Former Hogan Lovells CEO Warren Gorrell recognized as 2018 AmLaw Law Firm Distinguished Leader

Washington, D.C., 22 August 2018 – Former Hogan Lovells CEO and current CEO Emeritus and Partner Warren Gorrell has been recognized by American Lawyer as its Law Firm Distinguished Leader for 2018.

This prestigious award acknowledges outstanding contributions to law firms and the wider legal industry. Gorrell was honored for his leadership of Hogan Lovells, with American Lawyer highlighting the “transformational international merger [the 2010 combination of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells that created Hogan Lovells] that remains a blueprint for success in the legal industry.”

Gorrell joined Hogan Lovells (then Hogan & Hartson) in 1979, just three days after graduating from the University of Virginia Law School. He was made an equity partner just six years later. In 1991, Gorrell was elected to the firm’s executive committee, the first of three elected terms. In 1998, he established the firm’s New York office, serving as managing partner until 2007. In 2001, Gorrell became Chairman of Hogan & Hartson, leading the firm for almost 15 years, including through its 2010 transatlantic combination with London-based Lovells to create the firm as we know it today, described by American Lawyer as “one of the most consequential mergers in the recent history of the legal industry.”

On top of his leadership of the firm, Gorrell’s career as a lawyer also has included many notable achievements. He maintained a very active and productive practice throughout his years in firm leadership. In 1993, he led the legal team that created the "UPREIT" structure for publicly traded REITs, which led to the REIT industry’s growth in equity market capitalization from just $11 billion in 1992 to over US$1 trillion today. Over the years he and his team have worked on many of the largest M&A transactions and IPOs in the REIT industry, and their practice remains one of the REIT industry’s most dominant legal practices.

The full American Lawyer announcement and profile of Gorrell is available here.

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