E. Desmond Hogan

E. Desmond Hogan

Partner, Washington, D.C.

Email desmond.hogan@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 5493

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation

Des Hogan and his team strive to extinguish cases early, and know how to try them when necessary.

Case in point, Des and his team recently secured dismissal with prejudice of a nationwide, consumer class action against a major food manufacturer in a precedent-setting case in federal court in Miami. They also defeated class certification in the In Re WellPoint UCR MDL, wiping out the plaintiffs' claim for damages well in excess of US$1 billion. In a nationwide health care class action, Des led the effort to win a threshold summary judgment ruling – before substantive discovery – and successfully argued the 11th Circuit appeal. His team took over a major case for Ford, winning class decertification and, after trial and appeal, defeated all of the plaintiffs' more than US$350 million claims. And he has helped lead the defense of the data-breach class action MDLs brought against Uber and Anthem.

Des is a litigator who focuses on major class actions, cyber litigation, commercial disputes, and governmental investigations. He is Chambers rated and has been recognized for eight years by the Washingtonian as one of Washington, D.C.'s top litigators.

Des represents Hogan Lovells clients in high-profile matters, including representing clients in inquiries by numerous Congressional committees and state attorneys general.

He's also known for his commitment to pro bono. He received national press attention for our client – a U.S. Navy sailor sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime he did not commit – by winning a habeas corpus relief and a pardon from Virginia's governor. He was co-lead counsel in a highly publicized trial that exonerated 35 people who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit.

Des co-leads our litigation practice in the Americas and is a founding member of our Diversity Committee. He clerked for federal judge Wiley Daniel. He was the valedictorian of Howard University School of Law and its first summa cum laude graduate.

Awards and recognitions


Litigation: General Commercial (District of Columbia)
Chambers USA


Litigation: General Commercial (District of Columbia), Up and Coming
Chambers USA

Education and admissions


J.D., Howard University School of Law, summa cum laude

B.A., Allegheny College


Member, Board of Directors, Council for Court Excellence

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Court admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Representative experience

Team took over a major auto case, won class decertification, tried the case, handled the appeal, and defeated plaintiffs' large damages claims.

Recently secured the dismissal of separate class actions against major food, health benefits, and technology companies at initial pleading.

Argued against class certification in the In Re WellPoint UCR MDL, winning the motion and defeating plaintiffs' US$1bn+ damages claims.

Team has represented many clients in Congressional investigations by nearly a dozen House and Senate Committees.

Currently represents Anthem in its high-profile data breach MDL (100+ consolidated class actions) and in the related regulatory inquiries.

Argued against class certification for dozens of joint defendants in a nationwide MDL class action, which was then dismissed after argument.

Led the effort in a nationwide healthcare class action, winning a threshold summary judgment ruling and the follow-on Eleventh Circuit Appeal.

Represented a major retailer and its top executives in a significant cyber security investigation.

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