Hogan Lovells litigators are a regular presence in the U.S. Supreme Court — they've argued 15 cases in the past three years — but the firm has established a broad presence in state and federal courts across the country, scoring big wins in everything from complex regulatory matters to a pro bono death penalty case. The firm's all-star litigation lineup includes veteran attorney Robert Bennett, who continued his run as a go-to for high-profile clients in trouble, and, on the appellate litigation front, former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal.
With a strong health care team, including groups dedicated to class actions and fraud matters, the firm was well positioned to take advantage of the recent explosion in health care-related litigation.
The firm achieved several major victories for clients on the health care front in 2012. In October, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a summary judgment that ended a purported nationwide class action against WellPoint Inc., the nation's largest health insurer. Not only did Hogan partners E. Desmond Hogan, Craig Hoover and Miranda Berge stave off hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from a class of tens of thousands of dentists from the American Dental Association, it fended off the action prior to any significant discovery and attendant costs.
The firm is co-lead counsel defending numerous Blue Cross/Blue Shield companies from 35 antitrust class actions across the country. In October, Hogan's litigators in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois got class certification denied in a nationwide action brought against 24 Blue Cross/Blue Shield entities under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
Hogan last year settled a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into medical device manufacturer Orthofix International N.V. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged an Orthofix subsidiary bribed Mexican officials in return for hospital contracts. Orthofix, with the assistance of Hogan, notified the SEC and U.S. Justice Department about the bribes when it became aware of them. The firm helped the company secure a $7.4 million deal with enforcers.
|Litigation partners in D.C.||53|
|Litigation associates in D.C.||81|
|Other litigators in D.C.||13|
|Litigators as percentage of firm||29.2%|
|Litigators as percentage in D.C.||6.45%|
|Percentage of firm revenue||29%|
|Percentage of D.C. revenue||5.5%|