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J. Warren Gorrell, Jr.
CEO Emeritus and Partner, Washington, D.C., New York
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Warren Gorrell is CEO Emeritus of Hogan Lovells and a partner in the Corporate group based in the Washington, D.C. and New York offices. He served as the chairman of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) from January 2001 to May 2010 and as Co-CEO of Hogan Lovells from May 2010 to June 2014. Warren has been one of a handful of leaders of major law firms who maintains a substantial practice while managing the legal practice.

Warren's practice, which is primarily transactional, covers many different areas and industries. He advises publicly and privately held companies in all aspects of their businesses, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), securities offerings (including initial public offerings), tender offers and exchange offers, joint ventures, and general business matters. For many years, a substantial part of Warren's practice has focused on the real estate and hospitality industry, particularly REITs.

Warren is recognized as one of the leading M&A and corporate lawyers in the United States and Washington, D.C. by leading legal rating services (Chambers, Legal 500, Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Legal Times). He has been named as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America (The National Law Journal, 2013 and 2006). He joined Hogan & Hartson in 1979, became a partner in 1986, served three terms on its executive committee, opened its New York office, became chairman in 2001, Co-CEO in 2010, and CEO Emeritus in 2014.

  • Representation of General Electric in its US$27bn sale of its global real estate business to Blackstone and Wells Fargo; Equity Residential in its US$16bn acquisition of Archstone with AvalonBay; Archstone-Smith in its US$22.2bn acquisition by Tishman Speyer and Lehman Brothers; Trizec in its US$8.9bn acquisition by Brookfield and Blackstone; Homes Properties in its US$7.2bn acquisition by Lone Star (pending); Equity Office in its US$7.2bn stock-for-stock acquisition of Spieker; New Plan Excel in its US$6.2bn acquisition by Centro; CarrAmerica in its US$5.6bn acquisition by Blackstone; Equity Office in its US$5.2bn stock-for-stock acquisition of Beacon; Equity Office in its US$4.6bn stock-for-stock acquisition of Cornerstone; Trizec in its participation with GE in the US$3.8bn acquisition of Arden; Lehman Brothers/ING Clarion in their US$2.8bn acquisition of Gables; GE in its US$2.2bn acquisition of Trustreet; and other M&A and going private transactions.
  • Representation of Host in its conversion to a REIT and concurrent US$4bn public and private acquisitions of hotel portfolios from The Blackstone Group and several Host sponsored partnerships.
  • Representation of the companies in the IPOs of Equity Office, Smith Residential, Douglas Emmett, Colony Financial, Colonial, U-Store-It, Paragon, Republic, and others.
  • Representation of the underwriters (Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and others) in the IPOs of Paramount, Empire State, CarrAmerica, Mills, Crescent, Arden, Dupont Fabros, Heritage, Extra Space, Post, and others.

Hogan Lovells Publications
08 January 2015 "Congress Agrees on Six-Year Reauthorization of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA)." Government Relations Alert, Hogan Lovells

Published Works
15 April 2002 "SEC Proposes Shorter Deadlines for Periodic Reports, Company Disclosure of Insider Transactions, and Website Access to Company Reports."

Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate Governance
Debt Capital Markets
Equity Capital Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public Offerings and Private Placements
  • REITs
  • Partnerships and Joint Ventures
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1979 A.B., magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1976
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Capital Partners for Education
  • The National Law Journal, The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, 2006, 2013
  • The American Lawyer, "Dealmaker of the Week," April, 17, 2015
  • Chambers USA, First Tier Ranking in Corporate/M&A and Private Equity, 2002-2014; Capital Markets: REITs: National, 2007-2014
  • Legal 500 US, Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts, "Leading Lawyers," 2007-2008, 2011-2013; Real Estate Investment Trusts, "Leading Lawyers," 2008-2014; Investment Fund Formation and Management - Real Estate Trusts, Leading Lawyers," 2013
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Mergers and acquisitions, 2007-2014
  • Chambers Global, USA: Investment Funds: REITs, 2010-2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law and Securities Law, 2008, 2010-2013
  • Guide to the World's Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyers, 2004-2011
  • Legal Times, D.C. Leading Lawyers: Top 10 Deal-Maker, 2006
  • The American Lawyer, "Dealmaker of the Year," 1999