A look into Hogan Lovells’ on-site counseling program

by Doug Chartier

Off in a corner of Hogan Lovells’ Denver office, there’s a small conference room reserved for Dr. Rob Rosenthal. During his weekly visits, attorneys and staff come talk to him about their concerns — and not just those related to work, but also their personal lives, from family or romantic relationship issues to bereavement.

Hogan Lovells initially contracted Rosenthal, a licensed psychologist, in September 2017 through its employee assistance program, shortened to EAP, to come in twice a month for a half-day each visit. His slots quickly filled up to the end of the year. The office then bumped up Rosenthal’s engagement to weekly visits to meet demand.

“It seemed like a lot of people wanted a counselor on site to talk to,” Rosenthal said. He added that more people in the office began setting appointments with him through word-of-mouth — it got around that he keeps discussions completely confidential and that he “gets” lawyers.

“I think the more that’s gotten out, the more the staff here know that, the attorneys here know that, the more comfortable they are about coming in and talking to me about whatever is on their mind,” Rosenthal said. Today the clinical psychologist is a familiar face at the Hogan Lovells Denver location of around 100 attorneys — something that would have been unheard of for any BigLaw office years ago.

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