Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP at a Glance


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About Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From its core litigation practice, Hughes Hubbard has spun off a number of niches and industry-specific practices. Now boasting a respected Capitol Hill presence and international offices, among other additions, the firm has diversified its practice scope and stretched its geographic reach since its founding more than 130 years ago.

Rising from the Ashes

Hughes Hubbard owes its existence to a disaster of grand scale: the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871. Firm founder Walter Carter made megabucks in insurance company litigation related to the fire, generating so much business that he relocated his practice to New York City, where he eventually took on a partner in former New York governor and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes.

Under Hughes' influence, the firm keyed in on litigation work, eschewing the conventional Wall Street focus on transactional work. In a case that put it on the map, the firm defended the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) in a 1930s antitrust suit brought by the United States government. The suit, which dragged on through the postwar years, became one of the most famous antitrust cases ever tried in American courts.

Mixing Art and Business

The vision that shaped its early days laid the foundation for the firm's current excellence in an array of litigation niche practices, from product liability to art law: Hughes Hubbard advises some of the world's most prominent institutions and contemporary artists in the latter practice, backing artists in such important matters as the successful First Amendment challenge of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

On the corporate side of things, the firm's litigators have also provided counsel to the likes of drug maker Merck, card-maker Hallmark, broadcaster CBS, and burger broiler Wendy's International, Inc. And in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the FDIC hired Hughes Hubbard for advice in connection with lawsuits stemming from its seizure of Washington Mutual and IndyMac.

Lean, but Diverse

Under the reign of chairwoman Candace Beinecke, who took over in 1999, Hughes Hubbard has remained relatively streamlined in an era where aggressive global expansion was, until recently, en vogue. For the majority of Beinecke's first decade at the helm, the firm's profits per partner rose steadily without the aid of a merger so ravenously pursued by so many of its BigLaw peers.

Beinecke's achievements haven't been lost on the pundits: The National Law Journal named her one of the 50 most influential female lawyers in America, while Crain's New York Business deemed her one of the 100 most influential businesswomen in New York City. Fittingly, Hughes Hubbard's efforts to diversify have flourished under the first female chair of a major New York law firm: the firm has topped a number of diversity rankings for its hiring of women and minorities. 


May 2017
Citizen Kane

Hughes Hubbard announced that Sean Kane joined the firm as Counsel in its International Trade Group. Kane was most recently Deputy Assistant Director for Policy in the Office of Foreign Assets Control in the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

High Flyers
For the fifth consecutive year, Hughes Hubbard served as counsel in a transaction named "Deal of the Year" by Airfinance Journal, the aviation industry's leading publication. HHR acted as adviser on a matter selected as 2016's "Capital Markets Deal of the Year." In the previous four years, the firm has been recognized for its role in 10 transactions named "Deal of the Year." The prestigious awards recognize "a selection of the best financings of last year by both region and financing structure."

April 2017
Liquidating Lehman
In a win for Hughes Hubbard's Lehman team, the bankruptcy court overseeing the liquidation of Lehman Brothers Inc. (LBI) disallowed $71 million of claims related to account transfers that were in progress when LBI entered liquidation. The Securities Investor Protection Corporation supported the trustee's position by filing a brief with the bankruptcy court. The firm's successful objection, which was litigated over the course of two years, erases $71 million of claims against the LBI estate.

March 2017
Arbitration "A" Game
For the second consecutive year, Hughes Hubbard has been recognized by Global Arbitration Review as one of the top 30 international arbitration firms in the world.Hughes Hubbard placed No. 21, up three spots from last year, in the elite "GAR 30," which appears in the 10th edition of GAR 100. The rankings were unveiled March 30, 2017 at the seventh annual GAR awards in Milan.

Facing the Supremes
In a culmination of Hughes Hubbard's representation of TC Heartland in what is widely regarded as the most significant patent case of the year, Hughes Hubbard Partner Jim Dabney argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27. Dabney asked the Supreme Court to overturn venue rules used by federal courts since 1990 when the Federal Circuit re-interpreted a high court precedent regarding a patent venue statute. Hughes Hubbard scored a decisive victory for TC Heartland in the Supreme Court; the Court's 8-0 decision restores patent venue protections which U.S. businesses had enjoyed for nearly a century between 1897 and 1990.

February 2017
Media Makeover
Hughes Hubbard represented the underwriting group in connection with Viacom Inc.'s $1.3 billion subordinated debt offering, perhaps the largest junior subordinated fixed-to-floating deal ever. In the transaction, which closed on Feb. 28, Viacom issued $650 million of 5.875 percent fixed-to-floating rate junior subordinated debentures due 2057, and $650 million of 6.250 percent fixed-to-floating rate junior subordinated debentures due 2057.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

One Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 837-6000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairperson: Candace K. Beinecke
  • Hiring Attorney: Marc A. Weinstein
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 326

  • Base Salary

    New York, NY
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,461/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    21 out of 21 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations • Antitrust & Competition • Appellate • Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution • Art Law • Aviation • Banking & Financial Services • Class Actions • Commercial Litigation • Construction • Consumer Finance • Corporate • Corporate Governance • Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy • Criminal Export Enforcement • Data Privacy & Cybersecurity • Defense Industry • Digital Trade: Cybersecurity, Encryption & Cloud Services • E-Discovery • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation • Employment & Unfair Competition • Environmental Law • Equipment Finance • French Corporate Employment • French Labor & Employment • Gaming • Hellenic • Insurance • Intellectual Property • International • International Trade & Customs • Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances • Latin America • Litigation • Mergers & Acquisitions • New Media, Entertainment & Technology • Not-for-Profit • Pacific Basin • Patents • Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare • Private Equity • Product Liability & Toxic Torts • Professional Liability • Project Finance • Qui Tam Defense • Real Estate • Securities & Capital Markets • Securities Enforcement • Securities Litigation • Tax • Treaty Arbitration • Trusts & Estates • White Collar & Regulatory Defense

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ) • Jersey City, NJ • Kansas City, MO • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • Washington, DC Paris • Rio de Janeiro • Tokyo