Mary Beth Hogan is Co-Chair of the Litigation Department. She has a broad-gauged litigation and investigations practice that focuses on sensitive investigations for educational institutions, corporations and other organizations, including board-directed independent investigations of sexual abuse or harassment.
Ms. Hogan’s work in this area also includes advising boards of corporations, educational institutions, and nonprofits on #MeToo-related governance issues. Ms. Hogan also represents clients involved in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions involving the Department of Justice, State Attorneys General, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, New York’s Department of Financial Services and other federal and state regulators.
She is currently representing a leading financial services company in multiple government enforcement actions. Ms. Hogan was recognized as a leading lawyer and as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation in 2017 and 2018, which quoted one client as saying “Mary Beth has been efficient, responsive, proactive and expert in her work with us.
She is conscious of our budget limitations and [is] very respectful.” She was also named in Crain’s inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City”, which recognizes “trailblazers who found multiple paths to excellence.”
Ms. Hogan is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, where she has been praised for her “top-notch skills in drafting and analysis,” and where clients have described her as “focused, practical and cooperative. She has a great understanding of our business needs and can cut straight to the issues.”
Ms. Hogan has also been recommended for Labor and Employment Litigation, Financial Services (Litigation) and International Litigation by The Legal 500 US which has described her as “intellectual, thorough and knowledgeable.”
In 2015, Ms. Hogan was named “Lawyer of the Year for Private Practice” for gender diversity in the profession by Chambers & Partners. She was also recognized in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s“Women Worth Watching” issue (2013).
A respected author and sought-after speaker, Ms. Hogan’s most recent engagements include The Legal Implications of #MeToo at a Debevoise seminar in Hong Kong, The Path to Gender Equality in the Legal Profession at the 2018 IBA Women in the Legal Profession event and The Courage to Say Yes Across Generations at the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 13th General Counsel Institute.
She was also featured in a 2013 documentary on the New York Times website, “Great Expectations for Female Lawyers”, a follow-up from a 2001 New York Times Magazine article in which 21 women lawyers at Debevoise were profiled and interviewed about the career prospects for women in law firms.
Ms. Hogan’s publications include:
- “CFPB May Look to NY For Its Own Debt Collection Rules,” Law360 (2015);
- “DOJ Proposal Shows Focus on Individuals in Corporate Crime,” Law360 (2014);
- “Inside 2nd Circ. Ruling On Overseas Whistleblower,” Law360 (2014);
- “A Novel Suit: Cities Try on the FHA For Size,” Law360 (2014);
- “The Securities and Exchange Commission Approves Final Rules for Implementing the Whistleblower Bounty Program Under the Dodd-Frank Act,” Debevoise & Plimpton Financial Institutions Report (2011);
- “How Stengart Changes Employees’ Privacy Expectations,” Appellate Law360 and Employment Law360 (2010);
- “They’re Getting Paid HOW Much? Executive Pay Under Fire,” Corporate Counsel (2010);
- “Federal Appeals Court Holds That Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives Are Exempt Employees,” Employee Benefit Plan Review (2010);
- “The New York City Civil Rights Restoration Act Grows Teeth,” New York State Bar Association Journal (2009);
- “Complying With Employment Regulations,” Aspatore (2009);
- “Broad Whistleblower Protection Under the Federal Stimulus Law,” New York Law Journal (2009);
- “Implications of the New York State WARN Act,” Employment Law360 (2008);
- “Employment Issues Arising in Internal Investigations,” New York Law Journal (2008);
- “FLSA Collective Action Lawsuits: an Accelerating Trend,” Employee Benefit Plan Review (2007);
- “How Far Does It Reach? U.S. Long-Arm Jurisdiction in the Age of Global Ownership,” Mealey’s Litigation Report (April 2003); and
- “The Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations: Privilege Issues in Structuring and Investigation and Interviewing Witnesses,” Practising Law Institute (2004).
Ms. Hogan serves on the Board of Directors of Catalyst and is President of the Board of Directors of Nazareth Housing. She is also on the Board of Trustees of the Armory Foundation, a non-profit that combines her passion for running and fitness with education opportunities for inner city students. Ms. Hogan is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Federal Bar Council and the American Bar Association.
Ms. Hogan received her A.B. cum laude, from Princeton University in 1985, and her J.D., with high honors, from Rutgers University in 1990, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the articles editor for the Women’s Rights Law Reporter. She clerked for the Hon. Gary S. Stein, Supreme Court of New Jersey (1990-1991).
- Sensitive Investigations
- The Board of Directors of CBS Corporation in an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against the CEO, senior CBS News personnel, as well as allegations about the corporate culture.
- Two prominent honor societies following allegations of misconduct by several of their members.
- A Special Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester in an independent investigation of all claims alleged in EEOC and federal complaints filed by eight current and former University faculty members and students.
- Syracuse University in responding to inquiries by various law enforcement authorities which arose as a result of allegations of sexual abuse made against former Associate Head Coach of the University’s men’s basketball team. We are also representing the University in a defamation case that was filed against the University and its head basketball coach.
- Albany Diocese Sexual Misconduct Review Board in an independent internal investigation concerning allegations of sexual misconduct against the Bishop of Albany.
- The Boards of Trustees of a number of independent schools relating to allegations of improper conduct by teachers, coaches and administrators.
- Financial Services and Civil Cases
- A leading mortgage servicer in connection with federal and state regulatory investigations.
- UBS Financial Services, as lead trial counsel defeated claims brought by former UBS clients in connection with investment losses during the Fall of 2008.
- Following nine hearing days, the three-arbitrator FINRA panel denied all of the claimants’ claims.
- JPMorgan Chase NA in civil actions brought by the Massachusetts and New York Attorneys General in connection with mortgage foreclosure practices.
- JPMorgan Chase NA in the successful defense of multiple class actions, at the motion to dismiss stage, relating to mortgage servicers’ use of the Mortgage Electronic Recording System (MERS).
- A leading investment bank in a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claim that settled favorably following two weeks of hearings.
- A financial services company in an internal investigation addressing allegations made by a senior female managing director that others in senior management had discriminated against her on the basis of gender.
- Employment and Commercial Litigation Cases
- Sidley Austin LLP in winning a motion to dismiss a Section 487 claim (NY Judiciary Law) related to a multi-billion dollar real estate investment.
- A leading medical device manufacturer in winning a multimillion dollar claim, and successfully defending a counterclaim, in an arbitration against its former parent.
- An insurance company in a favorable settlement of a confidential arbitration, brought by the company’s former CEO, alleging constructive discharge and wrongful termination.
- Discovery Communications in a breach of contract and unfair competition action in which the plaintiff dismissed all claims voluntarily after Discovery filed its motion to dismiss in New York Supreme Court.
- A consortium of banks in a putative class action alleging violations of the WARN act.
- Rutgers School of Law – Newark, 1990, J.D.
- Princeton University, 1985, A.B.
- New Jersey
- New York
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