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Adam Brown
See yourself
finding balance between work and life.

"Hogan Lovells is a family-friendly firm. Partners and associates understand that we have lives outside of the firm."

- Adam Brown, Partner, Northern Virginia

Focus

I have a broad practice focused primarily on private equity work, though I have considerable public securities experience as well.

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

When I began the process of applying for summer associate positions at law firms, I recall being overwhelmed by the number of firms out there and how seemingly similar all of them were. I was fairly certain that I wanted to be a corporate lawyer, but wanted to make sure that I sampled litigation and IP as well to be sure that I didn't prematurely close any doors. In addition, I knew that I wanted to practice in or around Washington, D.C., which is where my wife and I grew up. By focusing on firms with a strong presence in D.C., particularly in the corporate practice area, I was able to create a manageable list of potential firms, and Hogan quickly became the clear front runner for me. I spent a considerable amount of time in my law school’s career center reading testimonials from former alumni, and without fail, every person that had summered with Hogan gave the firm glowing reviews, regardless of office location. I was particularly enticed by the sophistication of the work described, as well the family-friendly culture at the firm.

Experience

In my first year at the firm, I was able to work on a blind pool IPO from start to finish, playing an active role in forming the company and drafting the various disclosure documents required in the IPO process. Because the company was newly-formed and had no operating history, we had to work closely with the client to draft disclosures regarding, among other things, the company's anticipated investment strategy. During this process, I was able to develop a strong relationship with the client that has continued to this day. After the IPO closed, the company invited me and the other members of the Hogan IPO-team to attend their bell-ringing ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange, which is an experience that I will never forget.

Since joining the firm, I have also had the opportunity to represent private equity and venture capital firms on matters relating to fund formation and portfolio companies, including acquisitions, dispositions, and management of investments. I have also worked on a number of M&A transactions and multiple follow-on public securities offerings, and routinely provide general corporate governance and compliance advice to both public and private companies.

The Northern Virginia office has a very low partner to associate ratio, which often means that I have the opportunity to take the lead on tasks and assume drafting roles that would typically be assigned to a more senior associate. In particular, I am often given the opportunity to create the first draft of deal documents, perform the initial review of documents drafted by opposing counsel, and conduct negotiations with opposing counsel. This is very rewarding because it enables me to learn and gain experience at a faster pace, which in turn makes the job more satisfying by allowing me to add noticeable value to a transaction.

People

I work with a group of approximately five associates and 10 partners in Northern Virginia, along with a number of corporate lawyers in other offices throughout the United States and Europe. The office environment is extremely cordial, and everyone on the corporate team (as well as everyone in litigation and IP) is willing to pitch in to complete a task. The partners in the office are extremely approachable and are willing to take time to answer questions and explain various aspects of the transactions that we work on together. The relatively small size of our group and the camaraderie in the office have allowed me to develop strong personal and professional relationships with many of the associates and partners in the office, which is something that I value.

Hogan Lovells is a family-friendly firm. Partners and associates understand that we have lives outside of the firm.