Hunton & Williams LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Nationally newsworthy work”
  • “Amazing group of law librarians”
  • “Bright and compassionate attorneys”

Downers

  • “Tiny salary increases”
  • “Opaque decision-making”
  • “Cheap on benefits”

The Buzz

  • “Sophisticated southerners”
  • “Great pharma IP practice”
  • “Too white shoe”
  • “Regulatory”

About Hunton & Williams LLP

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 totals hours, and for the past five years, 100 percent of its US lawyers has participated in pro bono work. 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

March 2015

Power to the People

Hunton & Williams LLP advised the underwriters in the sale of $550,000,000 Alabama Power Company Series 2015A 3.750% Senior Notes, due March 1, 2045. Alabama Power provides electricity supply and service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama. It is the second largest of four U.S. utilities operated by Southern Company, one of the nation's largest producers of electricity.

It's Electric!

Hunton & Williams LLP advised underwriters on an SEC-registered offering by Southwestern Electric Power Company of $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2045. SWEPCo is a subsidiary of American Electric Power Company, Inc., a public utility holding company. SWEPCo is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electric power to approximately 528,000 retail customers in northeastern and panhandle of Texas, northwestern Louisiana and western Arkansas and in supplying and marketing electric power at wholesale to other electric utility companies, municipalities, rural electric cooperatives and other market participants.

February 2015

Goodbye Abandoned Warehouse, Hello New Offices

Savanna and joint venture partners Hornig Capital Partners and Chelsea Village Associates have acquired the former Schlitz Brewery in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. Savanna was represented by the real estate practice group of Hunton & Williams LLP in the $33.7 million purchase of the 170,000-square-foot warehouse building at 95 Evergreen Avenue. The new ownership plans an extensive capital improvement program to convert the industrial building into office and retail space.

December 2014

Time to Settle Up

U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson granted final approval of a $297 million settlement between plaintiffs in a multidistrict class action and defendant U.S. Foodservice, Inc. and its former Dutch parent company, Koninklijke Ahold, N.V. This agreement is believed to be one of the largest civil RICO class action settlements in recent history and was reached on behalf of a class of customers, primarily hospitals, restaurant operators, universities and other food service providers, who purchased products from U.S. Foodservice under cost-plus arrangements between 1998 and 2005. The class claimed that it was defrauded by U.S. Foodservice when it created six companies that it controlled to inflate the "cost component" of the products that were subject to the arrangement.

All Aboard for LNG

Hunton & Williams LLP successfully represented Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) and a group of commercial banks on a $4.369 billion senior secured project debt finance, letter of credit and working capital facilities to finance the construction and operation of Train 1 of a multi-train natural gas liquefaction and export facilities project to be located on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas. The proposed three-train LNG production and export terminal facilities, which are an expansion of Freeport LNG's existing LNG import terminal and regasification facility, are designed to provide an LNG export capacity of approximately 13.2 mmtpa (million metric tonnes per annum).

November 2014

Lighting Up the Big Apple

Hunton & Williams LLP advised joint book-running managers on an SEC-registered offering by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. of $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of debentures due 2024 and 2054. CECONY, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., provides electric service in all of New York City (except a part of Queens) and most of Westchester County, an approximately 660 square mile service area with a population of more than nine million. CECONY also provides gas service in Manhattan, the Bronx and parts of Queens and Westchester County, and steam service in parts of Manhattan.

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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 2015: 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; 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; Miami, FL; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC
    1st year:  $160,000
    Summer associate:  $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    25 out of 25 (2014)

  • 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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