Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP at a Glance


  • “Relatively relaxed atmosphere”
  • “Collegiality among associates”
  • “Attorneys’ breakfast on Tuesdays”


  • “Cheap”
  • “Unpredictable hours”
  • “Pro bono has died a quiet death”

The Buzz

  • “Family friendly”
  • “Focus on international”
  • “Fratty”
  • “Still on the way up”

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.


January 2015

Would You Like a Receipt?

In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that the antidumping order against lightweight thermal point-of-sale receipt paper from Germany, which had been in place since 2008, should be revoked following the agency's first sunset review. Winning revocation in these sunset reviews is very difficult, particularly in the first review when the order has been in place for only five years. The product at issue is the paper used for receipts in most retail store cash registers, bank ATMs and gas station pumps. Koehler is one of the largest suppliers worldwide.

March 2014

B(i)G Win

Hughes Hubbard helped British energy company BG Group win a big victory when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to give Argentina another chance to contest a $185-million-investment arbitration award. The rejection came eight months after the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to overturn a D.C. Circuit decision and reinstate the award for BG Group.


Going Viral

In 2014, Hughes Hubbard guided its clients through a range of complex deals, including two multibillion-dollar acquisitions for Merck & Co. In June, Hughes Hubbard advised longtime client Merck in its $3.85 billion acquisition of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of medicines for the treatment of human viral diseases, whose primary focus is on the development of next-generation oral antiviral therapeutics to treat Hepatitis C. In December, we served as lead counsel to Merck in its acquisition of antibiotics maker Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $9.5 billion, including the assumption of $1.1 billion in net debt.

Liquidation Sale - Everything Must Go

The firm represented the Trustee in the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history-the $120 billion liquidation of Lehman Brothers Inc. In January 2014, Hughes Hubbard won approval on two motions testing a developing area of bankruptcy law regarding subordination of claims concerning securities issued by LBI's former parent. In August, the firm set in motion a $4.6 billion planned distribution to unsecured general creditors, including former employees, pension funds, banks and investment firms with unsecured claims against LBI. The Trustee has returned $110 billion to customers and general creditors of LBI since it filed for bankruptcy nearly six years ago.

It's Showtime!

Hughes Hubbard lawyers handle some of the biggest deals and advise some of the most prominent names in the media and entertainment industries. Clients include Viacom Inc. and many of its divisions. The Madison Square Garden Company; Cablevision Systems Corp.; ASCAP; VEVO; Discovery Communications; NBC Universal; AMC; News Corporation; Sony Music Entertainment; and others. Among the matters our lawyers handled the past year in the media and entertainment sector include AMC's acquisition of a 49.1 percent stake in BBC America and assisting Sinclair Broadcast Group in securing antitrust clearance for its $985 million acquisition of eight television stations from Allbritton Communications Co., among many others.

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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 2015: 332

  • 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
    21 out of 22 (2014)

  • 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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