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Adriana Tibbitts
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working one-on-one with clients.

“I did not expect to have as much client contact from day one as I have had as a junior associate. There is nothing more rewarding than receiving a phone call or email directly from a client asking for your advice.”

- Adriana Tibbitts, Senior Associate, Baltimore

Focus

My practice is focused on corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. Most of the clients that I work with are in the aerospace/defense and the life sciences sectors.

A significant proportion of the transactions that I have worked on to date have involved cross-border work. The international aspect of my practice is always interesting, and we are fortunate to have colleagues all over the world that can provide assistance when needed.

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

The Baltimore legal market is small and many of the job opportunities for law school graduates here involve primarily regional work. When I first began looking at firms in the area, I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to work on matters with clients all over the world. I knew that I wanted to work at an international law firm, and the combination of lawyers and practice areas in Hogan Lovells’ Baltimore office made my decision an easy one. The Baltimore office has a small firm feel but is supported by the opportunities and resources of a global firm.

As a senior associate in this office, I have the opportunity to work with all of the corporate partners in Baltimore, which has given me a broad knowledge base. Despite the size of the firm, I have never felt overlooked. The partners in my group have always put a great deal of time and consideration into staffing matters so that everyone on the team is fully engaged.

Experience

I was a summer associate at then Hogan & Hartson in 2007 and 2008 and I was given real work and participated in meetings, conference calls, and hearings as part of the team.

There is no typical workday in my practice, which is one of the things that I really appreciate. On most days, I spend at least a portion of my time on the phone or in meetings with colleagues and clients. I expected that I would have a significant amount of responsibility from the beginning of my career. I did not expect to have as much client contact from day one as I had when I was a junior associate. There is nothing more rewarding than receiving a phone call or email directly from a client asking for your advice.

I had the opportunity to work on a divestiture last year for one of the firm’s longtime clients. During the course of the transaction, I got to know many of the client’s employees and became familiar with the client’s operations and business model. The foundation that I built during that transaction has been invaluable on subsequent transactions with the same client, and has given me a basis for developing similar relationships with other clients.

People

Although there is a formal professional development program in place at the firm, most of the opportunities that I have had for professional development have come from my mentors and other colleagues in an informal setting. I have been fortunate to develop several strong mentoring relationships with both other associates and partners. My mentors have been instrumental in helping me identify the type of practice that I hope to have in the future and staff me on matters that will help me achieve that goal.