Eli Mekonen | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

Eli Mekonen

Associate Corporate & Finance

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Eli Mekonen
Mekonen Eli
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Elias "Eli" Mekonen is a solutions-oriented attorney who helps tackle the corporate legal challenges our clients face.

With a practice focused on M&A, private equity transactions and other corporate matters, he advises public and private companies at every stage of the corporate life cycle. He began his Hogan Lovells career as a summer associate, first in 2018 and again in 2019.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Eli gained legal experience as an intern at an international law firm in New York City, in the legal department of BofA Securities, Inc. and at the Supreme Court of Virginia. While in law school, Eli served as the Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology. He was a general body member of the Black Law Students Association and the Virginia Law and Business Society. His broad experience enables him to advise our clients in a practical and business-oriented manner.

Eli is an advocate for historically-marginalized members of society and maintains an active pro bono practice. His recent pro bono efforts include representing a mother of three in connection with a housing conditions matter, screening cases for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, and drafting the privacy policy for a Washington, D.C.-based mental health clinic.

Representative experience

A consortium led by Josh Harris in the record-setting US$6.05bn acquisition of the NFL’s Washington Commanders, the highest valuation ever paid for a sports franchise in U.S. history.

A privately held alcoholic beverage company on gaming law matters in connection with a partnership with a digital media and gaming company.

The Walton-Penner family in the US$4.65bn acquisition of the NFL's Denver Broncos, the highest valuation ever paid for a sports franchise in U.S. history at the time.

IBM in the US$19bn global separation and reorganization of its managed infrastructure services business into Kyndryl Holdings, Inc., a separate publicly traded company.

LabCorp in the US$575m acquisition of Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc., a provider of comprehensive liquid biopsy and tissue-based genomic products and services.

Saint-Gobain on the US$214m sale of its scintillation and photonic crystals business to a consortium led by SK Capital Partners and Edgewater Capital Partners.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2020
  • B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, cum laude, 2017
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • Sports Lawyers Association


Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll High Honors

District of Columbia Courts

Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll High Honors

District of Columbia Courts