“It’s hard to have that balance of small office culture and big firm breadth of expertise — I think it’s what sets Hogan Lovells apart.”
- Mahvesh Qureshi, Partner, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
My practice is equal parts venture capital/private equity and mergers and acquisitions. As is true of any Corporate practice, I also provide clients general corporate advice on ongoing, governance, and transaction-related matters.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I joined Hogan Lovells as a lateral associate with a team of other corporate lawyers from another firm. I knew Hogan Lovells by reputation and expected to be working in one of the best Corporate practices in the area. My experiences here have exceeded my expectations — we have a global, sophisticated Corporate practice with depth of knowledge in our industry sectors.
Hogan Lovells provides lawyers and staff both formal and informal opportunities for team building and support. On any given day, we could be hosting a project to put together food packs for homeless families, a training workshop targeting recent changes in law, or a casual happy hour or client reception.
As a new partner, my responsibilities continue to expand and evolve, and no two days are the same — which is what I love most about my job. I am the principal point of contact for a number of key clients and continue to grow and develop new client relationships.
As a transactional corporate lawyer, working with lawyers across a group of disciplines is a given. Many of our clients are in highly regulated industries subject to complex and evolving government regulations, so I interact with my government regulatory colleagues on a regular basis.
Many of the opportunities that arise at Hogan Lovells are due to the depth and breadth of our practice. Clients are sophisticated and want counsel with deep expertise in all areas of their operations. To be able to provide client services “under one roof” across the practice with a consistent and high-level quality of service is the hallmark to our winning new engagements and broadening our existing relationships.
My team spans the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia region with a deep commitment to client service, high standards for excellence in our client work, and a top-down culture of deep respect, strong work ethic, and learning by doing.
While Hogan Lovells is 2,500 lawyers strong, and we have a global reach, each office has managed to retain its own personality and culture. On most days, I feel like I work at a smaller firm where everyone in my office at least knows my name. At the same time, I have the resources and depth of a much larger practice at my client’s disposal. It’s hard to have that balance of small office culture and big firm breadth of expertise — I think it’s what sets Hogan Lovells apart.
Outside the firm
I have found that I have more flexibility to juggle and balance the various areas of my personal life at Hogan Lovells than I would at other firms. This is in large part due to the culture of my team really enjoying what they do and being very committed to our clients, while at the same time having interests outside of the office.
Word to the wise
Pay attention to team dynamics — how people work together and interact with one another on a daily basis is very telling about the culture and values of any firm. On the surface, similar culture and values are enunciated by many legal practices. Having been at other firms before Hogan Lovells, I know firsthand that it’s the reality of seeing those values at work and that culture at play that shows a firm’s true makeup. Small things like the level of professionalism extended by lawyers to staff, the demeanor of partners towards associates, and associate camaraderie demonstrate by example that Hogan Lovells lives its values.
I have focused my practice on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. I have more than 10 years of experience in transactional matters and also advise sponsors of private equity and other funds on fund formation and general corporate and investment matters. I represent clients in a number of industries, including aerospace, defense and government services, technology, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, I worked as an associate for international law firms in Washington, D.C. and Boston.