|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom
Washington, D.C., United States
|No. of offices||40|
|No. of attorneys||2,500|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Company type||Swiss Verein (2 LLPs)|
Hogan Lovells is an international law firm co-headquartered in London, United Kingdom and Washington, D.C., United States. It was formed on May 1, 2010 by the merger of Washington-based Hogan & Hartson and London-based Lovells. Hogan Lovells has around 2,500 lawyers and revenues of around US$1.8bn (£1.1bn).
Hogan Lovells comprises two partnerships, Hogan Lovells US LLP (a US partnership which includes legacy Hogan & Hartson and Lovells offices in the US and Caracas), and Hogan Lovells International LLP (an international partnership which includes the bulk of the legacy Lovells firm and Hogan & Hartson's international offices in Europe and Asia).
Hogan & Hartson
Founded in 1904, Hogan & Hartson was the oldest major law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA. It was a global firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in 27 offices worldwide, including offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Hogan & Hartson was founded by Frank J. Hogan in 1904. In 1925, Hogan was joined by Nelson T. Hartson, a former Internal Revenue Service attorney, and John William Guider. Hogan & Hartson then went into partnership in 1938. In 2000, the firm expanded to Tokyo and Berlin (after poaching a team from the former German ally of UK firm Linklaters). The firm expanded its presence in New York and Los Angeles in 2002 when it acquired mid-sized law firm Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld, a storied New York City-based practice with strengths in media, litigation and First Amendment law.
In 1970, Hogan & Hartson became the first major firm to establish a separate practice group devoted exclusively to providing pro bono legal services. The Community Services Department (CSD) department dealt with civil rights, environmental, homeless and other public interest groups.
As a consequence of the Hogan Lovells merger, attorneys in the Warsaw and Geneva offices of Hogan & Hartson announced that they would be leaving to open local offices for K&L Gates and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld respectively. Lovells already had a presence in the Polish capital. Hogan Lovells has no Swiss presence as a result. Additionally, a sizable group of the Berlin office of Hogan & Hartson left to form their own firm, called Raue.
The firm traced its history in the UK back to 1899, when John Lovell set up on his own account at Octavia Hill, between St Paul's and Smithfield. He was later joined by Reginald White, a clerk in his previous firm, to whom he gave articles. In 1924, they were joined by Charles King, forming Lovell, White & King. Soon after formation, the firm moved to Thavies Inn at Holborn Circus and later to Serjeant's Inn, Fleet Street, before moving to 21 Holborn Viaduct in October 1977.
Lovells was formed as a result of a number of earlier mergers. In 1966, Lovell, White & King merged with Haslewoods, a firm with a much longer history of private client work. Haslewoods diverse clients included the Treasury Solicitor. In 1988, Lovell, White & King, which by then had a large international commercial practice, merged with Durrant Piesse, known, in particular, for its banking and financial services expertise, forming Lovell White Durrant. It then changed to Lovells in 2000 when the firm merged with German law firm Boesebeck Droste. Other mergers then followed in other European countries during the early 2000s (decade).
In the early 2000s Lovells invested strongly in China, expanding is office in Beijing and opening an office in Shanghai becoming the second largest foreign firm in China. Following five years of rapid growth, culminating in the opening of the firm's Madrid office in 2004, Lovells had a strong presence in every major European jurisdiction. In 2007, Lovells opened an office in Dubai, offering legal services to corporations, financial institutions and individuals in the Middle East and at the beginning of 2009 opened an office in Hanoi. In September 2009, Lovells opened an associated office in Riyadh.
Hogan & Hartson and Lovells announced their agreement to merge on 15 December 2009. Hogan Lovells was officially formed on May 1, 2010.
In December 2011 it was reported that Hogan Lovells would be moving to a single chairman model following the retirement of John Young.
- Alex Novarese and Sofia Lind, Hogan Lovells model to maintain two profit centres but align partner pay, Legal Week, November 19, 2009.
- 'News in Brief,' The Lawyer, January 21, 2002. http://www.thelawyer.com/news-in-brief/102697.article.
- Jeffrey, Jeff (April 8, 2010). "Akin Gump Picks Up Hogan's Geneva Office". National Law Journal.
- Hogan & Hartson, H&H Announces Departure of Lawyers in its Warsaw Office, March 1, 2010.
- See http://www.lovells.com/Lovells/AboutLovells/OurHistory/history.htm for more information.
- V. Dion Haynes, Hogan & Hartson, Lovells approve merger, Washington Post, December 16, 2009.
- "Hogan Lovells to move to single chairman as co-incumbent retires". The Lawyer. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2011.