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At a Glance


“Quality and sophistication of work.”

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“Lack of transparency.”

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).

COVID-19 Update

We continue to interview lateral candidates at all levels via videoconferencing and have been successful in hiring and onboarding new hires remotely. The OCI programs at most schools have been moved from Fall 2020 to early-winter 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


August 2020

Hughes Hubbard is serving as legal counsel to CF Finance Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company backed by New York investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald, in a merger with GCM Grosvenor that will take the Chicago asset manager public.

May 2020

Hughes Hubbard advised Paris-based minerals company Imerys SA in the negotiation of an agreement to resolve three of its indirect subsidiaries' historic talc-related liabilities in the U.S.

April 2020

Hughes Hubbard provided legal counsel to the underwriting group in a $2.5 billion public debt offering by ViacomCBS Inc. The newly merged company offered $1.25 billion in 4.75 percent senior notes due 2025 and $1.25 billion in 4.9 percent senior notes due 2031.

June 2019

Hughes Hubbard helped score a significant win for Merck & Co. when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a judge, rather than a jury, must determine whether federal regulators would have allowed the warnings that plaintiffs claim should have been included in labels for the osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

  • HHR successfully petitioned for TC Heartland before the Supreme Court of the United States in response to a patent infringement case brought forward by Kraft Food. (2017)
  • HHR partner James Giddens was appointed trustee for the liquidation of Lehman Brothers Inc. and MF Global Inc., the largest and eighth largest bankruptcies in history. The firm achieved 100 percent recoveries for customers and distributed billions to creditors. (2008 and 2013)
  • HHR represented Merck as national counsel in the VIOXX Multidistrict Litigation where Merck won 11 of 16 suits at trial before negotiating a historic $4.85 billion settlement resolving all claims. (2007)
  • Named to the A-List for 14 years—The American Lawyer
  • Gold Standard Certification, 2011-2020—Women in Law Empowerment Forum
  • Top 30 international arbitration firms in the world, 2016-2019—Global Arbitration Review
  • Pro Bono Publico Awards, 2013, 2015-2019—Legal Aid Society
  • Handled transactions named Deal of the Year, 2011 – 2019—Airfinance Journal
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

One Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 837-6000

Firm Stats

Chairperson: Theodore V. H. Mayer
Hiring Attorney: Marc A. Weinstein
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2020:

Base Salary

New York, NY
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $210,000
4th year: $235,000
5th year: $260,000
6th year: $280,000
7th year: $300,000
8th year: $315,000
Summer associate: $3,653/week

Employment Contact

New York
Adrian B. Cockerill III
Director of Legal Employment
(212) 837-6131
See firm website for more information.

No. of U.S. Offices: 5

No. of International Offices: 3

Major Office Locations

Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC I Paris
Rio de Janeiro *In cooperation with Saud Advogados

Major Departments

Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations
Art Law
Banking & Financial Services
Corporate Restructuring
Employee Benefits
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
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.