E. Desmond Hogan

E. Desmond Hogan

Washington, D.C.

Email desmond.hogan@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 5493

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Des Hogan, who is the Head of the Americas Litigation practice, strives to extinguish cases early and knows how to try them when necessary. He handles class actions, cyber litigation, commercial disputes, and government investigations. He is Chambers rated (starting in 2013) and has been recognized by the Washingtonian (since 2010) as one of D.C.'s top litigators.

Des has successfully led numerous class actions. Recently, his team won a significant victory in the Uber Data Breach multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Central District of California when the court granted arbitration motions and stayed eight nationwide class actions. Des also successfully represented Anthem in the Anthem Data Breach MDL in the Northern District of California, helping drive a favorable resolution of the litigation and the related regulatory investigations. And his team recently secured dismissal with prejudice of a nationwide consumer class action against a food manufacturer in a precedent-setting false advertising case in Miami. Currently, he represents more than a dozen Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in an antitrust MDL in Alabama.

Des has a long track record of success. His team defeated class certification in the In Re WellPoint UCR MDL, wiping out plaintiffs' 10-figure damages claims. In a nationwide health care class action, Des led the winning summary judgment effort and successfully argued the Eleventh Circuit appeal. And his team took over a Ford case, winning class decertification and defeating plaintiffs' US$350 million+ claims through trial and appeal.

Des also represents clients in high-profile congressional investigations, assisting them in responding to nearly a dozen committees on issues such as health care, data security, pharmaceutical markets, consumer products, and public corruption.

Des is committed to pro bono. He received national press attention for our client – a U.S. Navy sailor sentenced to life for a crime he did not commit – by winning habeas relief and a pardon by Virginia's governor. He co-led a highly publicized trial that exonerated 35 wrongfully convicted people. And he led a team that won a class action on behalf of 100+ U.S. Secret Service special agents.

Des was also a founding member of our Diversity Committee. He clerked for federal judge Wiley Daniel. He was also valedictorian at 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


Dispute Resolutions: General Commercial Disputes
Legal 500 US


Transport: Rail and Road (Litigation)
Legal 500 US

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, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth 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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