Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP at a Glance


  • “High-quality work on high-profile cases”
  • “Camaraderie with colleagues”
  • “Work-life balance encouraged”


  • “Lack of partnership opportunities”
  • “Very limited mentorship”
  • “Lack of minorities”

The Buzz

  • “Big in DC”
  • “Great for products liability”
  • “Layoffs”
  • “Snobby”

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. 

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairperson: Candace K. Beinecke
  • Hiring Attorney: George A. Tsougarakis
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 338

  • 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 (2015)

  • 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
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