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 works. 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.


March 2014


Not Just Lumbering Along
Hughes Hubbard again obtained a complete victory for Canada in the latest battle of the ongoing dispute with the United States over alleged subsidies to Canadian softwood lumber exports. The ruling represented the second consecutive arbitration for Canada in which the firm achieved an absolute victory. The Economist has referred to the softwood lumber dispute as "the biggest trade battle on the planet."



February 2014


A Successful Sale
Hughes Hubbard represented long-time client Chindex International in its merger agreement for the sale to a buyer consortium consisting of an affiliate of TPG, an affiliate of Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) and the CEO of Chindex. Under the agreement, Chindex will become a private company.  The agreement was entered into after a bidding contest between the buyer consortium and another financial bidder.



November 2013


Accomplishing the Impossible
While advising on the $40 billion multifaceted and cross-border liquidation of MF Global Inc., the largest commodities broker liquidation ever, Hughes Hubbard's lawyers achieved a number of milestones on behalf of partner and MFGI Trustee, James W. Giddens. A U.S. Bankruptcy Judge approved a plan to repay the failed brokerage's former commodity customers in full. This marked the final hurdle toward achieving a 100 percent recovery for former customers of MF Global, an accomplishment the judge acknowledged was not thought possible at the start of the case. The firm was awarded The American Lawyer's first ever Inaugural Global Finance Deal of the Year: Private Restructuring award for representation of the trustee in the liquation.



September 2013


You can take that to the Bank
Hughes Hubbard secured a significant victory for client Lloyds Banking Group, the largest retail bank in the United Kingdom. The Second Circuit unanimously affirmed the district court's dismissal of all claims in a securities fraud class action against the bank and two of its former executives stemming from an acquisition during the height of the global financial crisis.



July and October 2013


Taking Pride in Pro Bono
Hughes Hubbard was ranked No. 1 by The American Lawyer for pro bono on the list A-List in July, and in October, seven Hughes Hubbard attorneys received the Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding services to the Legal Aid Society and its clients.



March 2013


LIBOR Leaders
Hughes Hubbard won dismissal of all antitrust and RICO claims concerning alleged LIBOR manipulation for Portigon AG (formerly WestLB) and limited the scope of the plaintiffs' remaining Commodity Exchange Act claims. As a result of the court's ruling, two of the three pending class actions were dismissed in their entirety, along with all pending individual actions.



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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

One Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY 10004-1482
Phone: (212) 837-6000
Fax: (212) 422-4726


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairperson: Candace K. Beinecke
  • Hiring Attorney: George A. Tsougarakis
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 350

  • Employment Contact
    Adrian B. Cockerill III
    Director of Legal Employment
    One Battery Park Plaza
    New York, New York 10004
    Phone: (212) 837-6131

    Recruiting contacts for all locations at

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $240,000
    7th year: $250,000
    8th year: $265,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    19 out of 20 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations
    Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Art Law
    Banking & Financial Services
    Class Actions
    Consumer Finance
    Corporate Governance
    Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy
    Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
    Environmental Law
    Equipment Finance
    Financial Services
    French Corporate Employment
    French Labor & Employment
    Intellectual Property
    International Intellectual Property Rights & Entertainment
    International Trade & Customs
    Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances
    Labor & Employment Law
    Latin America
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Native American
    New Media, Entertainment & Technology
    Pacific Basin
    Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
    Private Equity
    Product Liability & Toxic Torts
    Professional Liability
    Project Finance
    Qui Tam Defense
    Real Estate
    Securities & Capital Markets
    Securities Litigation
    Trusts & Estates
    White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance

Major Office Locations

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