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“The people here are incredibly generous with their time and advice.”

- Jan Shanklin, Associate, Washington, D.C.

Focus

My practice focuses on assisting clients with mergers and acquisitions (M&A), public securities offerings, U.S. federal securities law compliance, and corporate governance matters.

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

I knew I wanted to be in Washington, D.C. and that I wanted to do corporate work. Hogan Lovells was the logical choice!

My hope upon joining was that my colleagues would help me learn the practice of law and foster my personal and professional development. They have exceeded my expectations — the people here are incredibly generous with their time and advice.

Experience

I remember working for a particularly well-regarded partner during my summer with the firm. He took a very hands-off approach — not because he was unwilling to help me, but because he wanted to give me the opportunity to come to the right answers on my own and feel ownership over the contract we were working on. He then put me on the phone with the client to explain some of the changes we’d made to the agreement, which was both terrifying and thrilling. That experience gave me the confidence to trust my instincts — a maxim I still adhere to in my daily work.

As a summer associate, I also worked on a project for a small software firm. When I came back as an associate and that client was doing another deal, I was brought in to work with them. I have had a large role in their current M&A deal, which has included a significant amount of client interaction.

Hogan Lovells’ Corporate practice is unique in Washington, D.C. because of the caliber of deals we work on. Working with the Northern Virginia and Baltimore offices on a multibillion-dollar deal showed me just how capable our firm is of bringing various resources together to get a deal done. The physical distance of our offices means very little in today’s electronic world.

I’ve had the opportunity to work on large, headlining deals, which is always exciting. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on smaller deals that allow junior associates to take on more significant responsibilities. Each deal team works as a unit to accomplish the goal — nobody is left with a disproportionate amount of work. And regardless of how busy people are, I’ve never had anyone scoff at my requests for explanation or more information.

People

Hogan Lovells is full of truly great lawyers who are also truly great people. My relationship with my informal partner mentor precedes Hogan Lovells but has grown significantly because of working together here. He has been a critical part of my professional development and helps me navigate the sometimes rough waters of being a young associate.