“I have directly interacted with the client on every case on which I have been staffed. Having these personal connections gives me a strong sense of ownership of my work.”
- Jane Zenzi Li Carter, Associate, San Francisco
My practice focuses on intellectual property litigation.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I chose Hogan Lovells knowing that I would get hands-on experience early, but I have learned more and have been challenged beyond my expectations. I did not expect to have the chance to run client meetings in my first year of practice or to take depositions and represent clients at hearings in my second. I also did not expect to be able to work with so many other Hogan Lovells offices. Over the past three years, I have worked with lawyers in our New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Denver, Singapore, and Paris offices and have made new, unexpected friends in these cities. This shrinks the firm down and makes me feel connected to the other offices around the world.
Our office feels like one big team. We have monthly roundtables to discuss new work, associate availability, case developments, and to generally stay connected with each other's projects. Our cases are substantial, but everyone's input matters. If you are interested in a particular industry or practice area, the partners will do their best to get you staffed on those cases.
My very first case at the firm was a dispute over licensing royalties. After only three weeks in, the partner in charge asked me to present my research and analysis during a client meeting and to help with the subsequent trial preparation and mediation of the case. This work experience was indicative of the early responsibility that associates are given here. Since then, I have argued motions, taken depositions, and have overseen my own smaller case. I have also had direct client interactions on all of my cases, which gives me a strong sense of ownership of my work.
All of the associates in the San Francisco office are involved in firm committees, such as lateral recruiting, the summer associate program, pro bono, and diversity. I really enjoy being able to contribute to my office's growth through the summer associate committee.
The partners are thoughtful about creating opportunities for meaningful professional development. They make sure that we have challenging and interesting work and encourage us to attend industry conferences and to take leadership roles in the community.
Word to the wise
Choose your leadership, not your practice. Although practice areas of course differ, finding a partner (or partners) to whom you professionally aspire and who takes an interest in your professional development is valuable to your career growth.
An associate in our San Francisco office, my practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration. I assist clients in a variety of industries in disputes and other litigation matters around the globe.
I received my J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2011 and my B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. I also received a Certificate of Business and Public Policy from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.