Hunton & Williams LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Substantive work from day one”
  • “Very team-oriented”
  • “Work-life balance is valued”

Downers

  • “Bonus structure”
  • “Limited advancement opportunities”
  • “Work distribution can be uneven”

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 was founded 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 later, 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. In 1984, the firm opened its New York office, now the firm's third largest office with approximately 110 lawyers and also the home office of the firm's managing partner.  As the Cold War drew to a close, the firm 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. The firm greatly bolstered its Texas contingent in 2007 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 Dallas, 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 exceeded 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 eight 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 neighborhood-based 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 immigration advice.

IN THE NEWS

Ongoing
Securing the Cyber

Following Yahoo!'s 2014 security breach in which hackers took the names, passwords and other account data of over 1 billion users, Hunton is defending the company in multiple consumer class actions across several districts. Judge Lucy Koh consolidated numerous class action lawsuits for her review, with the firm poised to defend Yahoo! in all (In Re Yahoo! Data Breach Litigation, California Northern District Court). As the case-being called the largest data breach in the history of the Internet-progresses, Hunton is conducting a factual investigation, providing regulatory and litigation counsel, and preparing litigation coordination strategies for Yahoo! 

April 2017
Eating Out

Hunton advised Darden Restaurants, Inc. in its $500 million senior notes offering for the acquisition of Cheddar's Restaurant Holding Corp, which has over 163 locations in 23 states. Darden is a full-service restaurant company that owns and operates 1,545 restaurants through subsidiaries in the United States and Canada under the names Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Yard House, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze, and Eddie V's. Hunton represented Darden in its 2011 purchase of all the assets of the Eddie V's and Wildfish Grille seafood restaurants; and its $585 million acquisition of Yard House in 2012.

March 2017
One Night in Bangkok

Led by its Bangkok lawyers, Hunton advised Apollo Asia Sprint Holding Co. Ltd. as a lead investor in 7.8 billion Thai baht (approx. $218.9M) preferred shares issued by and as lead lender in 658 million Thai baht (approx. $18.5M) related senior loans made to subsidiaries of Pace Development Corporation Public Company Limited. Proceeds will be applied to construction and financing costs associated with the MahaNakhon mixed-use real estate project and other corporate purposes. The project includes Thailand's tallest tower and the nearby Cube, which will have luxury residences, a hotel, an observatory, and restaurants and retail stores.

Un Banco de Dos Banco

A cross-office, multidisciplinary team of Hunton & Williams lawyers advised global banking institution Banco de Sabadell, S.A. and its US subsidiary, Sabadell United Bank, a national banking association, in its $1.025 billion acquisition by Lafayette-based IBERIABANK Corporation (IBKC). Under the definitive agreement, IBKC will acquire Sabadell United Bank from Banco de Sabadell S.A. in a stock and cash transaction. Upon completion of the acquisition, Sabadell United Bank will be merged with and into IBERIABANK. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2017. Hunton has handled several acquisitions for Sabadell United Bank, a long-term client. 

September 2016
Appliance Action

Hunton and General Electric won a major victory in a putative class action when the court denied plaintiffs' request to file a renewed motion for class certification, closing the door on what would have been one of the largest consumer-product class actions ever (plaintiffs' expert valued damages at $11 billion). 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 court ruled that consumers didn't show that the microwave models were similar enough that classwide injunctive relief would be appropriate.

May 2016
Cash Money

A Hunton & Williams cross-office, multidisciplinary transaction team was legal counsel to Cash America International, Inc. (NYSE:CSH) in connection with its tax free, all-stock transaction definitive merger agreement under which Cash America and First Cash Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:FCFS) will combine in an international $2.4 billion "merger of equals." The combined company, to be named FirstCash, Inc., will have one of the largest retail pawn store footprints in Latin America and the United States, with almost 1,200 locations in the United States and more than 900 locations in Latin America. 

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Hunton & Williams LLP

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 955-1500

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Walfrido J. “Wally” Martinez
  • Hiring Partners: Kimberly C. MacLeod, Thomas Y. Hiner
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 740

  • Base Salary
    U.S. Offices
    1st year: $160,000 to $180,000 (depending upon location)
    Summer associate: $3,100 to $3,500/week (depending upon location)

  • Summer Associate Offers
    28 out of 30 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust & Competition • Banking and Finance • Commercial Litigation • Corporate • Capital Markets & Securities • Energy and Infrastructure • Environmental • Government Relations • Intellectual Property • Labor & Employment • Mergers & Acquisitions • Privacy & Data Security • Real Estate Capital Markets and REITs • 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