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Jon Talotta
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“My mentors and close colleagues have committed a great deal of trust, time, and energy to help me develop into a skillful and successful lawyer. In my experience, professional development goes far beyond the firm's established programs.”

- Jon Talotta, Partner, Northern Virginia

Focus

As a member of the Litigation, Arbitration and Employment (LAE) group, my practice focuses primarily on complex civil litigation. I also spend about one-third of my time counseling on information management issues — including e-discovery, cross-border transfers, and litigation preparedness (as Chair of the firm’s Electronic Information Group), as well as information governance, consumer protection, privacy, and data security (as a member of the firm’s Privacy & Information Management Group).

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

I came to Hogan Lovells as a lateral associate in December 2004 after spending one year as a law clerk for The Honorable James C. Cacheris and four years as an associate at another large law firm in Washington, D.C.

When I arrived at Hogan Lovells, I expected to have high-level responsibility on cases and the opportunity to help build client relationships, and also to receive encouragement and support to pursue my interests in the developing field of privacy and information management. My experiences at Hogan Lovells have certainly exceeded those expectations. I have worked on great cases for interesting clients, and have been supported in my efforts to become a leader in my chosen areas of practice.

Experience

My workday varies based on the type of matters I am focusing on. In litigation, for example, I am usually the lead or second lawyer, and thus responsible for all day-to-day activity in matters. My time is generally split between the office, client meetings, depositions, and court, where I work closely with clients, experts, and various colleagues. Acting as lead lawyer also allows me to build enjoyable client relationships through such close and regular contact.

One of the tangible benefits of Hogan Lovells' global platform is the opportunity to work closely with lawyers in a number of different offices. Day-to-day, the Northern Virginia office feels like a small firm, but we have the strength of over 2,300 lawyers and scores of outstanding support personnel ready to help us. My work on Internet and domain name disputes is a prime example. These types of cases can entail international chases, and we are able to simply pick up the phone or send an email to engage a colleague in almost every corner of the globe to assist us. I have also handled litigations, arbitrations, information management projects, and other work with lawyers from more than half of our offices worldwide. More recently, I have been developing close ties with our colleagues in China through representation of China-based companies involved in U.S. litigation.

People

The Northern Virginia LAE team consists of four partners, six associates, and one legal assistant. We have a wonderfully collegial atmosphere. We handle difficult cases efficiently and achieve consistently good results through hard work and a hearty sense of humor.

My mentors and close colleagues have committed a great deal of trust, time, and energy to help me develop into a skillful and successful lawyer. In my experience, professional development goes far beyond the firm's established programs. The firm values creativity and effort, but you have to speak up. If you have an idea, and it is a good one, voice it and you will receive the support to pursue it.

One of the most important aspects of our culture is work/life balance, which has allowed me to stay highly productive while still having time to spend with my wife and young children. This is one of the most special aspects of working in the Northern Virginia office of Hogan Lovells.

Pro bono

All large firms tout their pro bono, community, and diversity efforts. In my experience, Hogan Lovells takes them very seriously and follows through with unparalleled effort and time commitments. We walk the walk rather than just talk the talk. The most enjoyable pro bono project I have worked on was a Social Security Administration appeal for a client who had little chance of success but prevailed. It was amazing to watch the realization of her victory wash over her face. The financial support she received changed her life.

Word to the wise

In my experience, Hogan Lovells is a great place for people who are highly motivated, confident, personable, and creative. The firm values and rewards hard work, initiative, and the ability to manage the delicate balance between being a leader and a team player.