Hogan Lovells Adds Of Counsel Timothy J. Conley to Automotive Group

LOS ANGELES, 14 March 2011 – Hogan Lovells announced today that Timothy J. Conley has joined the Los Angeles office as of counsel in the Automotive industry sector group. He previously served as Vice President and General Counsel to Honda North America, Inc.

Conley will advise franchisors on a wide range of market representation matters, including dealer upgrade and incentive programs; product allocation matters; add-points; terminations; and the development and enforcement of dealer performance standards.

"Having served as in-house counsel at some of the top automotive manufacturers for more than 30 years, Tim has tremendous insight into the industry's changing dynamics and complex regulatory environment," said Carl J. Chiappa, leader of Hogan Lovells' Automotive industry sector group. "His significant experience and reputation will serve our clients well."

As Vice President and General Counsel to Honda North America, Inc., Conley coordinated all legal matters for the U.S.-based Honda subsidiary, including the development of corporate governance and compliance systems, revisions of discovery systems in response to litigation, and the development of a new subsidiary company to respond to the challenge of intellectual property rights. Prior to this position, Conley also served as General Counsel for Mazda North American Operations and Assistant General Counsel to Nissan Motor Company in the United States.

Conley also served as President of the Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California chapter, the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of lawyers who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations around the globe.

Stephen H. Kay, Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells' US LLP Los Angeles office, added: "We are pleased to welcome Tim and look forward to his many contributions as we continue to grow the Los Angeles office."

Hogan Lovells' lawyers have many years of experience counseling and representing clients in the automotive and motor vehicle sectors, bringing an informed view to antitrust, bankruptcy, consumer class action defense, creditors' rights, finance, labor and employment, market representation, mergers and acquisitions, patents, privacy, and safety and environmental issues. The practice regularly guides manufacturers and distributors through the legal issues surrounding retail dealer networks; advertising; competition, safety and emissions regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, recalls, and reporting; new standards development; defect investigations; and vehicle disclosure obligations. Lawyers at Hogan Lovells have extensive experience litigating disputes before state dealer boards, as well as in state and federal courts, in matters relating to franchise and other commercial disputes, fraud, price discrimination, warranty and allocation issues, brand withdrawal and dealer reorganizations, and consumer class action defense.

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