a friendly cooking competition. Summer associates are also encouraged to spend time with our lawyers over coffee or lunch to learn more about our people and Hogan Lovells’ practices. Our Citizenship Day program provides DC office lawyers, summer associates, and business services teams the chance to work together at a variety of local organizations to make an impact on our community.

An inclusive atmosphere

Diversity and inclusion are at the core of who we are and how we do business. We attract and retain a talented workforce and build teams of people with different perspectives and life experiences. We work better together because our people feel included, valued, and empowered.


We recruit smart, well rounded candidates who want to maximize their professional potential and who share our commitment to client service. Lawyers from the Washington, D.C. office conduct interviews at law schools across the United States. Please contact your law school's career development office to sign up for an on-campus interview.

Billable hours and Agile work

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

Hogan Lovells’ commitment to pro bono legal work is deeply rooted in our culture and history. Our pioneering U.S. pro bono practice began more than 40 years ago, with the founding of the first law firm legal department dedicated entirely to providing pro bono legal services. We donate our legal skills to help the wrongfully convicted, the homeless and marginalized, victims of human trafficking and other underserved populations. Annually, we deliver more than 100,000 hours of free legal services and mobilize hundreds of volunteers to work on projects in areas such as poverty alleviation, education, human rights, and international development.

The Pro Bono practice has been honored with tributes such as the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award and the District of Columbia Bar’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award. It was also presented with two Outstanding Achievement Awards by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and was recognized as one of Law360's Pro Bono Firms of the year. We were also awarded Best Firm for Pro Bono Work at the inaugural Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards, which honors the achievements of women leading the legal sector across the Americas.

Recent pro bono work includes:

  • We filed multiple amicus briefs in the landmark marriage equality cases United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, each recently decided by the Supreme Court.
  • Together with LatinoJustice, we are representing Latino voters in a federal lawsuit against Orange County, FL, in which we are challenging the county’s redistricting plans as unlawfully diluting the voting rights of Latino residents in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Together with Freedom Now, we helped secure the release of two Turkmen journalists who had been unlawfully imprisoned in Turkmenistan since 2006 on false weapons charges.
  • Together with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington, we represent individuals in federal court who are challenging the alleged perpetuation of residential segregation in Garden City, NY, an affluent, predominantly white town. Plaintiffs allege that Garden City deliberately rezoned a Nassau County-owned property within Garden City to obstruct the construction of affordable housing based on racist motivations.
  • We represented the largest international organization devoted to ocean conservation in a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service to establish monitoring of catch limits in the New England Groundfish Fishery.
  • We have worked with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to draft and file amicus curiae briefs in cases across the country to help public officials resisting challenges to various handgun regulations. Since December 2010 we have filed more than 20 briefs in California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit, and the Illinois Supreme Court. The subject matter includes challenges to public and/or concealed handgun permit regulations, to age restrictions on the sale of handguns to minors, to gun regulations on public housing grounds, and to gun carry restrictions on municipal property.
  • In conjunction with the International Senior Lawyers’ Project, we are providing significant legal assistance to the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. We have played integral roles in establishing the Ministry’s General Counsel’s office, drafting legislation creating the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (and developing regulations to implement the law), drafting comprehensive mental health legislation and reproductive health legislation, and making important revisions to the country’s public health laws.

Good Citizenship

The firm launched a ground-breaking Global Citizenship Policy in 2016, which asks everyone at the firm to commit to at least 25 hours a year to Citizenship activities. This target covers the five pillars of our Citizenship program: Pro Bono, Diversity, Community Investment, Matched Global Giving (Touch) and Environment. Team members in the Washington, D.C. office participate in several important community activities and programs, including:

  • Partnering with Marie Reed Elementary School to participate in EVERYBODY WINS!, a literacy program for low-income children.
  • Providing dinner for Calvary Women's Shelter, a 25-bed transitional housing program for women in need. Our Guest Services department prepares the food and provides all of the materials needed to serve the meal. Hogan Lovells personnel take the food and materials to the shelter and serve. We also selected Calvary Women's Shelter to be our Touch charity.
  • For more than a decade, we have collected used clothing and cash donations for Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH), a nonprofit founded in 1986 and run by members of the Washington, D.C. legal community. Hogan Lovells is a recognized leader in donations to GFTH, which is the main source of clothing desperately needed by many in the area.
  • Our lawyers serve as Mentor-Advocates for College Advocates, a local program for promising public and charter high school students in the District who are seeking college admission.
  • Each summer we sponsor a lunch program called “Eat Less, Give More.” The program is a simple and easy way for us to make a valuable contribution to our community. Under the program, lawyers and their summer associate lunch guests can donate the cost of their lunch to one of three local nonprofit organizations that provide much valuable services to our community. Recently, proceeds from the program were donated to Calvary Women’s Services and the Michael Mosier Foundation to Defeat DIPG.

Office-specific benefits

Back-up childcare

An onsite, emergency childcare center for children ages 2 months – 12 years is available to all employees.

1904 Hogan Lovells cafeteria

Open Monday-Friday, our onsite firm subsidized cafeteria offers a variety of delicious and healthy food options, including soup and salad bar, deli, pizza counter, smoothie and juice bar, frozen yogurt and daily hot food and pasta specials. Recently, our chef has been cooking with fresh herbs from our very own rooftop garden, visible from the terrace reserved for employees to relax and enjoy their meals.