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Gorrell, J. Warren Jr.
555 Thirteenth Street, NW Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 637-8618 / (212) 918-5500 (New York)
Fax: (202) 637-5910


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview

Warren Gorrell is Chairman of Hogan & Hartson and a Co-director of the corporate, securities and finance practice group. 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.

Since Warren became Chairman in 2001, Hogan & Hartson has expanded significantly in the United States and around the world. Hogan & Hartson’s revenues have more than doubled over this period, and the firm has been recognized as a regular leader in pro bono, community service, and diversity. In 2008 Hogan & Hartson lawyers contributed more than $50 million in free legal services to those in need around the world.

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. In the early 1990s, he led the team that devised the “UPREIT” structure used today by virtually all of the largest real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the United States. Warren has worked on the largest IPO in REIT industry history and many of the largest M&A transactions in the industry. He was recognized by The American Lawyer in 1999 as a Dealmaker of the Year.

In recognition of his leadership of Hogan & Hartson and his achievements in his practice, 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 also is active in community and philanthropic activities. Warren 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 nonprofit that provides high school scholarships and mentors to disadvantaged youth in the Washington, D.C. area. Warren was a founder of Nomadic Kenyan Children’s Educational Fund, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to nomadic Kenyan children to attend high schools in Kenya.

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate, Finance, and Tax
  • Corporate and Securities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance
  • Middle East

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1979
  • New York, 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Capital Partners for Education (Board of Directors)
  • American Bar Association (Member)


  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1979
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1976
    Honors: magna cum laude