2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Opportunity to work alongside winners”
“Lack of staff or other resources available at larger firms”
“Uneven distribution of opportunity”
About Hueston Hennigan LLP
With more than 50 lawyers in Southern California, Hueston Hennigan is a litigation boutique that has made a name for itself as one of the go-to trial firms in the country. The firm prides itself in handling high-stakes litigation with an eye toward trial from the start. Business giants like Elon Musk, Sumner Redstone, and Bill Koch call on the firm for counsel.
It Only Took 24 Hours
In January 2015, John Hueston and Brian Hennigan broke off from Irell & Manella to form Hueston Hennigan LLP, bringing along a few of the firm’s previous partners, as well as partners from similar competitive firms. Within 24 hours, the firm had grown to more than 30 attorneys. Since then, Hueston Hennigan has rapidly established itself as a top litigation boutique.
Nestled among Vault’s Top 10 Litigation Boutiques, Hueston Hennigan is a standout when it comes to trial work. The firm has received accolades from the likes of Law 360, Benchmark Litigation, and National Law Journal, among others, and for good reason. Hueston Hennigan handles important litigation for such high-profile clients as Amazon, Tesla, Deloitte, Edison International, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Disney, SpaceX, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Monster Energy, the Navajo Nation, and Whole Foods.
Its litigators work across nearly 20 practice areas, including antitrust, appellate, commercial litigation, consumer fraud, class actions, health care, securities, trade secrets, and white collar, to name a handful. Hueston Hennigan’s approach to its work is markedly different from many of the law firms that sit across the table from it—something the firm describes as “disruptive strategies.” At Hueston Hennigan, every case is treated as though it will go to trial, and according to the firm, its lawyers are trained to think like outside general counsels as they approach each matter. The firm works both as plaintiffs’ counsel—achieving settlements in the billions—and as defendants’ counsel, advising everyone from Fortune 500 companies to individuals.
There’s no need to dust off the resumes at Hueston Hennigan—their lawyers’ resumes shine. The firm recruits from top law schools and attracts a high number of clerks. Nearly 70 percent of the associates at Hueston Hennigan have clerked for judges at federal district courts, courts of appeals, or the highest courts of several states. And when it comes to trial experience, the firm has the goods—its lawyers have collectively participated in 175 trials to date.
News & Awards
Hueston Hennigan won a motion for preliminary injunction for ClearOne Inc. in a patent infringement suit, enjoining a large, multinational competitor’s manufacture, marketing, and sale of a competing, infringing product.
Hueston Hennigan won a complete defense verdict for the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) after a four-week jury trial in a $65 million whistleblower case. The firm obtained a unanimous jury verdict in a wrongful termination suit by a research scientist claiming retaliation in academia and in business ventures after allegedly exposing misuse of government funds.
The firm obtained a unanimous opinion at the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of Nutraceutical. The Court adopted the firm's arguments that the Rule 23(f) deadline to file an interlocutory appeal of a class-certification decision, and all other mandatory claim-processing rules, are unsusceptible to equitable exceptions. This preserves Hueston Hennigan's victory at the lower court, where the firm obtained decertification of the putative plaintiff class.
On the eve of trial in California, media mogul Sumner Redstone’s former companion Manuela Herzer agreed to pay back $3.25 million to Redstone, ending more than three years of litigation in various courts across the country. Herzer was seeking to be reinstated to Redstone’s estate plan in an amount greater than $50 million.
523 West 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Phone: (213) 788-4340
Chairman and Managing Partner: Brian J. Hennigan
Recruiting Chair: Moez L. Kaba
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
50 - 100
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd Year: $220,000
4th Year: $255,000
5th Year: $280,000
6th Year: $305,000
7th Year: $325,000
8th Year: $340,000
No. of U.S. Offices: 0
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
Newport Beach, CA
Class Action Defense
False Claims Act and Whistleblower Defense
Financial Industry & Securities
First Amendment and Constitutional Challenges
Professional Liability Defense
White Collar Defense and Investigations