“When … [two partners] spoke at the University of Virginia School of Law about the compelling human interest matters they were working on, I saw right away how Hogan Lovells distinguished itself from other great firms and why it was a good fit for me.”
- Edward “Ted” Wilson, Jr., Partner, Washington, D.C.
My practice is primarily in the medical device area with an emphasis on enforcement matters.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I joined Hogan Lovells (then Hogan & Hartson) in 1990 as a first-year associate fresh out of law school. I chose Hogan Lovells because of its widely recognized regulatory practices. Coming from a family of healthcare professionals, I knew I wanted to develop my practice in the healthcare space and Hogan Lovells was a preeminent firm in that area. When a partner from the Pro Bono practice and one from the Health practice spoke at the University of Virginia School of Law about the compelling human interest matters they were working on, I saw right away how Hogan Lovells distinguished itself from other great firms and why it was a good fit for me. I am now a member of Hogan Lovells’ Recruitment Committee, as well as chair of the Summer Associate Committee in the Washington, D.C. office.
I lead the compliance section of our Medical Device practice. I spend the majority of my day counseling clients on a wide variety of FDA regulatory matters. I also travel globally to conduct client training and to audit our clients’ manufacturing facilities to help ensure that their quality systems are operating in accordance with the FDA’s requirements and expectations for medical device manufacturers.
I have found that people here take a genuine interest in each other. The environment is supportive, collaborative, and constructive, with the goal of providing high-level legal services to our clients while at the same time maintaining a sense of life balance. Lawyers’ talents and interests reach far beyond their very capable legal skills, which makes the firm an enriching place to work.
I would describe the lawyers here as practical problem solvers. We value lawyers who show professionalism, good judgment, strong character, and thoughtfulness in how they approach their work. We are looking for people who are good thinkers and communicators and who can learn to understand the challenges of the industries in which our clients operate.
For many years, I have been a teacher of the Thurgood Marshall Academy (a public charter high school) Law Day program, during which a group of us lead ninth-grade students in monthly workshops designed to familiarize them with the U.S. legal system through mock trials, roundtable discussions, and interactive case studies. I am sure that each day we teach, we learn more from the students than they do from us!
Two of the students who recently participated in this program were awarded full academic scholarships to a prominent national university, which was a very proud moment for all of us who witnessed the growth and development of these two young men.
Word to the wise
Go the extra mile to provide good service — every day. This includes being responsive to clients, anticipating their needs, and making yourself available to your colleagues and clients, especially when they need you the most.
As a member of our Government Regulatory practice, I focus on the medical device area with an emphasis on enforcement matters. I work extensively on postmarket compliance issues, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Quality System Regulation, adverse event reporting, and field action requirements.
I am a certified Quality Management Systems Auditor by RABQSA International. I audit companies and assist them in attaining regulatory compliance. I also have taught numerous courses on QSR requirements and product submissions to medical device companies around the world.
I am a frequent speaker at medical device and diagnostic seminars and conferences and have authored portions of several texts on device regulations as well as a number of published articles. Outside of work, I enjoy playing in a men’s United States Tennis Association league, running marathons, traveling, photography, and spending time with my family.