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Jennifer Brechbill
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“I was very surprised by the level of responsibility I was given as a young associate. Not a day went by where I was not learning.”

- Jennifer Brechbill, Senior Associate, Washington, D.C.

Focus

I’m a civil litigation senior associate with a particular focus on commercial litigation, unfair trade competition, and false advertising.

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

The most important reasons I chose Hogan Lovells were: (1) its long-standing dedication to pro bono and (2) the people. When I came here for my call-back interview, it just felt comfortable. I enjoyed talking to the lawyers and staff; I felt relaxed. I didn’t want to join a firm that felt cold and sterile. I wanted a practice where I heard people laughing in the halls and greeting one another by name.

Hogan Lovells doesn’t take itself too seriously and that helps us have such a friendly atmosphere. For instance, we often have theme days in the Washington, D.C. cafeteria, where the staff will dress up, play music, and serve themed dishes to celebrate a holiday, such as Mardi Gras or Memorial Day.

The culture here truly is special. My colleagues and I have become close friends and we genuinely care about one another. People go out of their way for one another here — both professionally and personally.

Experience

Hogan Lovells creates opportunities for professional and leadership development both in the pro bono and billable contexts. Through pro bono work, I’ve become comfortable working with experts and interacting with clients, and I’ve also taken my first deposition. But even in the billable context, I’ve been given opportunities to advance my skill set and become an integral member of the team. I’ve traveled with a partner to meet clients face-to-face, and I often work directly with our clients. I also have a lot of responsibility over our written work product at every stage of the litigation.

I was very surprised by the level of responsibility I was given as a young associate. Not a day went by where I was not learning. For example, I’m a litigator, but I really enjoy food law. I’ve had the opportunity to work on multiple matters for a company that manufactures food products, including margarine substitutes, flavored microwave popcorn, and peanut butter. Throughout this experience, I’ve received guidance from our regulatory food group and have deepened my understanding of U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations as well as the science behind nutrition and food.

People

We have some incredible lawyers at Hogan Lovells. The women I met as a summer associate have become some of my closest friends. One drove from North Carolina (during her clerkship) to Philadelphia just to attend my bridal shower lunch. We are a very tight-knit community. As cliché as it might sound, I truly believe that the people set Hogan Lovells apart.

Pro bono

I spent four months in the pro bono rotation, and my practice continues to be jam-packed with pro bono cases. For example, I represent an undocumented minor in immigration proceedings and a young Honduran woman in her asylum case. As a summer associate, I participated in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Summer Associate Research Program, through which I now supervise projects. This has been rewarding because it helped me to establish a relationship with an organization I care about. What started as a pro bono project has led to a deeper commitment to the organization. I now am a board member of the ADL’s Young Professionals Division.