2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The caliber of work and clients is excellent.”
“The freedom I am afforded to set my own schedule."
“I enjoy the people that I work for and with.”
“Black-box associate evaluation and compensation model.”
“Billable-hours requirement at 2,000 is too high.”
“The unpredictable hours.”
About Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
The result of 2018’s largest merger, Hunton Andrews Kurth, pairs two firms—each with over a century of history—that had been growing by leaps and bounds in the past few years. Mid-Atlantic-based Hunton & Williams brought with it leading global practices in privacy and cybersecurity, energy, financial services, and real estate. Houston’s Andrews Kurth Kenyon had recently grown from a Lonestar State stalwart to an international firm renowned for its energy, environmental, IP, and privacy practices.
A Tale of Two Firms
Though founded more than 1,000 miles away, Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon were in many ways mirror images of one another. Eppa Hunton, Randolph Williams, and two others founded their firm in Richmond, VA, in 1901 and quickly attracted banks, railroads, energy companies, and utilities as clients. Just a year later, Frank Andrews and Thomas Ball founded a firm in Houston representing railroad bigwigs like Houston Belt, Terminal Railroad, and the Gulf Coast Lines. In its early days, Andrew’s firm was heavily involved in the city’s development, helping secure funding to build the Port of Houston and working with the Houston Land Corporation. John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil—which controlled some 90 percent of the country’s oil production—was a client of both firms until the Supreme Court ordered the company to be broken up in 1911.
Both legacy firms began expanding from their home bases in the second half of the 20th century. Today, Hunton Andrews Kurth boasts nearly 1,000 lawyers across 14 domestic and 5 international offices. The firm is particularly well-known in the south and is in the Top 20 of Vault’s Regional rankings for both Texas and the South Atlantic.
Hunton Andrews Kurth practices across dozens of areas, including banking and finance, bankruptcy/restructuring, corporate matters, energy, environmental law, health care and life sciences, insurance, IP, labor and employment, litigation, M&A, privacy, private equity, real estate, tax, and white collar defense, to name some.
The firm has a robust energy practice, handling everything from litigation to permits to project finance to M&A to regulatory matters to tax. The firm takes an interdisciplinary approach, with lawyers from the energy space collaborating with those in antitrust, bankruptcy, IP, labor and employee benefits, and real estate. The firm’s energy practice includes more than 400 attorneys.
Environmental law is another of the firm’s fortes. The firm’s bench boasts experience working at the EPA, DOJ, DOI, DOE, and other government roles. Among industries the firm covers include automobile, chemical, energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, real estate development, semiconductor, and steel. Hunton Andrews Kurth is ranked among the Top 10 in Vault’s Environmental Law Practice Area ranking.
While the coronavirus pandemic has caused some contraction in the legal industry generally, Hunton is keenly focused on recruiting top talent today because we recognize our firm’s future is dependent on the long-term success and sustainability of our recruiting efforts. We developed a highly customized summer associate experience during our inaugural virtual program. We were thoughtful about balancing real-world work and providing career and business development training opportunities with a shelf-life long after the summer ends. We are fortunate to have a number of our law clerks returning for the upcoming summer which will help us manage our class size this upcoming summer.
Why Work Here
Hunton Andrews Kurth at a Glance
Hunton Andrews Kurth is a preeminent international law firm formed when Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP combined in April 2018. Our nearly 1,000 lawyers serve clients from 19 offices across the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We work as “one firm” across all of our offices and offer exceptional work opportunities on a broad array of sophisticated legal matters. Our commitment to diversity is strong, and we recruit a variety of lawyers and staff from many cultures and backgrounds, appreciating the differences they bring to the firm. We are also committed to helping all of our lawyers achieve their potential while supporting each in integrating their work and personal lives.
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 955-1500
Managing Partner: Walfrido J. “Wally” Martinez
Hiring Partners: Alexis J. Gomez, Rudene Mercer Haynes, and Alan J. Marcuis
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $175,000-$190,000 (depending upon location)
Summer Associate: $3,400-$3,700/week (depending upon location)
Senior Manager of Lawyer Recruiting & Law School Initiatives
No. of U.S. Offices: 15
No. of International Offices: 5
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Tysons Client Center
The Woodlands, TX I Bangkok
Antitrust & Competition
Banking and Finance
Capital Markets & Securities
Energy and Infrastructure
Labor & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Privacy & Data Security
Real Estate Capital Markets and REITs
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.