Hogan Lovells appoints new Board members

LONDON and WASHINGTON, D.C., 2 May 2018 – Hogan Lovells has elected five partners to its Board - Joaquín Ruiz Echauri, Clay James, Richard Lorenzo, Cate Stetson and Adrian Walker.

  • Joaquín Ruiz Echauri has been elected to the Continental Europe seat.
  • Clay James has been elected to the At Large seat.
  • Richard Lorenzo has been elected to the U.S. (other than D.C. area) seat.
  • Cate Stetson has been re-elected to the D.C. area seat. 
  • Adrian Walker has been elected to the London seat.

Joaquín, Clay, Cate and Adrian begin or continue their roles as of 1 May. Richard will begin his role as of 1 July.

The Hogan Lovells Board comprises 12 members in total and has supervisory responsibility for overseeing the affairs of the firm, but without executive responsibility for strategy, management, and operating decisions. It provides input to the CEO and Hogan Lovells’ International Management Committee.  Members of the Board make up the Compensation Committee and are part of the Advancement Committee which they chair. Membership of the Board is designed to reflect the broad scope of the business, with members representing a combination of geographic and other backgrounds.

Biographical details on the new Board members:

Joaquín Ruiz Echauri heads up our Spanish Insurance and Reinsurance practice and also our Product Litigation and Compliance practice. He joined the firm in 2007 and deals with Iberian and Latin American insurance and reinsurance, payment services and product liability matters.  His practice has been recognized by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading top tier practice for the last five consecutive years. He has significantly grown the team in Spain from one partner and one associate, to three partners, one counsel and 16 associates.

Clay James is a partner in our IPMT team, based in our Denver and Silicon Valley offices. He is a litigator and trial lawyer who tackles high-stakes intellectual property disputes, class actions, privacy and data security cases and complex commercial litigation, with a focus on technology-related matters. Clay has acted as lead counsel in dozens of patent, copyright and trade secret cases including acting as lead counsel for Sun Microsystems Inc for seven years. He has also served as Chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association. 

Richard C. Lorenzo is Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells’ Miami office.  His 22-year international commercial litigation and arbitration legal career has included representing clients across the U.S. and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He is experienced in the civil law systems and political landscapes of Spanish-speaking jurisdictions, which complements his English-language arbitration practices, providing bilingual and bicultural services to clients. Richard is an adjunct professor of International Arbitration and Litigation at Florida International University College of Law and serves as Chair of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation, a non-profit focused on increasing diversity in the legal profession.

Cate Stetson is co-head of our U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate practice group, a nationally renowned and Chambers-ranked appellate litigator, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She has more than 85 arguments to her name, including multiple arguments in the Supreme Court, all but one of the federal courts of appeals, multiple state appellate courts, and federal district courts from Alaska to Vermont. Her experience spans appeals presenting questions of administrative law and procedure, antitrust law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the False Claims Act, class certification, civil procedure, and constitutional, contract, copyright, employment, energy, environmental, food and drug, health care, insurance, patent, telecommunications, and tort law.

Adrian Walker is a founder of the firm's Infrastructure Energy Resources and Projects practice which he led for 10 years.  He co-leads the firm's Social Enterprise and Business Integrity Groups.  He is recognized for his experience in promoting the most challenging projects in developed and emerging markets, across economic and social infrastructure. A former member of the World Economic Forum's Social Innovation Council, he has spent his career asking "why not", helping the public and private sectors improve people's lives through better access to energy and services whilst championing mission-led business that is inclusive of all its stakeholders.

The Board will now comprise:

  • Chair (and “At Large”): Leo von Gerlach
  • CEO: Steve Immelt
  • Asia Pacific Middle East: Andrew McGinty
  • Continental Europe: Joaquín Ruiz Echauri
  • Washington, D.C. area: Cate Stetson
  • London: Adrian Walker
  • The Americas: Bruce Oakley
  • U.S. (except D.C. area): Richard Lorenzo
  • 45 and under: Ben Higson
  • Three “At Large” representatives:
    • Marie-Aimée de Dampierre
    • Clay James
    • Phoebe Wilkinson

New Chair Leo von Gerlach said: "I am delighted to welcome our new members to the Board and look forward to working with them in my new responsibility as Chair. The Board plays an important role in the governance of Hogan Lovells, in its relationship with our management team, and in listening to, and representing, the views of partners. The high level of participation in this election process is testament to that.”



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