Highlights Hunton & Williams LLP
Hunton & Williams at a Glance
We are a U.S. law firm with a significant international presence. More than 1000 Hunton & Williams lawyers work from 19 offices in leading cities around the world. Our client base spans 100 countries and ranges from entrepreneurs to Fortune 10 corporations to global biotech innovators. We offer exceptional work opportunities on a broad array of sophisticated legal matters. Our commitment to diversity is strong and we recruit a variety of lawyers and staff from many cultures and backgrounds, appreciating the differences they bring to the firm. We also help all of our lawyers achieve to their potential while supporting each in maintaining a positive work-life balance.
We understand that the needs and aspirations of each individual are unique. If you relish challenge, opportunity for professional growth, and the mutual respect that flows from collaboration with first-rate minds, you should consider us. Working with us means working with leaders who not only strive for outstanding results, but also strive to be compassionate lawyers committed to living the firm's core values of integrity and collegiality.
Hunton & Williams At Work
We provide excellent service to our U.S. and international clients in more than 100 practice areas and 16 industry areas, including those highlighted below. For a complete listing of our practice and industry areas, please visit http://www.hunton.com.
Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
The capital markets attorneys at Hunton & Williams have broad experience representing corporations, partnerships and financial institutions in all aspects of capital markets transactions, including public and private offerings of debt and equity securities in foreign and domestic markets. In particular, the firm boasts significant capital markets practices in the areas of asset securitization, structured finance and real estate capital markets, representing issuers, underwriters, financial institutions, REITs, investment banks, insurers and other participants in a wide range of capital markets transactions, including securitization and complex derivative transactions. The firm also advises clients in all aspects of domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions, including contested and negotiated acquisitions, tender offers, proxy rights, takeover defenses, leveraged buyouts, corporate spin-offs, holding company formations, corporate auctions, mergers of equals, ongoing private transactions and strategic acquisition and divestiture programs.
Hunton & Williams represents energy industry clients throughout the world. The firm's clients comprise major utilities, private equity funds and financial institutions, independent power producers, trading companies, ISOs, RTOs, as well as domestic and foreign government agencies. Attorneys in the firm's energy practice advise on a wide range of matters, including project finance and development, energy asset acquisition and dispositions, equity investments, regulatory, legislative, and privatization. The firm's attorneys also advise major industry participants on a significant number of renewable energy transactions and climate change matters, including assisting such companies with their AIM listings.
Hunton & Williams' environmental practice is among the oldest and largest in the nation. Its attorneys have helped clients navigate every major federal environmental statute, and those of most states and international jurisdictions. The team advises a range of industries on innovative response to environmental compliance, represents companies in litigation and administrative proceedings, and ensures that clients have a voice in shaping policy.
Labor & Employment
Hunton & Williams' labor and employment practice covers the entire spectrum of labor and employment litigation, arbitration, administrative practice before the NLRB, EEOC and the Labor Department, federal contract compliance, wage-house standards, Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, workers compensation, and client counseling under federal and state labor and employment laws.
Labor & Employment
Hunton & Williams' labor and employment practice covers the entire spectrum of labor and employment litigation, arbitration, administrative practice before the NLRB, EEOC and the Labor Department, federal contract compliance, wage-house standards, Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, workers' compensation, and client counseling under federal and state labor and employment laws.
Hunton & Williams' litigation team is recognized as one of the premier litigation groups in the country. Its more than 300 attorneys handle litigation in virtually every area of law including antitrust, appellate, business crimes defense, corporate governance/mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and patent litigation, international arbitration/dispute resolution, product liability, securities and corporate governance, toxic tort and workouts/creditors rights.
Hunton & Williams has a significant international presence with offices in London, Brussels, Beijing, Singapore and Bangkok. As the firms U.S. clients pursue international opportunities, they appreciate the support of locally experienced lawyers who know the legal and business practices of their region. International clients include leading U.S. and foreign corporations, governments and governmental entities, financial institutions, commercial and investment banks, multilateral and bilateral lending and guarantee agencies. Main areas of practice include energy, project finance, project development and privatization, mergers & acquisitions, cross-border leasing, and competition and trade.
Our offices at Hunton & Williams LLP are filled with a diverse group of lawyers who are intelligent, committed to our clients, and leaders within the firm and the community. Educated at top schools in the United States and abroad, they have gained valuable training and experience working on challenging and important cases and transactions throughout the United States and around the world. In addition to their commitment to providing excellent legal services, they also are committed to living our most important core values -- integrity and collegiality.
We are convinced that inclusiveness improves the quality of our firm, enriches the experience of all our lawyers and staff, and makes Hunton & Williams a better place. We recruit lawyers and staff from a broad array of backgrounds and cultures and value the differences they bring to the firm. To find out more about diversity at Hunton & Williams, click here.
"I chose Hunton & Williams because of its strong tradition as a leader in the legal community. With 7.5 percent of our partnership representing minority groups, we are well ahead of our peers in creating a diverse legal community." -- Robert Grey, Richmond Partner, and former ABA President, 2004-2005.
"Since beginning practice at Hunton & Williams almost 30 years ago, I have been given great assignments, have worked with outstanding people and have had numerous chances to succeed and to lead. Recently, someone told me that I am a good role model for younger women attorneys at the firm. After getting past the surprise at finding myself old enough to be a role model, I concluded that if I am a good role model, that is largely because of how much support and encouragement I have always been given here. Other firms may say that they afford such opportunities to women, but my experience confirms that it's more than just talk at Hunton & Williams." -- Andrea Bear Field, Office Managing Partner, Washington, DC
"Hunton & Williams' deep commitment to diversity in the workplace, and in the legal profession, was a great attraction to me when choosing this firm. It is real, and it comes from the top down!" -- Keila Ravelo, Partner, New York
Our Commitment to Pro Bono
Our partnership agreement at Hunton & Williams says it all in its first two sentences: "The practice of the law is a service to society. While an aid to business, it is concerned also with the public welfare." We believe in a lawyer's obligation to ensure that everyone, regardless of his or her ability to pay, has access to quality legal services. To that end, we encourage all our attorneys to donate at least 40 hours of pro bono service each year, and we allow billable hour credit for up to 50 hours of pro bono work. In 1993, we accepted the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Challenge to contribute at least three percent of the firm's total billable hours to pro bono causes, and have met or exceeded the challenge every year since its inception. In addition, we give the E. Randolph Williams award (named after one of the firm's founders) to every lawyer who donates more than 100 hours annually to pro bono clients. Last year, 117 lawyers, including key firm leaders, received this award. To find out more about pro bono at Hunton & Williams, click here.
"Pro bono work is more than doing a good deed. It is the foundation of our societal guarantee of equal rights under the law for all people, without regard to social or financial status. It is fundamental to our role as citizens and as citizen-lawyers." -- Wally Martinez, Firm Managing Partner
"I volunteer at St. Luke's House, a nonprofit, psychiatric, rehabilitation-residence program based in Bethesda, Maryland. When the organization named me Volunteer of the Year in November, 2005, I felt that Hunton & Williams shared in the award. Both financially and through manpower (for example, providing volunteers to help build furniture for the group homes and serving as outside pro-bono general counsel), the firm has embraced this and other causes that are really important to me." -- Francine Friedman, Associate, Washington, DC
Our Life Inside the Firm
We work hard at Hunton & Williams LLP to make our lives both rewarding and enjoyable. We give our associates a great deal of responsibility early in their careers. Even the newest associates work directly with clients and participate in all aspects of transactions and cases alongside partners, counsel and senior associates. Our attorneys have access to the latest technology and support from a talented staff of paralegals, professional assistants, reference and business development professionals. We match our new associates with senior associate "coaches" answer questions and assist in adjusting to life at Hunton & Williams LLP. And, an Associate Advisory Committee is in place in every office to serve as a resource to all our associates.
"From almost my first day at Hunton & Williams, I have worked directly with firm partners and assumed significant responsibilities for the cases assigned to me. There is no better way to learn how to practice law. The firm also has allowed me to develop a sophisticated practice that extends nationally and internationally. For example, I am currently actively engaged in litigating federal and state cases and advising firm clients with colleagues in California, New York, North Carolina, Miami, and even Beijing, China."-- Robert Van Arnam, Associate, Raleigh
"I can't tell you what a benefit it is to have an experienced attorney at the firm to call on whenever I have questions. It is especially nice to have a senior associate down the hall who is willing, not only to listen to my questions and concerns, but also to provide advice and answers whenever possible." -- Lisa Spreitzer, Associate, Atlanta
Our Life Outside the Firm
Our lawyers are "citizen lawyers." At Hunton & Williams, we believe it is our obligation to give back to the communities in which we live and work, and we encourage our attorneys to volunteer their services to charitable, religious, civic and community organizations. We also know the importance of a good balance between work and family life, and provide a number of programs to support a family-friendly environment. These programs include reduced-hour work arrangements, leave policies and emergency back-up child and elder care. In addition, we encourage our attorneys to engage in outside social pursuits and hobbies, because a lawyer who regularly takes part in activities he or she enjoys is a happier person and a better lawyer.
"Community service, which has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics of Virginia and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, has allowed me to give back to the community and to gain exposure to interesting and diverse people who have different views from my own. There is a whole world out there that does not revolve around the practice of law."-- Sharon Goodwyn, Counsel, Norfolk
"This is truly a life-saver for my family: When my regular caregiver is sick, I use the Bright Horizons back-up system. I can come to work knowing that my children are well taken care of and safe. And, 20 days of care at no cost is a hard deal to beat!" -- Julie Peters, Associate, Washington
"Softball, as well as spending time with family and friends, and other social pursuits, keeps me feeling refreshed, happy and ready to tackle demanding work obligations. Being a lawyer is an enjoyable, intellectual and creative outlet in ways that sports and other activities are not. However, having both professional and personal athletic commitments keeps me extra-sharp and content." -- Stacey Rose, Associate, McLean