“Lawyers at Hogan Lovells have the resources, clients, and matters that you would expect of a large, multinational law firm, but the professional opportunities that are typically associated with legal boutiques.”
- Aaron Crane, Partner, Houston
I focus on commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on aviation and energy litigation.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I decided to join Hogan Lovells as a lateral associate for two primary reasons: I thought the firm would provide me with professional opportunities that I would not have at my previous firm, and I wanted the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and most well-respected legal minds in Houston.
Before I joined the firm, I expected the opportunity to interact with clients, argue hearings, and take depositions. My experience here has absolutely exceeded that expectation.
Lawyers at Hogan Lovells have the resources, clients, and matters that you would expect of a large, multinational law firm, but the professional opportunities that are typically associated with legal boutiques.
My primary responsibilities include researching and writing various motions and legal memoranda, preparing and responding to written discovery, working with witnesses, and advising clients. I also manage a docket of smaller cases for a major petrochemical refiner, transporter, and marketer. When acting in that capacity, I interface with opposing counsel, local counsel, and the client. I also prepare and/or revise discovery responses and written motions. I routinely work with the Caracas, Washington, D.C., Miami, New York, and Philadelphia offices.
The firm provides early, frequent, and significant opportunities for professional development. In my experience, this is largely driven by the individual partners and the associates who work with them. The Houston partners really encourage associates to take on leadership roles (both in the community and the firm) and provide professional opportunities that are unparalleled. I am confident that I am a better lawyer because I came to Hogan Lovells.
My colleagues at Hogan Lovells are smart, hardworking, collaborative, and caring. Many of the partners in my office are both mentors and friends — it’s a very collegial and collaborative office.
I also socialize with many of my Hogan Lovells colleagues outside of the office — we enjoy dinners, baseball games, birthday parties, and even Christmas Eve dinner together.
I assisted a wounded Iraqi war veteran with his appeal to the Army’s medical evaluation board, which resulted in him receiving a revised disability rating that provided him with full disability benefits. This representation was one of the most personally rewarding matters I have worked on in my career.
Word to the wise
I think Hogan Lovells presents students with a wonderful opportunity to develop their skills very early in their career. In my experience, the opportunities provided here are unsurpassed. I would also encourage students to consider the people they’ll be working with and to assess the culture of the firms they are considering. This is a critical, but often overlooked, part of the process. Not only does Hogan Lovells withstand such scrutiny, but this is where the firm really shines: Hogan Lovells associates have access to some of the top legal minds in the country, but in a collegial and collaborative environment.
I was named a “Rising Star” in General Litigation by Texas Super Lawyers. My practice includes general and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on aviation and energy.
I graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2005. Before attending law school, I was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, where I served as the training officer, gunnery officer, and electronic warfare officer aboard the USS John Hancock (DD-981).
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I especially enjoy playing baseball (t-ball) with my sons and taking my family to baseball games. My other interests include Vanderbilt sports, college football and basketball, and professional baseball and football.