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

Hogan Lovells US LLP offers clients globally informed excellent expertise where government policy and business intersect. The team excels in advocating several major automotive manufacturers, and national industry associations. Sovereign governments also hold the firm’s practice in high-regard. Tax reform legislation is also a mainstay of the firm, representing a range of clients across the full range of issues, with particular expertise in renewable energy tax incentives. Practice head and prominent Democratic lobbyist Ivan Zapien leverages extensive experience in the private sector and Capitol Hill with strong ties to all levels of government, advising on some of the firm’s most recent high-level mandates. Alongside him, Mark Irion co-leads the public procurement practice and is the go-to for strategic communications in the firm. Former senator Norm Coleman is a key name for congressional investigations work. Energy and the financial services sectors are where Aaron Cutler is best known for. Michael Bell advises extensively on all aspects of political law compliance at all levels of government. Health lawyer and lobbyist Cybil Roehrenbeck  joined the team in March 2021, bringing with them an extensive history of advising on and influencing health policy and legislation. Counsel Ari Fridman is of note, specializing in national security and foreign policy matters.