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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

2020 Vault Rankings

At a Glance


“Friendly people.”

“Pro bono work.”

“Quality of work.”


“Uneven workflow.”

“Significantly below-market compensation.”

“Lack of transparency.”

About Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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 focuses. 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 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 niche litigation 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.


Hughes Hubbard associates pursue varied—and big-deal—pro bono efforts, and are committed to giving back to their communities. Some recent projects include: overturning the wrongful conviction of a woman framed for assault by a NYPD detective; negotiating a settlement for a civil rights claim against prison corrections officers; and securing debt relief for 60,000 low-income New Yorkers who fell prey to a fraudulent collection plot. The firm also works with various nonprofits in a pro bono capacity, including Her Justice, Immigration Equality, and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND).

News & Awards


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.

May 2019

Candace Beinecke received the prestigious 2019 Burton Award for “Law Firm Leadership in Law” at a gala ceremony held May 20 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The award honored Beinecke for her groundbreaking leadership of Hughes Hubbard. Beinecke, who joined Hughes Hubbard in 1970, became the first female chair of a major New York law firm in 1999.

March 2019

Hughes Hubbard negotiated a Game of Thrones (GoT) partnership deal between HBO and its client John Varvatos Enterprises Inc. to launch an exclusive fashion line inspired by the iconic styling of the award-winning show’s costumes. This collaboration is the only luxury fashion deal in official partnership with HBO for the final season of GoT. The groundbreaking 11-piece capsule collection marks the first time JVE has partnered with a TV series for a clothing collection.

January 2019

Hughes Hubbard helped the government of Denmark execute a major settlement as part of an ongoing effort to recover $2.1 billion stolen through an international tax fraud scheme involving U.S. individuals and pension plans.

  • Hughes Hubbard 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)
  • Hughes Hubbard partner James Giddens was appointed trustee for the $123 billion liquidation of Lehman Brothers, Inc., and Hughes Hubbard was selected as his counsel. In the following years, Hughes Hubbard returned $110 billion to customers and general creditors. (2008)
  • Hughes Hubbard represented Coopers & Lybrand in its historic merger with Price Waterhouse & Co., now PwC. (1998)
  • Hughes Hubbard successfully defended Ford Motor Company in the Pinto fuel tank cases, the first instance of a corporation being indicted on criminal charges, which culminated in the acquittal of the Ford Motor Company on the charge of negligent homicide. (1978)
  • Top 30 international arbitration firms in the world, 2016-2019 (Global Arbitration Review)
  • Gold Standard Certification, 2011-2018 (Women in Law Empowerment Forum)
  • M&A Advisor Turnaround Award, Cross-Border Restructuring Deal of the Year—2018
  • U.S. Appellate Firm of the Year, 2018 (Managing IP)
  • Pro Bono Publico Awards, 2018 (Legal Aid Society)
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 2019:
250 - 500

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

Summer Program

No. of Summer Associates:
10 total (All 2Ls) (2019)

Employment Contact

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

Major Office Locations

Jersey City, NJ
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC
Rio de Janeiro

Major Departments

Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations
Art Law
Banking & Financial Services
Corporate Restructuring
Employee Benefits
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
International Trade
Media, Technology & Commercial Transactions
Real Estate
Securities & Capital Markets
Trusts & Estates
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.