Hogan Lovells Named to National Law Journal’s 2013 Pro Bono Hot List

WASHINGTON, D.C., 15 January 2013 – Hogan Lovells is proud to announce it has been named to The National Law Journal’s 2013 Pro Bono Hot List for its ongoing representation of John Errol Ferguson, a severely mentally ill death row inmate whom the firm has represented in post-conviction proceedings for more than 25 years on a pro bono basis. In October 2012, in a race against the clock, a team of Hogan Lovells professionals succeeded in obtaining a stay of the execution from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Barrett Prettyman, of counsel in Hogan Lovells’ Washington, D.C. office, took Mr. Ferguson’s case on in 1987 through a referral from the American Bar Association's post-conviction project and continues to be actively involved. Hogan Lovells partners Chris Handman, Pat Brannan, Des Hogan, and Cate Stetson, along with associates Lindsay Breedlove, Sarah Cummings, Marisa Cruz, Katie Marshall, Ben Lewis, Elizabeth Jose, and Erica Songer, have kept the case moving forward. Collectively, Hogan Lovells lawyers and staff have donated more than 31,000 hours during the life of the Ferguson case.

The Pro Bono Hot List recognizes lawyers whose pro bono work entailed significant financial sacrifice, had a broad social or financial reach, or — because of their clients' unpopularity — exposed them to criticism. Hogan Lovells was also named to the 2012 Pro Bono Hot List for its successful efforts to free prominent Syrian human rights lawyer Muhannad al-Hassani. The profile of our work on the Ferguson case, as well as the entire list of honorees, is available on The National Law Journal website.

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