Hogan Lovells wins Litigation Department of the Year at National Law Journal awards

Awards & rankings | 27 October 2023

Washington, D.C. 27 October 2023 —  Hogan Lovells’ Washington, D.C. Litigation practice has been named the sole winner of Litigation Department of the Year – General Litigation by the National Law Journal. One of the nation’s most prestigious awards for litigators, this recognition demonstrates the banner year our practice has had across multiple jurisdictions, including at the United States Supreme Court.

The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. last night. Rebecca Mandel, D.C. Litigation Group Manager, was in attendance along with fellow partners Neal Katyal, Adam Levin, David Foster, and Carrie DeLone, to accept the award.

Speaking following the win, Mandel commented: “This award reflects the outstanding year our team has had. We have excelled in some of the most consequential and high-profile matters of the year, and have left an indelible mark through several precedent-setting cases that have national implications. I am delighted for our team, and for the firm.”

Mandel was also interviewed by The National Law Journal. That interview can be found here

Our Washington, D.C. litigators delivered stunning wins on some of the most pressing and controversial issues of the year, including antitrust, financial markets, and crypto currency, privacy issues, access to reproductive healthcare, and broader societal challenges like voting rights and access to justice.

Our litigators argued approximately one tenth of all cases before the Supreme Court, including against-the-odds wins for voting rights in Moore v. Harper and Allen v. Milligan (the latter of which we briefed), two decisions of vital importance to democracy in the United States. In Coinbase v. Bielski, we argued and won the first-ever crypto case the nation’s top court has ever decided. We won a crucial temporary stay at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of client Danco Laboratories, maker of abortion medication Mifeprex® (mifepristone), preserving its original FDA approval through full appeal. 

We also won a slew of high-profile, high-stakes victories outside the Supreme Court. We successfully defended Swedish access solutions company Assa Abloy's US$4.3 billion acquisition of Spectrum Brands' hardware and home improvement business, its largest-ever U.S. transaction, from a challenge by the U.S. Department of Justice. We also won at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of Investors Exchange as it sought to uphold its “D-Limit” order type, which is designed to thwart latency arbitrage by certain high-frequency trading firms.

In addition to these matters, Hogan Lovells continued to demonstrate its longstanding commitment to pro bono through another stellar year of impactful victories. We won an appeal over the largest wrongful conviction jury verdict in the nation’s history, which we had obtained for two brothers who were wrongfully imprisoned for 31 years for a murder they did not commit. And we won an appeal upholding the conviction and 21-year sentence given to Derek Chauvin for the second-degree murder of George Floyd.

More information about our Litigation practice can be found here