J Warren Gorrell Jr

Warren Gorrell is co-chief executive officer of Hogan Lovells and a partner in the corporate group. He is one of a handful of leaders of major law firms who maintains a substantial practice while managing the firm. Gorrell is active in virtually all corporate and financial areas on behalf of many public and private companies and financial institutions. 

Warren Gorrell

Gorrell was chairman of Hogan & Hartson from January 2001 to May 2010. 

His 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 Gorrell’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 recognised by The American Lawyer in 1999 as a Dealmaker of the Year.

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

Gorrell is also active in community and philanthropic activities. He is actively involved with several colleges and universities in various ways, including providing scholarships for disadvantaged students. He serves on the board of Capital Partners for Education, a non-profit that provides high-school scholarships and mentors to disadvantaged youth in the Washington DC area.Gorrell was a founder of Nomadic Kenyan Children’s Educational Fund, a non-profit that provides scholarships to nomadic Kenyan children to attend high schools in Kenya. 

Gorrell 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. 

Representative experience

  • Representation of Archstone-Smith in its $22.2bn acquisition by Tishman Speyer and Lehman Brothers; Trizec in its $8.9bn acquisition by Brookfield and The Blackstone Group; Equity Office in its $7.2bn stock-for-stock acquisition of Spieker; New Plan Excel in its $6.2bn acquisition by Centro; CarrAmerica in its $5.6bn acquisition by The Blackstone Group; Equity Office in its $5.2bn stock-for-stock acquisition of Beacon; Equity Office in its $4.6bn stock-for-stock acquisition of Cornerstone; Lehman Brothers/ING Clarion in their $2.8bn acquisition of Gables; GE in its $2.2bn acquisition of Trustreet; Trizec in its participation with GE in the $3.8bn acquisition of Arden; and other M&A and going private transactions
  • Representation of Host in its conversion to a REIT and concurrent $4bn 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 CarrAmerica, Mills, Crescent, Arden, Dupont Fabros, Heritage, Extra Space, Post, and others