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Our Survey Says


With an amazing international presence, expertise in many practice areas, and a strong history in pro bono work, Hogan Lovells has something for everyone. Applicants typically have good grades from T14 or top regional schools, and emphasis is placed on people who would be good to work with. Fit with the firm’s friendly and collaborative culture is important as well, and people at the firm recognize the importance of personal lives. Partners support associates and take an interest in their personal development. Formal trainings are excellent, while partners and senior associates step in with feedback and helpful guidance. The firm could do more to onboard its lateral hires. Associates get a nice range of substantive work, though more challenging work is assigned based on abilities and past experiences. The billable hour requirement of 2,000 hours, which can include 150 pro bono and 50 DEI hours, is attainable, and associates enjoy market salaries and bonuses. Additional bonuses come at increments of 100 beyond the 2,000-hour minimum. Wellness programs exist, but the firm could promote and enforce them better. Hogan Lovells does pro bono extremely well—it was the first firm to have a dedicated pro bono practice, and staff actively encourages work in the area. There are many endeavors to promote diversity, while work is needed in the areas of retention and promotion. Partnership is achievable, as are counsel positions and many external placements in-house, with other firms, and with the government.


Is there really a difference between big law firms? Our people say yes. It’s the culture. So what are the hallmarks of Hogan Lovells’ culture?

For one, we offer a vibrant and collaborative network with shared ambition. Join us and you’ll be part of global team that creates valuable solutions for clients around the world, particularly at the intersection of business and government. Then there’s our commitment to diversity and inclusion, which are at the core of who we are and how we do business. We seek talented individuals from all backgrounds to build teams with different perspectives and life experiences, creating an inclusive workplace where you can thrive and be your authentic self. And we are committed to being a responsible business and making a positive impact in our communities. Everyone deserves access to justice, and we step up to help to those who need it most. Almost 50 years ago, we were the first law firm to establish a freestanding Pro Bono department—pro bono is in our DNA. Today, our U.S. lawyers spend more than 100,000 hours annually helping the wrongfully convicted, the marginalized, and other underserved populations. And we invest in our people. Our award-winning HL Learn program provides a platform for your professional and personal growth.

We’re proud of our positive culture and our environment that fosters success and brings out your best. We invite you to see if Hogan Lovells is the right place to start your career.

Hogan Lovells

555 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 637-5600

Firm Stats

CEO: Miguel Zaldivar, Jr.
Hiring Partners: : Carin Carithers (U.S.); Greg Noonan (Boston); Jess Ellsworth, Ajay Kuntamukkala, Will Yavinsky (DC); Brian R. Chappell, Allison Caplis-Mandelberg (Baltimore); Ana Guitierrez (Denver); Cullen G. Taylor, Chris Pickens (McLean); Ryan Philp, Megan Ridley-Kaye (NY); Mike Turrill (LA); Alvin Lindsay (Miami); Jessica Bisignano (Philadelphia); Jennifer Adams (Houston); Megan Nishikawa (SF); Mike Frank (Silicon Valley)
Total No. Attorneys (2024):
2.5K - 3K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
2,000 hours

Base Salary

1st year: $225,000
2nd year: $235,000
3rd year: $260,000
4th year: $310,000
5th year: $365,000
6th year: $390,000
7th year: $420,000
8th year: $435,000
Summer Associate: $4,326 per week

Employment Contact

Georgia Emery Gray
Director of Associate Recruitment
(202) 637- 4991
Recruiting contacts for all locations at

No. of U.S. Offices: 15

No. of International Offices: 31

Major Office Locations

Baltimore, MD
Boston, MA
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
McLean, VA
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
New York, NY
Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC |
Ho Chi Minh City
Hong Kong
Mexico City
São Paulo

Major Departments

Corporate & Finance
Global Regulatory
Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology
Litigation, Arbitration, & Employment
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.