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Hogan & Hartson, which brought in $305 million in the District in 2003, again tops the D.C. 20 revenue survey. Although grosses increased a healthy 7 percent, up from $284.5 million in 2002, the real story is in the firm’s profits per partner, which jumped 15 percent, to $740,000 per equity partner in 2003. Revenue per lawyer also spiked in double digits, increasing 11 percent, to $670,000 from $603,000 in 2002. But the firm also shed lawyers, dropping to 456 lawyers from 471 locally last year. The firm added six equity partners in 2003. Hogan & Hartson chairman J. Warren Gorrell says the firm’s profitability in 2003 was due to a rebounding economy and busy litigation and corporate practices. “We also continue to focus on practice areas that we believe are going to be demanding the type of legal service we provide — the more-important, bet-the-ranch-type matters,” he says. In 2003, the firm’s corporate lawyers handled the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Johnstown, Pa.-based Crown American Realty Trust. They also represented the independent directors in the merger of the Friedman Billings Ramsey Asset Management Corp. with Friedman Billings Ramsey Investment Bank, a deal worth nearly $754 million. Hogan & Hartson corporate lawyers were busy in Europe as well. The firm represented Hungarian Oil and Gas in its $500 million acquisition of 25 percent of the state-owned Croatian oil company INA. Gorrell says the firm’s nine offices in Europe make it “particularly well-suited” for matters like the Hungarian Oil deal. The firm’s white collar litigators and its Food and Drug Administration regulatory group teamed up in 2003 to represent the Indianapolis-based Guidant Corp. in an investigation into its FDA reporting practices. The litigators negotiated a plea agreement and civil settlement on behalf of Guidant with the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. “We’re really focused on representing clients and their projects where business and the government come together,” Gorrell says. Hogan & Hartson lobbyists saw their practice grow by nearly 30 percent from 2002, bringing in $44.5 million in 2003, up from $34.3 million in 2002. The firm is now the third-ranking law firm in lobbying revenue in the District, according to a recent report by Legal Times‘ sister publication Influence. The firm’s litigators were also heavily involved in a case that didn’t affect the bottom line: Working with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Hogan & Hartson lawyers helped win the pardon of 35 defendants convicted in a 1999 drug sting in Tulia, Texas. And 2003 marked the firm’s 100th anniversary. To celebrate, Hogan & Hartson gave staffers a bonus of 1.5 percent of their annual salary in addition to annual holiday bonuses.

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