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Clay James
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"The merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells has given us international depth that has exceeded my expectations."

- Clay James, Partner, Denver


My practice focuses on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation, privacy, and antitrust.

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

I was Chief Litigation Counsel at a major corporation for nine years. During that time, I worked with many top law firms, including Hogan & Hartson. The firm’s client service and focus on results really stood out from the competitors. Therefore, when I decided to go back into private practice, Hogan & Hartson was at the top of the list.

When I joined the firm, my expectations centered on joining a top-notch practice that could service clients with a wide range of legal needs. The merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells has given us international depth that has exceeded my expectations.

It is a bit of a paradoxical culture, in that it is performance-driven but also does not tolerate “prima donna” behavior. People like and respect each other and try very hard to foster a team-oriented environment.


Many of my cases cut across international boundaries, which requires a lot of flexibility when it comes to scheduling. It is not uncommon for me to have a 5:00 a.m. call with lawyers in our London or Paris office and even calls or emails with lawyers in our Hong Kong office. That is not typical for most of my friends at other firms.

I am the relationship manager for Oracle and Apple, two of the world’s most successful and creative technology companies. It is a great experience serving such talented and creative clients. The depth and scope of our non-U.S. work has given me opportunities to work on international IP litigation that I probably would not have been able to get at many other firms.

Pro bono

I have been representing a pro bono client in a post-trial death penalty case. Those kinds of cases stand out because the stakes could not be higher.

Word to the wise

Focus on your unique attributes. Think about how you can contribute to a team focused on solving client problems and delivering great results.