"You have the opportunity to be a real litigator. You will get the experience that most people think only happens at small firms, while being part of a 2500+ lawyer international firm."
- Allison Schoenthal, Partner, New York
I focus my practice on litigation relating to mortgage loans and foreclosures.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
My mentor was leaving our former firm to join Hogan & Hartson as head of the Intellectual Property practice and asked me to join him in the move. I researched the firm and was attracted by its reputation. I met with lawyers in the New York office and was sold. As a result of the merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, we now have a global presence and prestige that exceeded my expectations of the firm when I joined.
I manage a team of 12 lawyers. My typical workday is divided between responding to questions and mentoring associates on my team, talking with my clients and adversaries, and reviewing and commenting on lawyer work product.
My team handles, literally, hundreds of cases. Some are smaller than what you would expect at a firm of this size. But it gives the associates an opportunity they wouldn't have at another large firm — namely to run their own cases from soup-to-nuts, with partners available for guidance when needed.
I have worked with one of our clients since I was an associate. We handled a handful of cases then. Over the years, we have grown the relationship to the point where we now handle over 700 cases for the company. They are a wonderful client to work for — smart and nice people.
There are opportunities to be a leader at Hogan Lovells. For example, when I was an associate, we thought we should have an associates’ committee. We approached firm management with a proposal and with their support, created a committee that is still in place today.
As partners, we wanted to find a way to network within the firm, improve communications, and encourage partners to develop themselves and their practices. Management supported the idea and we ran a program in the New York office for partners. If you have an idea, the firm is receptive and encouraging.
Hogan Lovells has a very strong commitment to pro bono work, and encourages pro bono work by lawyers. I was introduced to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) over lunch by a Real Estate partner. After lunch, their general counsel called and asked if we could help with a small copyright matter. We resolved that case successfully and continued to handle projects for AJC, ranging in scope from reviewing leases to reviewing hate crime legislation to filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court. As a result of our work, AJC awarded Hogan Lovells the 2010 Pro Bono Law Firm Award. As a result of the relationships we made, AJC asked me to join its board of directors and I was recently voted onto the board of AJC NY.
Word to the wise
You have the opportunity to be a real litigator. You will get the experience that most people think only happens at small firms, while being part of a 2500+ lawyer international firm.
I joined the firm in 2004. As an experienced litigator, I concentrate my practice on lender liability, complex commercial litigation, and electronic discovery. I regularly appear in both state and federal courts, as well as in alternative forums such as the National Association of Securities Dealers, the American Arbitration Association, and private mediations.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, I worked for Cristyne Lategano, Director of Communications for Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani; Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States and former Secretary of Defense; and Lynne Cheney, former Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.