Hughes Hubbard & Reed
|Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP|
|Headquarters||New York, N.Y.|
|No. of offices||8 (2 international)|
|No. of attorneys||343 (2007)|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Key people||Candace Krugman Beinecke, Chair of the firm, Charles H. Scherer, Managing partner|
|Revenue||$258 million USD (2007)|
|Founder||Walter S. Carter|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
|Slogan||Critical matters. Critical thinking.|
Hughes Hubbard was recently ranked first among law firms designated the best in the United States by The American Lawyer in its July/August 2011 issue ("The A-List"). Hughes Hubbard has also been one of the country's leaders in promoting diversity in law firms. In 2006, Hughes Hubbard was ranked the nation's #1 law firm in diversity by Multicultural Law Magazine. The firm also has the highest percentage of female partners in the AmLaw 200.
Hughes Hubbard is a general-practice firm with 30 practice areas under its belt in both the litigation and corporate fields, though it is probably best known for its vast litigation experience and expertise, particularly in the areas of product liability, insurance coverage, white-collar defense and art law. Also renowned for its pro bono achievements, in 2006 Hughes Hubbard received the New York State Bar Association's President's Pro Bono Service Award, in the large law firm category.
- 1871 - In the wake of the Great Chicago Fire, Chicago-based lawyer Walter S. Carter had so many claims to prosecute involving insurers bankrupted by the fire that he moved his office to New York City. Faced with more business than he could personally handle, Carter tried hiring the most promising law students to help him and, in a departure from standard practice, paid these “associates” a salary. One of them was then-future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Charles Evans Hughes.
- 1884 - Upon graduating from Columbia Law School, Charles Evans Hughes joined the firm, then known as Chamberlain, Carter & Hornblower.
- 1888 - Hughes was made partner, and the firm's name was changed to Carter, Hughes & Cravath.
- 1906 - Hughes was elected Governor of New York.
- 1910 - After two terms as governor, Hughes was appointed to the Supreme Court by President William Howard Taft.
- 1916 - Hughes resigned from the Court to run for President against Woodrow Wilson. After he was narrowly defeated, Hughes rejoined his old partners and, with the exception of the time he served as Secretary of State under Presidents Harding and Coolidge, he remained a partner in the firm until 1930.
- 1929 - Charles Evans Hughes, Jr., also a partner in the firm, resigned to become United States Solicitor General.
- 1930 - Hughes was appointed Chief Justice of the United States. Upon his father's appointment, Charles Evans Hughes, Jr. resigned from his position as Solicitor General and rejoined the firm as a partner.
- 1937 - In June, the firm suddenly dissolved, due to what the media at the time reported was Charles Evans Hughes, Jr.'s desire to insulate his father from a political attack directed at one of Hughes, Jr.'s partners at the firm by Roosevelt's Secretary of the Treasury. On June 10, Hughes, Richards, Hubbard & Ewing opened its offices at One Wall Street, where it would remain for over 50 years.
- 1966 - Hughes Hubbard became one of the first American firms to open an office in Paris. The office was opened by Axel H. Baum, who currently still works there.
- 1968 - The firm became Hughes Hubbard & Reed
- 1972 - Hughes Hubbard opened offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, becoming the first New York law firm to open an office in L.A.
- 1980 - The firm began to aggressively build its practice capabilities, adding a number of lateral partners to bolster its banking and financial services practices in New York, and its real estate practice in Los Angeles. The firm simultaneously began organizing its Latin America and Pacific Basin practices.
- 1999 - Already recognized for its record of promoting women to positions of authority, the firm again broke ground by electing Candace Beinecke as Chair of the Firm, making her the first woman to lead a major New York City law firm.
- New York, New York (headquarters)
- Washington, D.C.
- Los Angeles, California
- Miami, Florida
- Jersey City, New Jersey
- Kansas City, Missouri
The firm specializes in the following areas of law:
- Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Art Law
- Capital Markets
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Reorganization
- Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
- Entertainment and Media Law
- Environmental Law
- Equipment Finance
- Financial Services
- French Corporate Employment
- French Labor and Employment
- Intellectual Property and Technology
- International Trade and Customs
- Joint Ventures and Other Strategic Alliances
- Labor and Employment Law
- Latin America
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Middle East and North Africa
- Native American
- Pacific Basin
- Patent Procurement
- Personal Affairs
- Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare
- Portfolio Dispositions and Related Matters
- Private Equity
- Product Liability and Toxic Torts
- Project Finance
- Qui Tam Defense
- Real estate
- White Collar Crime and Corporate Compliance
Notable People and Alumni/ae
- Ken Chen, Director of the Asian American Writers Workshop
- Renee Chenault-Fattah, Anchorwoman for WCAU news in Philadelphia
- Flavio Cumpiano, Staff Director and Counsel of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit in the U.S. Congress and former executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (2008–2009)
- George Davidson former President of the Legal Aid Society
- Charles Evans Hughes, Governor of New York (1907–1910), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1910–1916), United States Secretary of State (1921–1925) and Chief Justice of the United States (1930–1941)
- Charles Evans Hughes, Jr., United States Solicitor General (1929–1930)
- Amalya Lyle Kearse, Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1979–present)
- Oscar Ross Ewing, Vice-Chair of Democratic National Committee (1943–1945), delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York (1944 and 1948)
- Howard Matz, judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of California (1998–present)
- Abraham David Sofaer, federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then a legal adviser to the United States State Department, before joining firm 1990-1994. He is currently a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University
- Powell Pierpoint. General Counsel of the Army (1961-1963)
- James W. Treffinger, former County Executive of Essex County, New Jersey
- Tim Zagat, restaurant critic
- Firm history
- The A-List 2011: Hughes Hubbard & Reed, the New Leader
- Rucker, Patrick (3 November 2008). "Two law firms to help U.S. Treasury dole out aid". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- Law Firm Profile: Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP by Chambers and Partners
- Hughes Hubbard & Reed: Firm History via the Hughes Hubbard & Reed Web Site