"There are many opportunities to participate in firm committees, to be involved in outside organizations, and to actively pursue professional development. I have gotten a lot of support to pursue these types of activities."
- Wylie Levone, Partner, Washington, D.C.
My practice encompasses a broad range of cross-border transactions, with an emphasis on project and corporate finance.
Getting to know Hogan Lovells
My criteria when identifying a firm included: an office in the Washington, D.C. area; a 2000 or less billable hour requirement; a strong transactional practice; and a meaningful practice related to Israel, where I had lived prior to law school. Hogan Lovells fit the bill.
For me, it is a real advantage to be able to work from my home office regularly. The firm’s technology makes that very doable. The relaxed atmosphere that gives me the flexibility to determine where and when I do my work (so long as it is done on time and at the highest level of quality) is very important to me.
As a summer associate I worked on a matter for an Iraqi client that had a claim against the U.S. Army (under the Foreign Claims Act) for damages caused to its property in Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was an interesting assignment, which later, as an associate, I continued to work on.
There are many opportunities to participate in firm committees, to be involved in outside organizations, and to actively pursue professional development. I have gotten a lot of support to pursue these types of activities. This is a place that will support you if you take the initiative and take responsibility for building your career.
I recently relocated to Brazil with my family to establish Hogan Lovells' office in Rio de Janeiro. I am licensed in Brazil as a "Foreign Legal Consultant" and work with non-Brazilian clients on their business activities in Brazil and with Brazilian companies that have business activities outside of Brazil (or contracts governed by U.S. law). It has been a terrific experience and a great challenge, both personally and professionally.
Word to the wise
Come with an open mind; you never know what practice area may pique your interest. And understand that you are responsible for building your own career, it won't be built for you. Craft it to the shape of your own choosing, and be prepared for that shape to change over time.
I focus my practice on international business and finance transactions with an emphasis on project and corporate finance. My work includes negotiating, structuring, and drafting complex agreements; analyzing contracts; advising on dispute resolution; establishing joint ventures; reviewing domestic and international licensing agreements; and advising on matters of international and U.S. business law.
I joined the Hogan team in 2005 after working as a summer associate. Before embarking on my law career, I worked as a project manager for several high-tech companies. I am also a former Sergeant First Class in the Israel Defense Forces. I earned an M.A. in International Relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received my J.D. from Yale.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family through coaching and playing softball, going camping, and participating in synagogue activities.