"I don’t think you need to know what kind of law you want to practice when you join the firm. It's a great place to explore different areas of the law as a young associate and see what interests you."
- Scott Reisch, Partner, Denver
I assist clients with litigation and counseling on a broad range of environmental matters, with emphasis on contamination issues, commercial transactions, and regulatory compliance.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I was interested in working in Washington, D.C. because of my interest in history and politics. I got to know a variety of Stanford law school faculty and staff who knew D.C. well, and each of them independently pointed me to Hogan & Hartson. The firm had a reputation as a place where you could learn to be a great lawyer, give back to the community, and enjoy a great quality of life.
Although I started in Washington, D.C., I now practice in Denver and handle environmental issues in a variety of contexts, including counseling, enforcement actions, litigation, and transactions. Though I handle a fair amount of clean water and clean air work, contamination issues (Superfund cleanups) are my area of focus. In addition, if there is a significant environmental issue in a transaction involving assets anywhere in the United States, my team in Denver handles it.
One of my favorite projects is one that I can see out my office window, the Pepsi Center, which is where the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche play. We helped redevelop that property from an abandoned railroad yard to a great sports and concert arena. I handled the environmental issues, but there was also a complicated real estate transaction, negotiations with the City and County of Denver, the NBA, the NHL, and a very intricate financing. The project was originally being handled by one of our competitors, but the client quickly saw that this project required expertise in so many different areas (sports law, municipal bonds, environmental, real estate, intellectual property, and others) that they hired us.
I’ve really enjoyed my work for Martek Biosciences Corporation, which makes DHA, a nutritional supplement. When I first started working for Martek, it was a start-up company with one small manufacturing facility in Kentucky, and now it is part of DSM, a large multinational corporation. I got to know the company by handling a small Superfund case for them and then working on their first big deal. Over time, I’ve become their outside environmental counsel and handle all of their environmental regulatory and enforcement work. It’s been fun to watch the company grow and help it evolve into the company it is today.
We have a variety of programs in Denver that help us get to know one another. One new program we just started is called “Connect4.” Each partner is assigned a group of three associates/staff members. Initially, we are responsible for taking the group out to lunch or coffee over the summer. It's a simple way to make sure we meet people outside of our practice areas.
Word to the wise
I don’t think you need to know what kind of law you want to practice when you join the firm. It's a great place to explore different areas of the law as a young associate and see what interests you. You will probably be good at a lot of different things, but try to find something that you love doing and people with whom you really enjoy working.
I joined the firm in 1988, after earning my J.D from Stanford University. I am a Director of Hogan Lovells’ International Environment Group and have a robust practice that includes litigation and counseling on a broad range of environmental matters with emphasis on contamination issues, commercial transactions, and regulatory compliance.
In addition to being an author and lecturer on environmental issues, I am also an avid sports fan, regularly rooting for the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies. I also enjoy politics and history as well as volunteering within the Jewish community.