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Hogan Lovells U.S. Careers

Karla Hardy
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“The training program at Hogan Lovells is top-notch … [The firm] demonstrates its focus on professional development at every training session I have attended.”

- Karla Aghedo, Senior Associate, Houston


My practice focus is litigation and trial advocacy.

Getting to know Hogan Lovells

The thing that set Hogan Lovells apart for me was the people. I came to the firm because I knew I would be working with excellent lawyers who care about their clients as well as the people they work with.


The training program at Hogan Lovells is top-notch. The firm has created a training strategic plan with goals defined by each year and stage of an associate’s development. With programs taught by our nationally-recognized partners and industry-leading organizations like the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Hogan Lovells demonstrates its focus on professional development at every training session I have attended. The programs are well-designed, informative, and often very interactive and hands-on, making for a valuable training experience.


One of the many ways Hogan Lovells strives to cultivate a collegial, friendly atmosphere is by hosting a monthly “Pub Night” for all lawyers in the Washington, D.C. office. It’s a relaxed way to reconnect with colleagues and meet others across practice groups and specialties. Rarely will you attend a Pub Night and come away without a great “war story” from a partner who took the time to share.

I also enjoy celebrating birthdays, engagements, and other milestones with my Hogan Lovells colleagues. The bonds we formed as summer associates continue to draw us together as friends outside of work. Recently, one of my colleagues organized a boat cruise of the Potomac River for her birthday. A large group of fellow Hogan Lovells associates from my summer associate class joined the celebration and it was wonderful.

Pro bono

Hogan Lovells has a deep and abiding commitment to pro bono work. I admire the fact that Hogan Lovells was the first major firm in Washington, D.C. to start an entirely separate practice within the firm dedicated solely to pro bono legal assistance. With a commitment that spans more than 40 years, Hogan Lovells makes it clear to associates that our participation in pro bono work is encouraged and expected. The fact that up to 100 pro bono hours count toward your annual billable hours is just one sign of that commitment.

Outside the firm

Outside of work, I love being involved in church activities, singing, and supporting scholarship funds for underrepresented high school graduates. Hogan Lovells cultivates a culture that encourages involvement in charitable work and service to the community.