Hunton & Williams LLP

Hunton & Williams LLP Company Profile

After remaining DC-centric through most of the 20th century, Hunton & Williams ventured beyond the mid-Atlantic in a major way as the new millennium dawned, expanding in geography and roster size through mergers and internal growth.

A Standard Beginning, A Transcontinental Present

The firm now known as Hunton & Williams came to life in Richmond, Virginia in 1901. Before the decade's end, the firm had stocked its client roster with banks, railroads, energy companies and utilities, including John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil (which Hunton & Williams continued to represent until the U.S. Supreme Court forced the company's breakup). Twenty years thereafter, partner Henry Anderson accepted an invitation to join President Harding's White House and remained there through the tenures of presidents Coolidge and Hoover, using his stature to accumulate great influence in the railroad industry by the 1930s. Partner Edmund Preston also kept busy building up the firm's labor law reputation, and by the 1950s, Hunton & Williams boasted full-fledged labor, tax and litigation practices. In 1967, shortly after the firm opened its second office in DC, partner Lewis Powell Jr. joined the Supreme Court. Thirty years later, as the Cold War drew to a close, the firm finally planted its flag on foreign soil with an office in Brussels, and by the end of the millennium, nearly 700 attorneys filled 15 offices on 3 continents.

After merging with Texas power (and longtime ally) Worsham Forsythe Wooldridge in 2002, the firm ventured west, acquiring Los Angeles litigation outfit O'Donnell & Mortimer to establish a California presence. Four years thereafter, Hunton &Williams made Walfrido Martinez its first Latino managing partner while luring metals manufacturer Alcoa away from longtime counsel LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene, & MacRae. And on April Fools' Day 2007, the firm greatly bolstered its Texas contingent when it absorbed nearly 200 former employees from collapsing Dallas firm Jenkens & Gilchrist. Hunton & Williams subsequently moved its pre-existing Dallas corps into J&G's old Fountain Place digs and created a branch that now focuses on considerably more than energy law (TXU Corp. had been the firm's centerpiece client in D-Town, brought over in the Worsham Forsythe acquisition).

The firm has also become a powerhouse in the digital privacy arena, regularly winning the Computerworld "Best Privacy Advisor" award, which is voted on by business leaders.

A Neighborhood Firm

Despite the demanding workload of creating an international legal powerhouse, Hunton & Williams also finds time to give back. Since the mid-1990s, the firm has met and beat the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Challenge of making pro bono work 3 percent of the firm's total hours. Proving that pro bono is more than an after-thought, Hunton & Williams has three offices-called neighborhood offices-dedicated to pro bono services. Its neighborhood offices in Richmond and Atlanta provide counsel in areas like housing and family law; the firm charges a small fee but gives that money to charity. Through its Charlottesville neighborhood office, Hunton & Williams works with UVA Law students to offer free domestic violence and asylum advice.

IN THE NEWS

April 2014

Putting Family First
For the third year in a row, Yale Law Women included Hunton & Williams among their "Top 10 Family Friendly Law Firms." The annual listing honors firms for their leadership in developing and implementing family friendly policies and practices. In addition to being named a Top Ten Firm, Hunton & Williams received special honors for utilization of its flexible work and parental leave benefits. Additional benefits that helped the firm qualify for this important list include its generous vacation leave policy; subsidized concierge and emergency child and elder care services; and strong mentoring, pro bono and diversity programs. The firm also has been listed as one of Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyer's 50 Best Law Firms for Women for five of the six years that the listing has been published.

March 2014

Generic Drug Progress
In 2013, Pfizer sued Hunton & Williams client Teva Pharmaceuticals for patent infringement on its arthritis drug Celebrex-the same day it received an 18-month extension from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before the suit, generic drug company had filed abbreviated new drug applications with the FDA to market celecoxib, the active ingredient in Celebrex. A Virginia federal judge invalidated a Pfizer reissue patent that covered methods for administering Celebrex. The judge said the patent was invalid under a doctrine that prohibits obtaining a new patent with claims not patentability distinct from previous patent claims.

Developing America's Cities

Hunton & Williams represented New York-based luxury residential development firm Sumaida + Khurana in a $21 million deal to acquire a site at 152 Elizabeth Street in New York City. Sumaida + Khurana have also announced plans to develop the site into an approximately 32,000-square-foot, iconic, ultra luxury condominium building. Featuring eight units, the building will be located at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Street. The developers have commissioned world-renowned Japanese master architect Tadao Ando to design the project.

January 2014

Environmental Law Experts
For the fourth year in a row, Hunton & Williams was designated a Law360 Environmental Group of the Year. The firm has participated in a number of precedent-setting cases, including two before the United States Supreme Court regarding the review of the Obama Administration's sweeping expansion of EPA's authority concerning greenhouse gas emissions and the examination of the "good neighbor" portion of the Clean Air Act regulations surrounding emissions in upwind states that contribute to air quality problems in downwind states.

December 2014

Big Banking Mergers in Latin America
Hunton & Williams advised Sabadell, a subsidiary of global banking institution Banco Sabadell, in its agreement to acquire JGB Bank of Miami, Florida through its U.S. domestic bank, Sabadell United Bank. Sabadell United Bank will maintain 31 locations, over 40,000 clients and $8 billion in business volume. Additionally, the firm advised Sabadell in its acquisition of the assets and liabilities that comprise Lloyds Bank's private banking business based in Miami for mostly Latin American clients. The branch currently manages $5 billion of dollars in international business.

November 2013

The REIT Stuff
Hunton & Williams represented CapLease, Inc. in its $2.2 billion sale to real estate investment trust American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. The merger is part of a significant acquisition strategy for American Realty Capital Properties, making the combined company among the largest net lease REITs in the country.

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Hunton & Williams LLP


2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 955-1500
Fax: (202) 778-2201
www.hunton.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Walfrido "Wally" Martinez
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 765

  • Employment Contact

    Becky Chavez
    Manager of Entry Level Lawyer Recruiting & Development
    Phone: (804) 787-8165
    Fax: (804) 343-4620
    E-mail: bchavez@hunton.com


  • Base Salary

    Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Miami, FL; Norfolk, VA; Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA
    1st year:  $145,000
    Summer associate: $2,800/week

    Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; McLean, VA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC
    1st year:  $160,000
    Summer associate:  $3,080/week


  • Summer Associate Offers

    24 out of 26 (2013)


  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust & Competition
    Banking and Finance
    Commercial Litigation
    Capital Markets & Securities
    Energy and Infrastructure
    Environmental
    Food & Drug
    Government Relations
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Privacy & Data Security Antitrust & Competition
    Banking and Finance
    Commercial Litigation
    Capital Markets & Securities
    Energy and Infrastructure
    Environmental
    Food & Drug
    Government Relations
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Privacy & Data Security

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • McLean, VA
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Richmond, VA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Bangkok
  • Beijing
  • Brussels
  • London
  • Tokyo
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