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“As a global firm, we bring together talented lawyers around the world. It really is an amazing thing to have top-notch resources available at your fingertips.”

- Elizabeth Donley, Partner, Washington, D.C.

Focus

My practice focus is corporate and transactional work, particularly mergers and acquisitions.

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

I joined the firm in 2007 as a lateral partner along with two other partners. We were previously at another international law firm and joined then Hogan & Hartson because of the firm’s established Corporate practice.

Before I joined, I knew Hogan & Hartson to be a firm with a great reputation for professional excellence and exceptional people, and I was right!

Experience

As a corporate M&A partner, I am responsible for leading transactions. I work closely with my clients to understand their businesses and industries, as well as their goals and sensitivities regarding particular transactions. My primary responsibilities include structuring and negotiating deals, drafting transaction documents, and resolving tough issues. One of the elements of my practice that I enjoy most is the coordination with a larger team, both with my clients and with other Hogan Lovells lawyers. When I handle a transaction — for example the purchase or sale of a business — that transaction not only requires a solid team of corporate lawyers to handle the drafting and negotiation of transaction documents, but also requires a team of business and subject matter experts. For example, we work closely with our clients’ teams and other lawyers, including tax lawyers, antitrust lawyers, environmental lawyers, labor and employee benefits lawyers, and regulatory professionals, such as government contracts and Food and Drug Administration lawyers. It is essential to the representation of our clients that we are able to function well as an efficient and coherent team. I believe that the collegial atmosphere and the mutual respect among lawyers at Hogan Lovells makes this type of collaborative environment possible.

My practice increasingly focuses on cross-border transactions, and I frequently work with other practice areas and lawyers in other offices, particularly lawyers in our international offices. My experience has consistently been one of respect and admiration for the professionalism and skill of my colleagues. As a global legal practice, we bring together talented lawyers around the world. It really is an amazing thing to have top-notch resources available at your fingertips.

People

I thrive in an environment of complex, high-profile, and high-intensity transactions. A foundation of amazing people, both in my personal and professional life, is essential to my ability to take on the levels of responsibility necessary for a successful practice.

I am lucky to have a fantastic team and group of colleagues, both as mentors and as mentees. I have a deep respect for them; not only in their professional abilities, but also in their judgment and integrity. I work with good, principled people, and that is very important to me.

Hogan Lovells has a culture of mutual professional respect, which really means a lot to me. Lawyers of all levels are treated as professionals.

Pro bono

I spent a significant amount of time working on a pro bono matter in support of the reconstruction efforts in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake. This project was unique and special for me in several ways. The urgent nature of the project made it very fast-paced and intense — I was working just as hard (and at times even harder) on my pro bono project in Haiti as I was working on my corporate transactions. I was privileged to be a part of an amazing team of Hogan Lovells lawyers, as well as other advisors (including consultants, advisors, and U.S. government officials), who worked very well together as a team. We spent late nights and weekends — at times working around the clock — in an effort to make a difference. It was refreshing to see the level of commitment to the effort on all sides. The project was daunting in that the recovery effort was so massive, it would not be possible for our team to solve all of the problems, but at the same time it was rewarding to know that we had a chance to make a difference.

Word to the wise

Keep an open mind about your practice and don’t be afraid to try something new. Always look for opportunities where you can take ownership and make a difference, no matter how small.