2022 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The work is sophisticated and interesting.”
“Commitment to pro bono.”
“Lawyers are good people; friendly environment.”
“Lack of transparency.”
“Below-market compensation and lack of perks.”
About Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Founded more than 130 years ago, Hughes Hubbard has a strong New York presence and a wide geographic reach from coast to coast and also internationally. The firm is home to 40 wide-ranging practice across the firm’s four core services: 1. corporate, tax, and private client; 2. finance, restructuring, and bankruptcy; 3. intellectual property; and 4. litigation, arbitration, and investigations.
The Fabulous Four
Hughes Hubbard dates back to 1884 when Charles Evan Hughes joined the firm Chamberlain, Carter & Hornblower. In just four short years, Hughes became name partner. He went on to have a successful political career—including stints as the Governor of New York, as Secretary of State under two presidents and as Chief Justice of the U.S. But he stayed connected to the firm—returning several times—and was joined along the way by Allen Hubbard in 1917, Frances Reed in 1928, and his own son Charles Hughes, Jr. in 1929. The firm dissolved and reformed in 1937 to become Hughes, Richards, Hubbard & Ewing and in 1968, took its current name: Hughes Hubbard & Reed.
A+ Client List
Hughes Hubbard has a long history of litigation excellence, including in arbitration, corporate reorganization, product liability, antitrust, anti-corruption and intellectual property. Hughes Hubbard advises some of the world’s most prominent institutions, including drugmaker Merck, aerospace giant Airbus, Paris-based minerals company Imerys SA, and Goldman Sachs.
On the corporate side, the firm’s work includes mergers & acquisitions, aviation finance, media and entertainment, and Latin American transactions. The firm provides counsel to the likes of Grab, Southeast Asia's leading super app, magazine publisher Condé Nast, Madison Square Garden Company, United Airlines, and JPMorgan.
The firm also represents various sovereign governments in a wide range of complex matters, including multimillion-dollar bond sales for the Republic of Paraguay; energy project finance transactions for Ivory Coast and litigation for Denmark in its efforts to recover $2.1 billion stolen through an international tax fraud scheme.
Hughes Hubbard associates pursue varied—and significant—pro bono efforts and are committed to giving back to their communities. Some recent matters include winning asylum for clients facing persecution in their native countries; helping parents reunite with their children who were separated at the border after securing their release from immigration detention on bond; and paving the way for several unaccompanied minors to receive green cards. The firm also works with various nonprofits in a pro bono capacity, including Her Justice, Immigration Equality, and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND).
We continue to interview lateral candidates at all levels via videoconferencing and have been successful in hiring and onboarding new hires remotely. We have postponed our 2020 Fall hiring program until Fall 2021. While we are hopeful these interviews will be able to take place on-campus and in-person, we are confident that we are prepared to conduct the interviews remotely via videoconference.
News & Awards
- As of July 2021, HHR is acting as legal adviser to special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Isos Acquisition Corp. in its proposed merger with Bowlero Corp. to take the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers public. On July 1, the companies announced the deal, which values the combined entity at approximately $2.6 billion.
- As of April 2021, the firm is acting as legal advisor to Grab Holdings Inc. in its proposed merger at $40 billion pro-forma valuation with Altimeter Growth Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), that will take Southeast Asia’s leading super app public in what is expected to be the largest SPAC merger ever.
- In March 2021, the firm won an acquittal for Edouard Balladur before the Court of Justice of the Republic in the former French prime minister’s trial over allegations that he financed his 1995 presidential campaign with illegal kickbacks from international arms deals.
- No. 2 among BigLaw firms for U.S. pro bono commitment, marking the fifth time in six years ranked in the top five firms and with a new best score, 2020—The American Lawyer
- Deal of the Year for representation of United Airlines in its $3 billion public offering of enhanced equipment trust certificates, 2021—Airfinance Journal
One Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 837-6000
Chairperson: Theodore V. H. Mayer
Hiring Attorney: Marc A. Weinstein
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $205,000
2nd year: $215,000
3rd year: $225,000
4th year: $235,000
5th year: $260,000
6th year: $280,000
7th year: $300,000
8th year: $315,000
Summer Associate: $3,942/week
Adrian B. Cockerill III
Director of Legal Employment
Recruiting contacts for all locations at hugheshubbard.com/careers
No. of U.S. Offices: 5
No. of International Offices: 3
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC I Paris
Rio de Janeiro *In cooperation with Saud Advogados
Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations
Banking & Financial Services
Media, Technology & Commercial Transactions
Private Client Services
Sanctions, Export Controls & Anti‑Money Laundering
Securities & Capital Markets
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.