Elizabeth McGuire

Los Angeles

Achieve a dynamic fit with work and family

Deep relationships

The firm allows me to work a reduced-hours schedule, and as a mom this kind of flexibility has been extremely helpful. It means I can often take my two boys to school in the morning, and be home with them in the evenings. The firm’s flexibility has allowed me to achieve some control over my schedule, and develop a better work-life balance.

Professional expertise

My practice largely focuses on providing contract support to life sciences companies that develop and commercialize pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and biotechnology products. I collaborate closely with colleagues in other practices and offices to draft and negotiate clinical trial agreements, master services agreements, consulting agreements, investigator-initiated study agreements, pharmacovigilance/safety data exchange agreements, quality agreements, and other forms of regulatory agreements.

Hogan Lovells is very open to taking on pro bono projects, and it makes every effort to allow lawyers to bring in the pro bono opportunities that interest them. In the past, I’ve assisted the Alliance for Children’s Rights advocating for children and their families, while working with school officials. Our focus is on developing and updating individualized education programs and individualized family service plans, to address each child's special educational needs.

Personal growth

I joined the firm as an associate in 2004, following my graduation from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. I’d previously worked with Hogan Lovells as a summer associate (then Hogan & Hartson), and I was impressed with the people here. Following my summer experience, I joined the firm because of the people — they are approachable, laid back, and smart. That was my impression then, and it has not changed during my time with the firm.

When it comes to your own career path, my advice is to carefully consider which area of law you would like to work in. Then, try to get as much experience as possible in this area before committing. It’s so important to love what you do.