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Hogan Lovells Named to National Law Journal’s 2013 Pro Bono Hot List

WASHINGTON, D.C., 15 January 2013 – Hogan Lovells is proud to announce it has been named to The National Law Journal’s 2013 Pro Bono Hot List for its ongoing representation of John Errol Ferguson, a severely mentally ill death row inmate whom the firm has represented in post-conviction proceedings for more than 25 years on a pro bono basis. In October 2012, in a race against the clock, a team of Hogan Lovells professionals succeeded in obtaining a stay of the execution from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Barrett Prettyman, of counsel in Hogan Lovells’ Washington, D.C. office, took Mr. Ferguson’s case on in 1987 through a referral from the American Bar Association's post-conviction project and continues to be actively involved. Hogan Lovells partners Chris Handman, Pat Brannan, Des Hogan, and Cate Stetson, along with associates Lindsay Breedlove, Sarah Cummings, Marisa Cruz, Katie Marshall, Ben Lewis, Elizabeth Jose, and Erica Songer, have kept the case moving forward. Collectively, Hogan Lovells lawyers and staff have donated more than 31,000 hours during the life of the Ferguson case.

The Pro Bono Hot List recognizes lawyers whose pro bono work entailed significant financial sacrifice, had a broad social or financial reach, or — because of their clients' unpopularity — exposed them to criticism. Hogan Lovells was also named to the 2012 Pro Bono Hot List for its successful efforts to free prominent Syrian human rights lawyer Muhannad al-Hassani. The profile of our work on the Ferguson case, as well as the entire list of honorees, is available on The National Law Journal website.

About Hogan Lovells’ Pro Bono Practice

Hogan Lovells’ pro bono practice draws on the experience of its professionals worldwide to improve the lives of those without access to justice or the means to hire lawyers, and to meet the legal needs of charities and nonprofit social enterprises.

For years, the firms that combined to form Hogan Lovells have been at the forefront of the global movement to advance social justice and the rule of law by providing legal services at no cost. Hogan Lovells continues that tradition with a commitment to excellent performance, practice diversity, and global reach in our pro bono work.  

About Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is a leading global law firm providing business-oriented legal advice and high-quality service across its exceptional breadth of practices to clients around the world.

“Hogan Lovells” or the “firm” is an international legal practice that includes Hogan Lovells US LLP and Hogan Lovells International LLP. For more information, see


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