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Warren Gorrell, Jr.

Warren Gorrell, Jr.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Warren Gorrell is Co-CEO of Hogan Lovells and a partner in the Corporate group. He was the Chairman of Hogan & Hartson from January 2001 to May 2010. Warren is one of a handful of leaders of major law firms who maintains a substantial practice while managing the firm. Warren is active in virtually all corporate and financial areas on behalf of many public and private companies and financial institutions.

Warren's practice, which is primarily transactional, covers many different areas and industries. He advises publicly and privately held companies in all aspects of their businesses, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), securities offerings (including IPOs), tender offers and exchange offers, joint ventures, and general business matters. For many years, a substantial part of Warren's practice has focused on the real estate and hospitality industry, where he has led several of the largest M&A transactions and IPOs in the industry. He was recognized by The American Lawyer in 1999 as a Dealmaker of the Year.

Warren has been named as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America (The National Law Journal, 2006) and as one of 30 visionaries over the last 30 years in the Washington, D.C. legal community (Legal Times, 2008). Warren also is recognized as one of the leading M&A and corporate lawyers in the United States and Washington, D.C. by leading legal rating services (Chambers, Legal 500, Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Legal Times).

Warren is also active in community and philanthropic activities. He serves on the board of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation. He also is actively involved with several other colleges and universities in various ways, including providing scholarships for disadvantaged students. He serves on the board of Capital Partners for Education and was a founder of Nomadic Kenyan Children's Educational Fund (now Kenya Education Fund).

Warren grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 with a degree in Economics. He received the Donald B. Lourie Award and was a three year letterman in football. He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1979. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and New York. He joined Hogan & Hartson in 1979, became a partner in 1986, served three terms on the firm's Executive Committee (1991-1993, 1995-1997, and 1999-2001), opened the firm's New York office (1998), and became Chairman of the firm in 2001.


  • Representation of Equity Residential in its $16 billion acquisition of Archstone with AvalonBay; Archstone-Smith in its $22.2 billion acquisition by Tishman Speyer and Lehman Brothers; Trizec in its $8.9 billion acquisition by Brookfield and The Blackstone Group; Equity Office in its $7.2 billion stock-for-stock acquisition of Spieker; New Plan Excel in its $6.2 billion acquisition by Centro; CarrAmerica in its $5.6 billion acquisition by The Blackstone Group; Equity Office in its $5.2 billion stock-for-stock acquisition of Beacon; Equity Office in its $4.6 billion stock-for-stock acquisition of Cornerstone; Lehman Brothers/ING Clarion in their $2.8 billion acquisition of Gables; GE in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Trustreet; Trizec in its participation with GE in the $3.8 billion acquisition of Arden; and other M&A and going private transactions.

  • Representation of Host in its conversion to a REIT and concurrent $4 billion public and private acquisitions of hotel portfolios from The Blackstone Group and several Host sponsored partnerships.

  • Representation of the companies in the IPOs of Equity Office, Smith Residential, Douglas Emmett, Colony Financial, Colonial, U-Store-It, Paragon, Republic, and others.

  • Representation of the underwriters (Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, and others) in the IPOs of Empire State, CarrAmerica, Mills, Crescent, Arden, Dupont Fabros, Heritage, Extra Space, Post, and others.


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