Ivan Zapien > Hogan Lovells US LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells US LLP
United States

Work Department

Global Regulatory




Ivan Zapien is well known in every facet of the government relations community in Washington, D.C. From politics and Capitol Hill to corporate America, Ivan is well respected on both sides of the aisle.

While serving as a chief of staff in both the U.S. House and Senate, Ivan built deep networks across both House and Senate Democrats. He also drove the government relations strategy and outreach for Walmart, the number one company on the Fortune 500 list. Thus, Ivan brings a unique and complex perspective to client engagements.

Ivan is a bilingual lawyer, executive, advocate, and leader with international and domestic experience in government affairs management and campaigns. He advises clients on diverse strategies, capitalizing on the opportunities of the current environment, while minimizing risk.

Ivan has been recognized as one of the “Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business and as one of the top lobbyists by Latino Magazine. He received the 2015 Alumni Achievement Award for Advocacy Efforts from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. In 2019, he was awarded the Hispanic Lobbyist Association’s President’s Award and was recognized by The Hill as a Top Lobbyist for 2019.


English, Spanish


Close Up Foundation, Board of Directors, Vice Chair


J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

M.A., The George Washington University

B.A., University of Arizona

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Government > Government relations

Drawing on a strong global regulatory practice and exceptional relationships at all levels of the government, Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s government relations and public affairs team handles complex matters facing all branches of the government. The firm enjoys a strong international presence and is highly-regarded for its representation of sovereign governments, but is also a popular choice among domestic automotive manufacturers and national industry associations. Practice head Ivan Zapien is a prominent Democratic lobbyist with a wealth of private sector and Capitol Hill experience, and former senator Norm Coleman is recommended for representation in congressional investigations. Aaron Cutler is a name to note for energy and financial services lobbying, and senior associate Ari Fridman specializes in national security and foreign policy issues. The group was further boosted in April 2020 by the arrival of Kelly Ann Shaw, the former deputy assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and deputy director of the National Economic Council. Michael House left the firm in February 2020. All named practitioners are based in Washington DC.