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Longtime Hogan Lovells leader Gorrell announces retirement aged 62

By Kathryn Higgins

15 December 2016 at 12:56 BST

After more than 30 years in the firm's partnership, former Hogan Lovells chairman and chief executive officer J. Warren Gorrell Jr has confirmed that he will retire from the firm at the end of this year.


News of the 62-year-old Mr Gorrell’s planned retirement comes two years after the longtime leader stepped down from his role as co-chief executive officer of Hogan Lovells alongside David Harris, who himself retired in 2014. A partner with legacy firm Hogan & Hartson, Mr Gorrell was instrumental in orchestrating the firm’s 2012 transatlantic merger with Lovells. He is also credit with raising the firm’s status from that of a regulatory-focused Washington DC player to a sprawling global firm with a major hand in the securities sector. ‘I don’t think you could possibly overstate his influence on Hogan & Hartson,’ said former Hogan & Hartson partner Jeffrey Lowe, now leader of the law firm group at legal recruiter Major, Lindsey & Africa. ‘All the rules were rewritten because of him and his ability to develop business. He was phenomenally influential in the growth of that firm.’

With his retirement scheduled for the final day of this year, Mr Gorrell says his plans for life after Hogan Lovells remain elusive. ‘The rest of my plan is to have no plan,’ he told The National Law Journal. ‘I cannot imagine honestly having done something else more gratifying than having the career here that I’ve had… There’s just nothing I can do related to what I do now that’s going to be better.’

Source: The National Law Journal


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