“I was looking for a strong, Washington-based firm with a robust and well-respected corporate practice that had a reputation as a really nice place to work. Hogan Lovells fit the bill perfectly.”
- Peter Trentman, Associate, Washington, D.C.
At this stage of my career I’m still a corporate generalist. I help advise public and private clients on a range of corporate and securities matters including mergers and acquisitions, public securities offerings, U.S. federal securities law compliance, and corporate governance matters.
The Hogan Lovells model for junior corporate associates is to maintain a generalist practice. I’ve worked on IPOs, public and private company mergers, follow-on equity offerings, private placements, and general corporate governance matters. I don’t think this breadth of experience is typical at many other firms, and the experience helps you develop into a well-rounded lawyer.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
The most special aspect of Hogan Lovells’ culture is the level of respect with which everyone treats each other. This, in turn, means that I show up to a pleasant and professional place to work every day. In addition to the level of respect, the firm is a social place. Attorneys often find time to socialize with each other whether it’s at lunch in the firm cafeteria, at the monthly firm-sponsored happy hour, at the firm softball and basketball games, or just in the hallways.
Many of my colleagues at Hogan Lovells have become my good friends outside of work as well. As a summer associate, I was given the opportunity to meet people who have become some of my closest friends.
The international presence of Hogan Lovells means that we can bring multijurisdictional expertise to a subject matter. I have worked with colleagues in Paris and Shanghai to create a presentation on attorney-client privilege in transactional work around the globe. We drew on the resources of almost every Hogan Lovells office to produce the presentation.
There is no typical workday, which is a great thing. It means the job is varied, interesting, and never boring. When I was a first-year associate, I worked on the IPO of one our clients. The IPO was a great learning experience, and during the transaction I was given the opportunity to get to know many people at the client well. Since then, it has been rewarding to continue to work with the same people at the client on all of their post-IPO transactions.
A word to the wise
Reach out to as many attorneys as you can in the practice areas you’re interested in. Speaking with attorneys in the firm is the best way to learn what sets Hogan Lovells apart.