“It is very satisfying to be in a firm where we are encouraged to use our legal skills and experiences to help others.”
- Carol Licko, Partner, Miami
My practice focuses on complex commercial and environmental litigation at all levels from trials through appeals, the life sciences, business, health, and educational law.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I came to Hogan Lovells as a lateral partner in 2001. I chose the firm for three reasons: its culture, its dedication to providing clients with the highest quality legal services, and its strong commitment to pro bono service. I found no other legal practice that offered this “total package” a decade ago, and even today I see no other firm that matches Hogan Lovells for its tradition of excellence in these three areas.
Although I joined as a partner with considerable legal experience, I had never before worked in a law firm of this size, so I wasn’t sure what to expect at the time. However, my experiences here have exceeded my expectations. This firm has given me an outstanding platform to expand my practice to new levels. I very much enjoy working with the many partners I have met in other offices, and I am proud to be a Hogan Lovells partner. Even after being here for ten years, I continue to be impressed with the number of high-quality lawyers in our firm ― lawyers who are not only outstanding lawyers, but outstanding people as well ― the kind of people with whom I enjoy working.
My typical workday is very challenging, interesting, and extremely busy. I have a great deal of responsibility for clients and cases. Even when I leave the office, I find myself thinking about my clients and their legal problems. My practice is broad, and thus I am always facing new challenges that keep me on my toes.
Having a license to practice law is a privilege, and I’ve always believed that with that privilege comes an obligation to give back to our community. My philanthropic interests include working with schools and children, particularly children in foster care. Hogan Lovells’ strong culture of pro bono work and community service has given me the opportunity to develop and expand my interests in these areas. For example, I have served for several years on the board of directors for Our Kids, an organization charged with improving the quality of foster care services here in the Miami community. It is very satisfying to be in a firm where we are encouraged to use our legal skills and experiences to help others.
Hogan Lovells has given me a platform from which to create and implement meaningful reform in the State of Florida’s child welfare system. For example, I was selected by the Governor to participate on the state’s Rilya Wilson task force, which gave me the ability to develop and publish several recommendations for reform. As a result of that work, I am still active as a member of the Our Kids board. I have had the opportunity to work on statewide policies, best practices, and community models. I have also had the opportunity to handle individual cases that are very significant to me and my clients.
I joined the Miami office in 2001 as a lateral partner. My practice focuses on complex commercial and environmental litigation in the life sciences, business, health, and education sectors. My clients include healthcare providers, scientific research institutes, and educational institutions. I have also pursued significant pro bono work aiming to reform the child welfare system. I serve on the board of Our Kids, Inc., an organization charged with providing community-based foster care, healthcare, and educational services for foster children.
I have served the state of Florida in several capacities, including my term as General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush from January 1999 through June 2000, two terms on the State Ethics Commission, and my term on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force established to improve state foster care and health services provided to dependent children.
Prior to launching my legal career, I was a teacher and administrator for the Miami-Dade County Public School System, where I was named Dade County’s Teacher of the Year and runner-up for the state of Florida’s Teacher of the Year. I worked at St. Francis Hospital in Miami Beach in a variety of healthcare and administrative roles.
At the University of Miami School of Law, I was an associate editor of the Miami Law Review.