Hogan Lovells maintains high position among the Financial Times most innovative law firms in North America

Press releases | 16 December 2020

Washington, D.C., 16 December 2020 –  Global law firm Hogan Lovells has again been recognized by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers awards series to be among the most innovative law firms in North America.

The firm finished fourth overall this year, and is featured in  the Financial Times “North America Innovative Lawyers” report for its work on several fronts—including:

• Innovative use of technology

• The emerging practice area of nuclear fusion

• Responding to COVID-19

• Diversity and inclusion initiatives

Hogan Lovells’ strong showing follows its win in 2019 as most innovative law firm. 

Lead Innovation Partner Mark Brennan commented: “We are gratified by this continued recognition of the culture of innovation that we have developed at Hogan Lovells. We know our clients place high value on innovation, and we continue to find innovative ways to deliver service to our clients.”  

In addition to finishing fourth overall, the firm placed fifth in the “Most Digital Firm” category, and the judges commended the firm for its dedication to and investment in new technology.

Partner Amy Roma was named among the FT’s Top 10 Legal Practitioners in North America, which demonstrate how the practice of law is evolving. Roma was recognized for her work to build a regulatory framework for nuclear fusion. The FT noted that Roma “has made a name for herself in the once-niche practice of nuclear and radioactive materials law.” Roma represents companies in this nascent technology, which has the potential to transform the world’s energy supply. She is the only private practice lawyer asked to present the industry legal perspective in the first meeting on regulating fusion with the  Nuclear Regulatory Committee and the Department of Energy. 

The report also highlighted Roma’s commitment to pro bono work. Hogan Lovells was shortlisted in the “Responding to COVID-19” category, and judges recognized Roma’s efforts to assist the New England Patriots in overcoming regulatory hurdles to secure 1.3 million face masks for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and New York City. The judges also noted the firm’s work on behalf the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation to obtain approval for the import of ventilators and millions of units of PPE from China to be donated to healthcare facilities in New York, New Jersey, California and Michigan. 

Hogan Lovells was additionally profiled in the report for the firm’s progress in diversity and inclusion. Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion Bendita Cynthia Malakia was quoted commenting on the importance of developing competency in this area. “[D]iversity is not a ‘nice to have’, it’s business critical,” she said. 

The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers reports distinguish legal innovation in separate reports covering Asia, Europe, and North America. Over the past 15 years, the FT has assessed legal innovation in more than 400 law firms and 400 in-house legal departments from more than 50 countries. The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report is published in conjunction with RSG Consulting.

The full North America Innovative Lawyers report can be found here