Hunton & Williams
|Hunton & Williams LLP|
|No. of offices||19|
|No. of attorneys||more than 800|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Founded in 1901, Hunton & Williams LLP is a US law firm that employs more than 800 lawyers. The firm was founded in Richmond, Virginia and has 18 other offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
The firm was founded in 1901 in Richmond, Virginia by Henry W. Anderson, Eppa Hunton Jr., Beverley Munford, and Randolph Williams as Munford, Hunton, Williams & Anderson. It focused primarily on litigation, business and finance law.
The firm has changed names over the years; its seventh name, in 1976, was Hunton & Williams; it became Hunton & Williams LLP in 2003. The firm's most notable member, a name partner from 1954 until 1972, was Lewis F. Powell, Jr., who became a member of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971.
The firm's initial hire of a woman was Elizabeth Tompkins, the first woman graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, who worked as a summer clerk at Hunton & Williams in 1921 and 1922. In 1943, during the Second World War, two women lawyers were hired to work at Hunton & Williams: Sarah Geer Dale and Nan Ross McConnell. Dale's first case involved a labor-law issue for Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock. She left the firm in 1945 to get married and retired from the practice of law. McConnell stayed on until 1948, when she married.
Consistent with a firm that claims a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice as an alumnus, Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr., Hunton & Williams was the first law firm in the United States to open an office solely for the practice of law pro bono.
The managing partner, Walfrido J. "Wally" Martinez, has held that position since March 2006.
Awards for labor outsourcing and offshoring
In addition, the firm has over 40 lawyers regularly allocated to working for the outsourcing industry, utilizing resources from the network of 800 other lawyers in the firm and prides themselves as having "over the past two decades, our attorneys have executed hundreds of outsourcing transactions worldwide valued at billions of dollars." In acknowledgement of the law firms efforts, Hunton & Williams was listed by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) as one of the "2012 World's Best Outsourcing Advisors", who "navigate" and arrange the organization of those businesses overseas for clients.
In addition, the practice was ranked the #1 and #3 Outsourcing and Offshoring Legal Advisor in Brown & Wilson's Black Book of Outsourcing for the years 2008 and 2009.