“When I first started at the firm, one of the corporate partners patiently provided the context I needed to advise on government regulatory issues for merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. I’ve since given that same tutorial to others starting out in the area, and I think back often to the guiding hand that was offered to me years ago.”
- Agnes Dover, Partner, Washington, D.C.
My practice focus is government contracts, primarily in the defense, energy, information technology, and biotechnology industries.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
A colleague from the U.S. Department of Energy recommended that I consider coming to Hogan Lovells (then Hogan & Hartson) because she knew I was looking for a dynamic platform for building my government contracts practice, and she had worked there.
When I came here in 1997, I expected to be part of a global legal practice that had a first-class reputation, that was able to attract top-tier clients with interesting problems, and that offered a supportive environment for its lawyers to work in. My experience has definitely met those expectations.
Because of our strong M&A practice, I have had a chance to work on dozens of deals involving government contractor clients. Having started my career at another firm that did not have a significant Corporate practice, I appreciate that added dimension at Hogan Lovells.
In addition to client work, I also have management responsibilities. In my role as practice group leader for the Government Regulatory practice, I interact with partners in 14 different practice areas on a variety of matters such as compensation, advancement of associates to partners, and lateral recruitment. I also work closely with our marketing department on various business development initiatives, such as our recent Global Energy Summit in New York.
When I first started at the firm, one of the corporate partners asked me to help on the sale of a government contractor to a foreign company. This posed a lot of interesting regulatory issues, but I did not have significant prior experience with M&A transactions, having come from a government agency. The partner had a lot of confidence in me, but also recognized that I needed some initiation into the M&A world. He patiently walked me through the deal document and gave me a tutorial that provided the context I needed to apply my government regulatory experience that allowed the deal to go forward. I’ve since given that same tutorial to others starting out in the area, and I think back often to the guiding hand that was offered to me years ago.
At Hogan Lovells, our approach to the practice of law is collaborative and collegial. We truly value our talented lawyers, and we seek to reward and celebrate their hard work. In our practice group, we often gather on Friday afternoons for a very casual happy hour. Both partners and associates enjoy the chance to relax and wind down after a busy week.
Outside the firm
I very much enjoy cooking and have even taken a couple of cooking classes in the past. I also love music and for the past few years have been trying to learn to play the piano. I’m not destined for Carnegie Hall, but I do enjoy the relaxation that comes with concentrating on piano keys instead of my computer keyboard.
Word to the wise
If you are looking for a dynamic, growing legal practice with exceptional lawyers and a global platform, Hogan Lovells is for you.
I am the Government Regulatory practice group leader, which means I oversee the operations of 14 different and very diverse practice areas. In this role, I serve on Hogan Lovells’ International Management Committee.
I have more than 30 years of experience working with government contractor clients, primarily in the defense, energy, information technology, and biotechnology industries. I advise clients facing procurement regulations when doing business with federal agencies, particularly the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). My practice includes counseling on government contract compliance, teaming and subcontract arrangements, and intellectual property issues. I also handle government contracts issues associated with mergers and acquisitions transactions.
I joined the Washington, D.C. office as a partner in January 1997 after serving as the deputy general counsel for procurement and technology transfer at the DOE.