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Pro Bono | Hogan Lovells Named to 2016 Pro Bono Hot List20 January 2016

The National Law Journal named us to its 2016 Pro Bono Hot List for our representation of former federal air marshal Robert J. MacLean, a pro bono client, in his landmark victory before the Supreme Court. The Pro Bono Hot List recognizes 10 law firms that made exemplary contributions in providing access to justice.

Appellate Practice Co-Head Neal Katyal led the Hogan Lovells team and argued the case before the high court. 

In 2003, MacLean learned that, despite an imminent hijacking threat, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) planned to remove air marshals from long-distance flights. When DHS did not address the issue, MacLean turned to the media. DHS ultimately reversed itself after a congressional uproar, but the agency still fired MacLean.

The Federal Circuit ruled in MacLean’s favor, finding that he was eligible for federal whistleblower protection. The Department of Justice appealed this decision to the Supreme Court, arguing that the ruling opened the door to leaks that threaten public safety. In a rare victory for government whistleblowers, the Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision in a 7-2 vote.

This isn’t the first time that Neal has overcome the government's national security defense on behalf of a litigant. Almost a decade ago, in his first argument before the Supreme Court, he convinced five justices to rule for his client, Osama bin Laden's driver and Guantánamo Bay detainee Salim Hamdan, and find Guantánamo's military commissions illegal.
"A case like this one appeals to my ¬sensibilities," Neal said. "You can be deferential to government claims about national security but you've got to have some substance to back them up."

In the MacLean case, Neal and his team convinced the court that Congress intended the Whistleblower Protection Act to cover all but the disclosure of classified information.

With 27 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, Neal has appeared more times than any other male minority lawyer except for Thurgood Marshall, a litigator who later became a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

The profile of our work on the MacLean case is available on The National Law Journal website. 

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Diversity | Hogan Lovells Receives T-Mobile Diversity Excellence Award14 October 2015

We are proud to announce that T-Mobile honored the firm with its "T-Mobile Legal Department Diversity Excellence Award." Hogan Lovells was selected for this award based on its level of associate and equity partner diversity, and the quality and breadth of diversity programs and policies implemented by the firm.

"Hogan Lovells proudly shares T-Mobile's strong commitment to diversity and looks forward to a continued partnership in increasing diversity throughout the legal profession," said Hogan Lovells partner Ari Fitzgerald, who accepted the award on the firm's behalf. "This award means a great deal to the firm, and we will continue striving to live up to the ideals it represents."

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Community Investment | Hogan Lovells Named to Most Charitable Law Firms List30 September 2015

We are proud to announce that we have been named to Law360’s Most Charitable Law Firms list, which recognizes the law firms that made the largest charitable donations in 2014 “by funneling millions of dollars into worthy organizations and programs to fund legal aid efforts, education programs, and services for the disadvantaged.”

Hogan Lovells was recognized for its many charitable initiatives including Touch, a matched giving program that supports a not-for-profit in each of the countries where the firm has offices, as well as an international not-for-profit on a global level.

In 2014, Hogan Lovells donated more than US$2,001,000 to charities such as CARE, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Currently, the firm is in a partnership with Lendwithcare, a microfinance initiative, through which Hogan Lovells’ support will provide loans for approximately 400 entrepreneurs and create additional employment for up to 200 people.

The full Law360 Most Charitable Law Firm profile can be found here

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Pro Bono | Hogan Lovells Named Law360 Pro Bono Firm of the Year4 September 2015

We are proud to be named to this year's Law360 Pro Bono Firm of the Year list, which recognizes law firms that "showed the same passion for taking on hard cases and scoring victories in pro bono matters as they displayed for corporate clients over the past year."

We were recognized for securing a landmark victory before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a government whistleblower. Federal air marshal Robert J. MacLean was fired after alerting the media that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security planned to remove air marshals from long-distance flights, despite an imminent hijacking threat.

Hogan Lovells was also lauded for its collaboration with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless to prevent the District of Columbia's illegal and unsafe communal placement of homeless families in gymnasiums on freezing nights. The D.C. Superior Court decision marks a critical victory for Washington, D.C.'s homeless family population.

Other matters referenced in the article include: 

  • Lawyers in our New York office helping a gay married couple who fled persecution in Macedonia to obtain derivative asylee status;
  • Encouraging democracy in the United Kingdom by working with Bite The Ballot to address the concern that only one in four young people votes; and
  • Publishing an independent legal opinion on the findings of the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, which concluded that some of the activities of the North Korean authorities amounted to crimes against humanity, including genocide.

Globally, the firm's lawyers devoted a total of 108,240 hours to pro bono legal services in 2014. At Hogan Lovells, our lawyers devote tens of thousands of hours annually to matters that matter — from exonerating those who have been wrongfully convicted and advocating for the abused and neglected to fighting discrimination and keeping vital nonprofit organizations in business.

The entire Law360 Pro Bono Firm of the Year profile can be found here

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Diversity | Hogan Lovells Named to “50 Best Law Firms for Women” List for Fourth Consecutive Year28 July 2015

We have once again been named to the highly regarded Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers "50 Best Law Firms for Women" list for our family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that are retaining women and advancing them into the leadership pipeline.

Hogan Lovells ranked among leading law firms due to many of its innovative programs for female lawyers and was specifically recognized this year for its new global Agile Working Group. The program ensures that alternative work options are not only made available across all its offices around the world, but that such policies are implemented and supported throughout the firm. This initiative is one of many Hogan Lovells inclusion endeavors launched in the past two years, including a mandatory unconscious bias program, the OnRamp Fellowship Program, and a multi-series Lead & Succeed professional development program for female lawyers.

"It is an honor to be named a leading law firm for women for four consecutive years," said Phyllis Wan, Chief Diversity Officer for Hogan Lovells US LLP. "We believe that Hogan Lovells has been a leading legal practice for women for many years; this accolade further exemplifies and recognizes our commitment to the training, development and advancement of our female lawyers."

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Diversity | Hogan Lovells Receives Gold Standard Certification from Women in Law Empowerment Forum10 July 2015

We are pleased to have been recognized by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) with its 2015 Gold Standard Certification for the third consecutive year.

WILEF created the award five years ago to honor firms that are making significant progress in integrating women into leadership positions. Law firms with 200 or more practicing lawyers in the United States are eligible for the WILEF Gold Standard Certification, upon successfully demonstrating that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners in the areas of leadership, governance, and compensation. Hogan Lovells is one of less than 50 firms to receive this prestigious honor from WILEF in 2015.

“We are honored to receive the Gold Standard Certification,” said Washington, D.C. Regional Managing Partner Alice Valder Curran. “Hogan Lovells’ women lawyers manage many of our most important client relationships and are instrumental to the firm’s success.” 

WILEF’s vision is to create a dialogue for the purpose of educating women in law firms on how to become leaders in the workplace and in the community by building, exercising, and implementing a strong sense of empowerment. Their goal is to achieve results that will foster the adoption of new policies and practices to advance women in law firms.


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Community Investment | Hogan Lovells Receives Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteer and Pro Bono Work in Education1 July 2015

We were honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs on behalf of our volunteer and pro bono contributions to their Public Education Project.

As part of the Project, Hogan Lovells maintains a dynamic partnership with Kimball Elementary School, a public school in Southeast, Washington, D.C. Activities with the school have included coaching relationships in geography to prepare children for the citywide GeoPlunge competition, mentoring and reading through Reading Partners, helping out with annual Earth Day clean-up efforts and celebrations, as well as support for positive behavior and attendance celebrations at the school. Additionally, our Washington, D.C. office hosted a book drive for Kimball Elementary resulting in a gift of 472 books, and we recently took on a pro bono matter in support of the school.

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Community Investment | Hogan Lovells Named Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year for South East Asia1 June 2015

Our Singapore office was named Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year for South East Asia by Asian Legal Business in 2015 for our work on behalf of workplace responsibility and local communities through pro bono and volunteering. 
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Pro Bono | Hogan Lovells Honored by Immigration Equality for Pro Bono Work22 May 2015

We are proud to have received the Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality for its pro bono work on behalf of those seeking safety from persecution on account of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

In 2014, lawyers from the firm's New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles offices provided more than 2,000 pro bono hours to asylum and U.N. Convention Against Torture matters referred by Immigration Equality. Hogan Lovells lawyers assisted more than a dozen lesbian, gay, and transgender asylum clients fleeing from persecution in Jamaica, Macedonia, Belarus, Peru, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Mauritania, Azerbaijan, and India.

Among the cases we handled through Immigration Equality was a landmark asylum victory for a gay married couple fleeing persecution in Macedonia. The couple received asylum in one of the first cases of its kind following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Windsor v. United States.  Prior to the Windsor decision, derivative asylee status was only available to heterosexual spouses. The January 2015 grant of asylum for both men is a groundbreaking victory for gay married couples.

In addition to these individual representation matters, teams of attorneys drafted amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Immigration Equality in two Board of Immigration Appeals cases in support of gay Jamaican immigrants who had been denied relief under the Convention Against Torture.

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Diversity | Hogan Lovells Included in Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List20 April 2015

Hogan Lovells is proud to announce that it has been selected, once again, by Yale Law Women as a top ten family friendly firm in its annual policy survey, "Top Ten Family Friendly Firms Initiative."

The firm received a spot on this highly selective list for "demonstrating a commitment to family friendly policies and practices" and reaffirms Hogan Lovells' status as a leader in this area. The firm's inclusion on this list is indicative of its commitment to being a forward-thinking work environment.

Yale Law Women is a student-run organization at Yale Law School that promotes the interests and development of women in law school and the legal industry. The organization surveys top law firms each year about their work-life policies and practices to showcase those that are committed to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in the legal industry.

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Pro Bono | Hogan Lovells Wins Hong Kong Law Society Pro Bono Silver Award13 February 2015

Hogan Lovells was recently awarded the Silver award as part of the Hong Kong Law Society's prestigious Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Program. One of our Hong Kong Lawyers also received a silver award, and three lawyers received bronze awards.

The office and the winners were presented with their awards at the Hong Kong Law Society's Pro Bono and Community Service Award Presentation Ceremony in the High Court of Hong Kong in December 2014.

The Hong Kong Law Society's Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Program aims to raise awareness of pro bono and community work conducted by members of the Law Society, and to recognize members and law firms who have dedicated considerable time and effort for the public good.

Silvery awards were given to individuals who exceeded 50 hours of pro bono work and to firms who achieved a pro bono score of over 20, which is calculated using the total number of pro bono hours as well as the total number of lawyers at the firm. Bronze awards were given to individuals who achieved more than 20 hours of pro bono work.

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Diversity | Hogan Lovells Earns 100% Rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index for Sixth Year Running19 November 2014

For the sixth straight year since 2010, we have earned a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index in the United States for our LGBT-friendly policies.

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Empowering Girls and Women | Hogan Lovells Wins Dragon Award for Women's Program1 October 2014

Hogan Lovells Wins Dragon Award for Women's Program

We were recently awarded the Longstanding Achievement Award at this year's Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards for our work to support and empower women. The program encompasses a number of different projects, which involve working with the local community to reach socially isolated women and to address issues affecting them, such as sexual and domestic violence, unemployment, and education.

Some of the work highlighted by the Lord Mayor included:

  • Our pro bono legal advice to female social entrepreneurs and victims of abuse and human trafficking;
  • Our support for socially isolated women;
  • Empowering girls to reach their potential through the work we do with Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School;
  • The Mosaic Project, which helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop skills such as debating, public speaking and entrepreneurism; and
  • Our volunteering at the Job Club at St Luke's Community Centre.
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Pro Bono | Hogan Lovells Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for Citizenship from The American Lawyer14 July 2014

Hogan Lovells Receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for Citizenship from The American Lawyer

The American Lawyer will honor us with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Citizenship for our work in Liberia at its Global Legal Awards dinner in September. To help address the major challenges facing Liberia's fledgling democracy, our lawyers, together with the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), have been providing extensive pro bono assistance to Liberia's Ministries of Justice, Finance, and Health and Social Welfare since 2007.

Hogan Lovells partnered with the ISLP to assist the Government of Liberia in the negotiation and renegotiation of natural resource concession agreements, mineral development agreements, and investment contracts, along with the review and revision of Liberian procurement laws. Hogan Lovells also has worked with ISLP and the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in developing a legal framework for the delivery of health services, including recommendations on the Public Health Law. The Hogan Lovells-ISLP team has advised on the development of the law that created the Liberian Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency and on provisions addressing mental health, reproductive health, communicable diseases and other issues. Current projects also include work on development of special economic zone law, tax policy issues, a rail corridor infrastructure development agreement, and concession agreement enforcement.

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Pro Bono | Hogan Lovells Receives Two Outstanding Achievement Awards for Pro Bono Work18 June 2014

At its 2014 Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs presented us with two Outstanding Achievement Awards. 

These awards were given in recognition of our work with the Equal Employment Opportunity and Immigrant and Refugee Rights Projects on Mejia v. Beverly Enterprises - Virginia, Inc. et al., and with the Fair Housing Project on the Affordable Housing Report.

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Diversity | Hogan Lovells Receives Race for Opportunity "Big Tick"4 June 2014

Hogan Lovells Receives Race for Opportunity

We recently received recognition from the leading responsible business association, Business in the Community (BitC), which represents 300 senior business leaders in the United Kingdom. We were awarded a "Big Tick" by BitC's 2014 Race for Opportunity Awards for our "Widening Access" program. A "Big Tick" is recognised as a leading endorsement of responsible business and is awarded to entries demonstrating significant achievement in tackling key social and/or environmental issues.

Our "Widening Access" program has also been shortlisted in the Recruiting Diverse Talent category, which will be determined in July.

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Social Enterprise | Hogan Lovells Shortlisted for UK's Most Prestigious Responsible Business Awards2 June 2014

Hogan Lovells Shortlisted for UK's Most Prestigious Responsible Business Awards

On 2 June it was announced that Hogan Lovells social enterprise practice has been shortlisted for the ASDA Enterprise Growth Award in the UK's most prestigious Responsible Business Awards. We were also awarded a "Big Tick" for our social enterprise work.

Business in the Community (BitC) has been working for the past 30 years to shape a new contract between business and society, in order to secure a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

The announcement of our being shortlisted was made on the BitC website on 2 June with the release of each Big Tick Award Story. The overall category winners will be announced at the National Awards Gala Dinner on 8 July.

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Community Investment | Hogan Lovells Recognized by Washington Business Journal's Corporate Philanthropy Awards1 June 2014

We were recognized by the Washington Business Journal in their 2014 Corporate Philanthropy Awards based on charitible contributions provided to the District of Columbia-area and across the United States. 

These Corporate Philanthropy Awards honor the region's most active and inspirational companies and nonprofits who have made a difference in their communities through both financial and volunteer philanthropic work.

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Diversity | Hogan Lovells Receives LawCareers.Net Commendation for Diversity30 May 2014

We recently received a Commendation for Diversity from the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2014. The Awards celebrate the firms and individuals who offer their recruits the best possible start to their legal careers. Firms are assessed on their recruitment processes, the training they offer and the quality of their work placement schemes, and then compared with their peers.

The Commendation for Diveristy judges were impressed by how much access to the workplace and how many schemes the firm offered to future talent that demonstrated a genuine commitment to true breadth of opportunity.

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Community Investment | Hogan Lovells Receives Education "Big Tick"7 April 2014

Hogan Lovells Receives Education

Hogan Lovells has secured recognition from the leading responsible business association, Business in the Community (BitC), which represents 300 senior business leaders in the UK. We were awarded a "Big Tick" by BitC's Responsible Business Awards for our education program, Business Class, through which we partner with Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school. The Education Award is supported by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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Empowering Girls and Women | Hogan Lovells Receives Education "Big Tick"7 April 2014

Hogan Lovells Receives Education

Hogan Lovells has secured recognition from the leading responsible business association, Business in the Community (BitC), which represents 300 senior business leaders in the UK. We were awarded a "Big Tick" by BitC's Responsible Business Awards for our education program, Business Class, through which we partner with Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school. The Education Award is supported by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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Diversity | Hogan Lovells Receives Inclusion "Big Tick"7 April 2014

Hogan Lovells Receives Inclusion

Hogan Lovells has secured recognition from the leading responsible business association, Business in the Community (BitC), which represents 300 senior business leaders in the United Kingdom. We were awarded a "Big Tick" by BitC's Responsible Business Awards for our commitment to creating an inclusive workplace and for putting gender at the core of the business agenda.

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Empowering Girls and Women | Hogan Lovells Receives Inclusion "Big Tick"7 April 2014

Hogan Lovells Receives Inclusion

Hogan Lovells has secured recognition from the leading responsible business association, Business in the Community (BitC), which represents 300 senior business leaders in the United Kingdom. We were awarded a "Big Tick" by BitC's Responsible Business Awards for our commitment to creating an inclusive workplace and for putting gender at the core of the business agenda.

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Touch: Matched Charitable Giving | Hogan Lovells Receives Fundraising "Big Tick"7 April 2014

Hogan Lovells Receives Fundraising

Hogan Lovells has secured recognition from the leading responsible business association, Business in the Community (BitC), which represents 300 senior business leaders in the UK. We were awarded a "Big Tick" by BitC's Responsible Business Awards for our Touch program in Liberia with Action Against Hunger. The Unilever International Award is supported by Business Fights Poverty.

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Pro Bono | Hogan Lovells Hong Kong awarded the 10 Years Plus Caring Company Logo1 April 2014

Hogan Lovells Hong Kong has been awarded the 10 Years Plus Caring Company Logo by the Council of Social Service in Hong Kong. This prestigious award was in recognition of their commitment to "Caring for the Community, Caring for their Employees and Caring for the Environment" over the past years. Our Hong Kong office has been involved in many interesting pro bono projects over the past years, including advising victims of domestic abuse and domestic servitude.

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