· Clay James has been elected to the At Large seat. Clay James is a partner in the firm’s IPMT team, based in our Denver and Silicon Valley offices. He is a litigator and trial lawyer who tackles high-stakes intellectual property disputes, class actions, privacy and data security cases and complex commercial litigation, with a focus on technology-related matters. Clay has acted as lead counsel in dozens of patent, copyright and trade secret cases including acting as lead counsel for Sun Microsystems Inc for seven years. He has also served as Chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association.
· Joaquín Ruiz Echauri has been elected to the Continental Europe seat. Joaquín Ruiz Echauri heads up the firm’s Spanish Insurance and Reinsurance practice and also our Product Litigation and Compliance practice. He joined the firm in 2007 and deals with Iberian and Latin American insurance and reinsurance, payment services and product liability matters. His practice has been recognized by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading top tier practice for the last five consecutive years. He has significantly grown the team in Spain from one partner and one associate, to three partners, one counsel and 16 associates.
· Richard Lorenzo has been elected to the U.S. (other than D.C.) seat. Richard C. Lorenzo is Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells’ Miami office. His 22-year international commercial litigation and arbitration legal career has included representing clients across the U.S. and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He is experienced in the civil law systems and political landscapes of Spanish-speaking jurisdictions, which complements his English-language arbitration practices and procedures, providing bilingual and bicultural services to clients. He is one of the region’s most accomplished attorneys and is frequently invited to serve as a speaker for his knowledge and insight into arbitration trends and practices in Latin America. In addition to this legal career, Richard is an adjunct professor of International Arbitration and Litigation at Florida International University College of Law and serves as Chair of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation, a non-profit focused on attaining greater access to higher education for Hispanics and to increase diversity in the legal profession.
· Cate Stetson has been re-elected to the Washington region U.S. seat. Cate Stetson is co-head of the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate practice group, a Chambers-ranked appellate litigator, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She has more than 80 cases to her name, including in the Supreme Court, nearly all federal courts of appeals, and multiple state appellate courts. Her experience spans appeals presenting questions of administrative law and procedure, antitrust law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the False Claims Act, class certification, civil procedure, and constitutional, contract, copyright, employment, energy, environmental, food and drug, health care, insurance, patent, telecommunications, and tort law. Before joining Hogan Lovells, Cate served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Stanley S. Harris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and The Honorable David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
· Adrian Walker has been elected to the London seat. Adrian Walker is a founder of the firm’s Infrastructure Energy Resources and Projects practice which he led for 10 years. He co-leads the firm’s Social Enterprise and Business Integrity Groups. He is recognized for his expertise in promoting the most challenging projects in developed and emerging market, across economic and social infrastructure. A former member of the World Economic Forum’s Social Innovation Council, he has spent his career asking “why not”, helping the public and private sectors improve people’s lives through better access to energy and services whilst championing mission led business that is inclusive of all its stakeholders.
Clay, Joaquín, Cate and Adrian begin or continue their roles as of 1 May. Richard will begin his role as of 1 July.