Meghan E.F. Rissmiller

Washington, D.C.

Experience dynamic support

Personal growth

I chose the firm as it felt like a good fit from day one. Everyone here made me feel valuable, and in the Washington, D.C., office especially, the variety of practice groups and opportunities available was particularly appealing. Many of the reasons I selected Hogan Lovells are the same reasons I continue to stay.
My early observations have continued to hold even now that I am a partner. One of the firm’s strengths remains its people – whether in the Washington, D.C.; Brussels; or Tokyo office (or anywhere in between). Another one of its strengths is the breadth and depth of practice areas, which allows us to assist clients across a spectrum of issues. It also provides financial stability in these occasionally uncertain times in the legal market.

In terms of my personal growth as a lawyer, I’ve had the opportunity to grow and develop my craft at every stage. As a junior associate, after only two years, I managed large projects, defended depositions, engaged in substantive antitrust thinking and strategizing, and drafted briefs and motions. I continued to have appropriate opportunities at each stage of my path to becoming a partner. And today, I have the support I need to develop my client business and contribute to the firm.

Deep relationships

The meaningful relationships I’ve formed and the mentoring I’ve received, both as an associate and as a partner, have been extremely valuable. A very senior antitrust litigation partner once came into the office on a Saturday simply to give me a personalized "Deposition 101" when I was a junior associate. From the client-facing opportunities made possible by others to develop my business when I was up for partner, to the guidance I’ve received about how to successfully balance work and life now that I’m a partner, I’ve always found the mentoring, support, and motivation that I needed in my colleagues.  

A common mindset

Hogan Lovells is remarkable in terms of its commitment to matters of diversity and to pro bono. I lead the African-American attorney affinity network in the U.S., which is one of the many affinity groups sponsored by the firm to grow and sustain a diverse and inclusive environment. Additionally, I’ve participated in a number of pro bono activities over the years that are meaningful to me, including teaching less privileged students legal basics and assisting in housing-related activities. The firm’s management values and encourages these types of contributions to the community.