“There is no 'typical' work day for me. Projects and workloads vary — I may be on the road for depositions on one day, and working at my desk on a brief on another day — but the variation keeps it exciting.”
- Lauren Colton, Partner, Baltimore
I practice in the litigation group, with a particular focus on product liability and clinical trial cases for life sciences industry clients.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I joined Hogan Lovells eight years ago as a third-year associate to work with lawyers with whom I had collaborated at my previous firm, and to work on new pharmaceutical product liability cases that had come to Hogan Lovells. I was a bit concerned about the size of the firm, worrying that I would be “lost.” However, Hogan Lovells has exceeded my expectations, and the firm feels so much more personal than I anticipated.
Hogan Lovells truly is truly unique in the high-level global services the firm can offer to clients. The life sciences proficiency is a perfect example of how the firm can retain a boutique feel while providing global resources. We have authorities on any FDA-related issue, which is something one would expect to find in a boutique firm, but we can handle any product-related issue, at any stage of the life cycle, anywhere in the world.
There is no “typical” work day for me. Projects and workloads vary — I may be on the road for depositions on one day, and working at my desk on a brief on another day — but the variation keeps it exciting.
Since joining Hogan Lovells, I have had numerous opportunities to help clients, particularly in the life sciences arena, to minimize litigation risks even before their product is marketed. I first joined the firm to work on cases for a particular pharmaceutical client, and I continue to work with the company today. The client's in-house counsel has been there since I joined the firm, so we have “grown up” together.
I have also had the opportunity to work on a number of projects with colleagues outside of the United States, which has been very interesting and rewarding. Hogan Lovells continuously supports professional and business development, and the Hogan Lovells Academy provides wonderful opportunities for continuing legal education.
Hogan Lovells’ lawyers are extremely skilled and hardworking, but also recognize the importance of life outside of the office. When I had my daughter Claudia three years ago, I was concerned about how the firm would handle my need for flexibility. My colleagues, however, could not be more supportive. With a growing number of lawyers who are mothers in the Baltimore office, the support for all of us continues within our “family-like" atmosphere.
Because Hogan Lovells requires lawyers to perform pro bono work, it is embedded in the culture. For my pro bono work, I partner with the Maryland Disability Law Center and handle various cases for patients who have been denied nursing care.
As a member of our litigation practice, I primarily focus on defending pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies from product liability and clinical trial claims. I am also an experienced trial lawyer, and have served as co-counsel in clinical trial and medical malpractice jury trials.
I have been recognized as an “Outstanding Health Care Litigator” by Nightingale’s Healthcare News, a Rising Legal Star in Product Liability by Law360, and I have been ranked by Chambers USA in Healthcare and Commercial Litigation. I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2000 with honors and as a member of the Order of the Coif. Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and husband, cooking, and traveling.