Kevin D'Olivo | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

Kevin D'Olivo

Senior Associate Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment


Kevin D'Olivo
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Kevin D'Olivo is a commercial trial lawyer experienced in all facets of business litigation.

In particular, Kevin focuses on motor vehicle franchise law, advocating for manufacturers and distributors in their most complex and high-stakes disputes with dealers. In addition to his litigation practice, Kevin also counsels clients on various distribution challenges and franchise law issues that arise under the applicable franchise laws in states across the country. In this capacity, he helps his clients implement creative legal solutions to achieve business objectives while satisfying state regulators and avoiding private litigation. He has advised on cutting-edge issues in the field, including manufacturers’ ability to sell vehicles directly to consumers in numerous states.

Kevin’s background includes broad experience across other areas of civil litigation, including class and collective actions. He has handled many types of business disputes before federal and state courts, in various administrative tribunals and in alternative dispute resolution. As trial counsel, he has advocated before judge and jury alike, and he is well-versed in all aspects of pre-trial motions practice and discovery.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Kevin began his career as a litigation associate at an AmLaw 50 law firm. His experience includes representing government contractors and technology companies in trade secret and restrictive covenant disputes, employment litigation, business divorce, contract disputes, and cases arising from mergers and acquisitions.

Representative experience

Defending import brand distributor from dealer challenges to sales performance and facility incentive programs in numerous jurisdictions around the country 

Advising new market entrant on proposed U.S. distribution model 

Obtained preliminary injunction in the Eastern District of Virginia against former C-Suite officer of a technology company based on breaches of non-compete and non-solicit covenants.*

Obtained early dismissal of right-of-privacy claims against the creators of an Academy Award nominated documentary short. Succesfully defended dismissal on appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia.*

Successfully defended private equity firm in class-action under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) relating to the closure of a portfolio company manufacturer*

Defended international education company against claims of discrimination based on citizenship and obtained declination to pursue civil claims from DOJ's Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.*

Negotiated favorable settlement for government contractor after dismissal of former employee's claims of pregnancy, gender, and disability discrimination.*

Successfully defended a lender in consumer finance action alleging Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) violations*

As lead trial counsel, obtained complete defense judgment at bench trial in Henrico County General District Court in Virginia for national payment company*

Defended prime defense contractor in a US$30 million suit over termination of a subcontract, resulting in dismissal with prejudice with zero payment from the client after extensive discovery*

Represented a government contractor seller in a suit with a buyer over claims of withheld escrow, breach of representations and warranties, and fraud stemming from a stock purchase transaction.*

Pursued fraud and idemnity claims on behalf of technology company buyer against seller of an artificial intelligence company in the healthcare industry *

Secured full commutation of a pro-bono client's remaining federal prison sentence by President Obama.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2016
  • B.A., University of Washington, cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa, 2013
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Virginia
Court admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia