“It can be difficult to strike a balance between a professional and friendly atmosphere, but in my view, our office comes about as close as possible to the perfect mix.”
- Cullen Taylor, Partner, Northern Virginia
I am an intellectual property transactions lawyer and advise clients in the acquisition, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property.
Getting to Know Hogan Lovells
I started at the firm with the expectation of being a technology lawyer, focusing on serving clients in the Internet, software, and IT spaces. I have found great opportunities in those industries, but have also had the opportunity to work in a variety of other industries, such as life sciences, telecommunications, and sports.
My practice requires me to be versatile and creative, as each transaction has its own set of challenges that need to be met. On any given day, I might advise on IP issues that arise in connection with an M&A transaction, negotiate a service agreement for a telecommunications company, or structure a collaboration where two or more companies will work together to develop a new technology.
I had the opportunity to work on a cross-border M&A transaction this year involving two drug companies. I was handling IP issues from a U.S. perspective, and because of the international nature of the deal, I collaborated a great deal with my counterparts in the IP group in London. I enjoyed getting to share ideas and see their perspectives. I don’t think there are many other firms where I would have had the opportunity to work on that type of transaction and have that degree of collaboration with international colleagues.
It can be difficult to strike a balance between a professional and friendly atmosphere, but in my view, our office comes about as close as possible to the perfect mix. The atmosphere is open and friendly, and people genuinely enjoy each other’s company. At the same time, we are focused on doing great work for our clients.
I have been fortunate to have a number of coworkers who really invested in me as a junior lawyer and who continue to support and mentor me as a partner. I spend a lot of time with colleagues outside of work, and many of my best friends are either current colleagues or Hogan Lovells alumni.
This past year, I was able to bring my family’s church in as a pro bono client. It is always satisfying to work for a client that I care deeply about, but on top of that, it has been rewarding to see how much autonomy the firm offers to lawyers to do pro bono work that matters to them.
I am a partner in our Northern Virginia office and focus on intellectual property transactions. I advise clients on the acquisition, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property and structures and negotiate agreements involving technology, ideas, brands, and any other form of intellectual property. I have extensive experience working with a broad scope of industries, including life sciences, information technology, communications, sports, and media.
I graduated from Harvard Law School in 2000. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children, long-distance running, coaching my son’s baseball team, and playing the guitar.