Hunton & Williams LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Early opportunity to take on substantive work”
  • “Respect for associates”
  • “Work-life balance”

Downers

  • “The opacity of the performance review process”
  • “Unevenly distributed hours”
  • “Lack of feedback and mentoring”

The Buzz

  • “Family friendly”
  • “Great appellate practice”
  • “Good at a lot, but never great”

About Hunton & Williams LLP

After remaining regional 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. Twenty-two 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 in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

After merging with Texas power (and longtime ally) Worsham Forsythe Wooldridge in 2002, the firm ventured west, acquiring Los Angeles litigation outfit O'Donnell & Mortimerin 2006 to establish a California presence. Also in 2006, 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).

Since 2007, the firm has seen significant growth in its New York and DC offices, with the addition of lawyers and practices in the corporate, energy, environmental and real estate practices. Hunton & Williams has one of the leading global practices in Privacy and Cybersecurity and recently expanded its Public Finance, P3, and infrastructure practice.

Today, Hunton & Williams lawyers serve a diverse client base from 19 offices across the globe. The firm has significant industry experience in energy, financial services, real estate, and retail/consumer products across the spectrum of transactional, regulatory, and litigation services.

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 at least three percent of the firm's total hours, and for the past seven years, 100 percent of its US lawyers has participated in pro bono work. Proving that pro bono is more than an afterthought, Hunton & Williams has two offices-called neighborhood offices-dedicated to pro bono services. Its neighborhood office in Richmond provides 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 2016
Helping Out Where Things Heat Up

Hunton & Williams is representing General Electric in a putative class action and won a major victory when the court denied the plaintiffs' motion to certify a class. The plaintiffs originally sought certification of a nationwide class comprising all owners of GE-branded microwave ovens manufactured since 2000, plus statewide classes in California, Michigan, and Ohio. The proposed class originally included approximately 54 million microwave ovens, which the plaintiffs claimed were all defective and justifying of a full refund despite an extraordinarily low reported rate of problems. The plaintiffs' expert valued their damages at up to $11 billion.

Jamaica, Mon

Hunton & Williams scored a victory for Diageo when the Chief Judge of the Southern District of California granted the firm's client's motion, in Dumas v. Diageo-Guinness USA Inc., and dismissed all of the plaintiffs' causes of action, which alleged that Red Stripe Lager's "Jamaican-style" references on its labels and packaging misled consumers into believing that Red Stripe is brewed and bottled in Jamaica when it is actually brewed in the United States, in violations of UCL, FAL, and CLRA. The court accepted Diageo's arguments that no reasonable consumer could be misled or deceived by the Red Stripe labels or packaging.

Seeing In a New Way

Hunton & Williams launched a cross-practice 3D printing team to advise clients as they explore this revolutionary technology. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is being adopted by manufacturers in many industries, including aviation, energy, medical, prosthetic, and transportation, and is becoming integrated into the production process. Drawing on the talents of a multidisciplinary group of lawyers, the firm is poised to advise on the new legal issues arising in 3D printing in intellectual property, product liability, compliance, regulatory, insurance, tax, and other areas.

February 2016
Things Are Flowing

With its most important Clean Water Act rulemaking in decades-the "waters of the United States" rule-the federal government asserted authority over nearly all water found on land in the USA. The Clean Water Rule was immediately challenged by 31 states and most industry sectors, including a key Hunton & Williams client. Last fall, the Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay of the controversial rule pending judicial review. On February 22, the same Sixth Circuit panel that issued the stay issued a fractured decision holding that it has exclusive jurisdiction to decide the challenges to the rule. Meanwhile, the nationwide stay of the rule remains in effect.

December 2015
Aiding in the Syrian Refugee Crisis

After visiting the Greek island of Lesbos for vacation, Hunton & Williams partner Adam Rosser was unexpectedly caught up in rescue efforts for Syrian refugees, who were arriving by the hundreds every day in life rafts and rickety rowboats on the beach. Rosser felt that he could not turn his back on the refugee crisis after witnessing the suffering firsthand and the many children affected. In mid-November, Rosser returned to Greece for another three weeks to help the refugees through a nonprofit that he founded with two other volunteers called Sea of Solidarity (SOS), which raises and directs funds for food, shelter, and clothing.

June 2015
Representing Petitioners Before the Supremes

In its Michigan v. EPA decision, the Supreme Court found that EPA improperly promulgated its 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule for power plants by not analyzing how much it would cost to comply with and implement the Rule before deciding whether to take regulatory action. The EPA had argued it only had to consider costs in crafting the Rule's specific requirements rather than in deciding whether to adopt any regulation at all, but a majority of the Supreme Court didn't buy that argument, holding that EPA's position was unreasonable. Hunton & Williams represented industry petitioners at oral arguments.

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Hunton & Williams LLP

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 955-1500

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Wally Martinez
  • Hiring Partners: Kimberly MacLeod, Thomas Hiner
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 719

  • Employment Contact
    Becky Chavez
    Manager of Entry Level Lawyer Recruiting & Development
    (804) 787-8165
    bchavez@hunton.com

  • Base Salary
    U.S Offices
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    34 out of 35(2Ls) (2015)

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

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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