Warren Gorrell

Senior counsel and former CEO of Hogan Lovells

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Warren Gorrell is Senior Counsel and former Chairman and CEO of Hogan Lovells. He is an M&A and corporate lawyer focusing primarily on the REIT (real estate investment trust) industry. He led Hogan Lovells for almost 15 years and is one of the few law firm leaders to have maintained an active practice while leading a major firm.

Warren has been named as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America (The National Law Journal, 2013 and 2006). He received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Law Firm Leadership from The American Lawyer (2018). He has been widely recognized as one of the leading M&A and corporate lawyers in the United States and Washington, D.C. by the leading legal rating services. In 1999, The American Lawyer recognized him as a Dealmaker of the Year.

Warren joined Hogan Lovells (then Hogan & Hartson) in 1979, became an equity partner in 1986, was elected to the first of three terms on the firm’s executive committee in 1991, established and served as managing partner of the firm’s New York office in 1998, became Chairman of Hogan & Hartson in 2001 and led its transatlantic combination with London-based Lovells to create Hogan Lovells in 2010. He served as co-CEO until 2014 and today serves as Senior Counsel.

Warren has led many of the largest and most complex M&A transactions and IPOs involving REITs and other real estate companies over the last 30 years. He and his team are credited with creating the structure that led to the dramatic growth of the REIT industry since the early 1990s. He has advised leading REITs and other real estate companies on M&A, capital markets and other corporate matters as well as major investment banking firms as underwriters in IPOs and other capital markets transactions and as financial advisers in M&A transactions.

Warren graduated with an AB degree in Economics from Princeton University, magna cum laude, in 1976 and from the University of Virginia Law School in 1979. Warren serves as Chair of the Board of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation, is a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Partners for Education, and is actively involved in several other institutions and organizations supporting education.