2019 Vault Rankings
“Super interesting work”
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“The hours can be uneven”
“Unpredictability of when an assignment will be thrown at me.”
From its core litigation practice, Hughes Hubbard has spun off a number of niches and industry–specific practices. Now boasting a respected Capitol Hill presence and international offices, among other additions, the firm has diversified its practice scope and stretched its geographic reach since its founding more than 130 years ago.
Rising from the Ashes
Hughes Hubbard owes its existence to a disaster of grand scale: The Great Fire of Chicago in 1871. Firm founder Walter Carter made megabucks in insurance company litigation related to the fire, generating so much business that he relocated his practice to New York City, where he eventually took on a partner in future New York governor, Supreme Court Chief Justice, and Secretary of State, Charles Evans Hughes. Hughes’ son was also a partner in the firm and briefly the U.S Solicitor General; he went back to the firm when his father was confirmed to the high court.
Under Hughes’ influence, the firm keyed in on litigation work, eschewing the conventional Wall Street focus on transactional work. In a case that put it on the map, the firm defended the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) in a 1930s antitrust suit brought by the United States government. The suit, which dragged on through the postwar years, became one of the most famous antitrust cases ever tried in American courts.
Mixing Art and Business
The vision that shaped its early days laid the foundation for the firm’s current excellence in an array of litigation niche practices, from product liability to art law: Hughes Hubbard advises some of the world’s most prominent institutions and contemporary artists in the latter practice, backing artists in such important matters as the successful First Amendment challenge of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.
On the corporate side of things, the firm’s litigators have also provided counsel to the likes of drug maker Merck, card-maker Hallmark, broadcaster CBS, and burger broiler Wendy’s International, Inc. And in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the FDIC hired Hughes Hubbard for advice in connection with lawsuits stemming from its seizure of Washington Mutual and IndyMac.
IN THE NEWS
Hughes Hubbard's Lehman team prevailed in an appeal of a bankruptcy court ruling that disallowed approximately $117 million of general creditor claims related to account transfers in progress when Lehman Brothers Inc. (LBI) entered liquidation in September 2008.
Hughes Hubbard is serving as U.S. counsel to UK retailer JD Sports Fashion in its $558 million acquisition of Finish Line. The British sporting goods company announced on March 26 that it agreed to buy the Indianapolis-based retailer in a move to expand its presence in the world’s largest sportswear market.
The firm acted as legal advisor to global information technology company Wipro in its acquisition of a minority stake in San Antonio-based cybersecurity firm Denim Group. The deal marks the second investment this year that HHR advised Wipro. In January, Wipro acquired a minority stake in Texas-based marketing services company Harte Hanks.
Hughes Hubbard led a U.S. shipbuilder to a major arbitration victory against Venezuela's Defense Ministry when a tribunal awarded their client approximately $129 million in a contract dispute over the repair and refurbishment of two frigates owned by the Venezuelan navy.
Hughes Hubbard's IP Group was named an "Intellectual Property Group of the Year" by Law 360. The publication highlighted HHR's unanimous Supreme Court win for TC Heartland against Kraft Foods, a decision which upended almost 30 years of practice and changed the patent litigation map. The Group also received multiple honors from Managing IP's 2018 Americas IP Awards in March when HHR was named U.S. Appellate Firm of the Year, and Jim Dabney was named Outstanding Appellate Practitioner and Outstanding Litigator: NY category. Both Dabney and HHR were also recognized by The Benchmark Litigation 2018 US Awards on Feb. 15, with Dabney named IP Attorney of the Year.
Hughes Hubbard acted as legal advisor to the initial purchaser group for a $900 million private debt offering by CBS Corp. CBS offered $400 million of 2.9 percent senior notes due 2023 and $500 million of 3.7 percent senior notes due 2028. CBS intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to redeem the entire outstanding $500 million principal amount of 5.75 percent senior notes, which mature on April 15, 2020. The remaining net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. The initial purchaser group included Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Mizuho Securities (USA), LLC and RBS Capital Markets, LLC.
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New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 837-6000
Employer Type: Private
Chairperson: Theodore V. H. Mayer
Hiring Attorney: Marc A. Weinstein
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 280
New York, NY
1st year: $180,000
2nd year: $190,000
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: $3,461/week
17 out of 18 (2Ls) (2017)
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