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The nominations for Hogan & Hartson's first contested election in recent years for places on its executive committee closed last week, with the vote scheduled for next Monday (13 February).
Three partners are standing for the two places on the Washington DC firm's board. In previous years, partners standing for the three-year positions have been voted in unopposed.
The three partners standing are antitrust specialist Janet McDavid, litigator Craig Hoover and co-chair of Hogan's food, drugs and medical devices practice Gary Kushner. All three are based in the firm's DC heartland, although this is not a requirement of standing for the board.
The partners need to secure a majority of a quorum to win. If at the first round two candidates have a majority, the election is over. If only one partner secures a majority, the election will go to a second round.
Every partner has a vote but it is weighted depending on the number of equity points they have. However, Hogan's partnership deed limits the number of points that count towards the vote to ensure that no partner has an unfair degree of influence.
Hogan chairman Warren Gorrell told The Lawyer: "No one is serving a constituency," he said. "These are simply partners who are willing to serve the firm. They aren't standing on any platform and I can assure you nothing in this election will change the strategy of Hogan & Hartson."
The two partners standing down from the five-seat board are New York litigator Dennis Tracey and antitrust specialist Christine Varney.