"A junior associate not only has the opportunity to work on news-making litigations, but is privy – and contributes – to the highest levels of case strategy. No other firm has anything like it."
- Theresa House, Partner, New York
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
I interviewed for summer associate positions in 2005 – the height of the buyer’s market for law firms. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a law firm or what characteristics would help me distinguish among them, which resulted in me sitting for over 20 callback interviews as a 2L. Hogan & Hartson – now Hogan Lovells – rose to the head of the pack very early on because it was very clearly full of people who are passionate about their work, who do work that would be interesting to anyone, and who are genuinely nice and engaging people.
Once I joined the firm, I decided to pursue a long-term career here because of our incredibly unique practice areas, such as our Media Law practice. We do the best work available in the country in Media Law, and we are one of the only private firms at our level to do it at all. A junior associate not only has the opportunity to work on news-making litigations, but is privy – and contributes – to the highest levels of case strategy. No other firm has anything like it.
I did not necessarily expect to become a lifer at any law firm when I entered private practice. That expectation changed when I discovered, very early on, that Hogan Lovells was a place where I would be both nurtured and challenged – and could pursue a long-term career alongside colleagues I respect and admire.
I have had the privilege to be assigned to the task of vetting news articles prior to publication for the last year. In that role, editors for major publications send me draft articles, which I review and analyze by interviewing reporters or fact checkers. I then give my call to the editors about the risks, if any, and often give my advice for additional steps they can take to mitigate those risks. I provide this counseling based on my own experience and knowledge, and consult partners as needed.
Working as a litigation partner is a demanding job, but what makes it worthwhile is having colleagues who are intelligent, savvy, and generous mentors and friends. I have been so lucky to work in a tight-knit group of people who are not only among best practitioners in their fields, but who are truly dedicated to excellence and honor in all that they do.
I joined Hogan Lovells’ Media Law group following my time as a summer associate. I work with clients in the cable television, book, motion picture, and newspaper industries on civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts, including defamation, invasion of privacy, publicity, copyright, and trademark litigation. I have also conducted pre-publication review of articles for a daily newspaper.
On multiple occasions, I have appeared before the Committee on Media and Communications Law for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York to discuss litigation victories for media clients. I am a frequent contributor to the Media Law Resource Center’s Media Law Letter. I currently serve as a vice chair for the American Bar Association’s Trial Practice Committee within the Section of Litigation.
While in law school, I interned at the Juvenile Division of the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office, where I appeared in trial on behalf of youths involved in the juvenile justice system. I also clerked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan. I was an editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the head writer for the 2007 Harvard Law School Parody.
Outside of the office, I devote time to painting, enjoying good restaurants, and going to comedy clubs.