"I’ve had firm leadership opportunities beyond what I could have imagined."
- Emily Yinger, Partner, Northern Virginia
The focus of my practice is litigation, with an emphasis on national class actions and complex disputes in the areas of healthcare, pharmaceuticals, IP, and general commercial litigation.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I was a summer associate at another firm and my roommate was a summer associate at then Hogan & Hartson. I had so much fun with the summer associates and partners that I met that I applied too and was extended an offer to join the Washington, D.C. office as an associate following my graduation from law school. I accepted the offer and am so glad I did!
I didn’t have a particular practice area interest so I was very glad to go through the associate rotation program. It was a great opportunity for me to work in a few different areas before finally choosing litigation as my practice path.
I spent my first 12 years at the firm in the Washington, D.C. office. Northern Virginia partners involved me in litigation matters for their corporate and government clients and they encouraged me to join that office. As a relatively junior partner, I started the Northern Virginia Litigation practice and a few years later became a Practice Group Director and Managing Partner for the Northern Virginia office. I worked a reduced hours schedule for a number of years and that never impacted my opportunities for doing great work or taking on management roles.
I’ve had firm leadership opportunities beyond what I could have imagined. As a junior partner I chaired the Partnership Advancement Committee and currently am co-chair of the Alternative Work Arrangements Committee, which keeps work-life issues a firm priority. In addition to serving as Managing Partner for the Northern Virginia office, I was elected to the Executive Committee. I recently served as the Regional Managing Partner for the Washington, D.C. area, which includes the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Philadelphia offices. I also serve as a member of the Litigation, Arbitration and Employment (LAE) Steering Committee.
One of my colleagues in another office got me involved in a client matter for a healthcare client — he turned the matter over to me and has let me run with developing the client relationship. Through that project and the coalition of other healthcare providers, we expanded that aspect of the litigation practice. I will always be grateful that my partner had the confidence and trust in me to get me involved and the generosity to let me expand the client relationship.
Since the 1960s the firm has had a tradition of being heavily involved with a broad range of individual to high impact pro bono matters. Because of that tradition, we have a close and committed relationship with community service organizations that is unmatched by other firms.
My very first pro bono project at the firm came during my first week as an associate. I was asked to assist with a trial for a housing discrimination case in Baltimore representing a plaintiff in conjunction with the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. I had the experience of prepping witnesses and anything else that was needed for the trial. We won the case (including a lawyers fee award) and when it was appealed, I worked on the briefing for the case in the Fourth Circuit. Our case was upheld and we made new law in the housing discrimination area.
Word to the wise
Take advantage of all the opportunities Hogan Lovells provides -- from training and development, to the opportunities to work with different people and different practices, to opportunities to be involved with pro bono and community service.
I am a member of the Litigation and Arbitration Steering Committee.
Since joining the firm in 1987, following my graduation from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, I have built a practice focused on national class actions and complex disputes in the areas of healthcare, pharmaceuticals, intellectual property, and general commercial litigation. My representative experience includes defending major health insurers against nationwide RICO class action suits; handling disputes involving the full cycle of pharmaceutical product development and commercialization; and handling Lanham Act, unfair competition, trade secret theft, and copyright and trademark infringement claims nationwide. I have received numerous accolades, including recognition as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA.