Hughes Hubbard & Reed
|Headquarters||New York, N.Y.|
|No. of offices||8 (2 international)|
|No. of attorneys||332|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Key people||Candace Krugman Beinecke, Chair of the firm, Theodore V.H. Mayer, Managing partner, Gerard Cruse, Chief operating officer|
|Revenue||$394 million USD (2015)|
|Founder||Charles Evans Hughes|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (a.k.a. "Hughes Hubbard," or "HHR"), is a New York City-based international law firm among those that The American Lawyer calls "the top firms among the Nation's legal elite."
The firm's history dates back to the late 19th century when it counted among its partners former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes.
Hughes Hubbard has also been one of the country's leaders in promoting diversity in law firms.
In 2016, the firm received the Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for the sixth consecutive year, one of only a dozen firms nationally to achieve a "six-peat" recertification. The firm also received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Hughes Hubbard has a number of practice areas in both the litigation and corporate fields, and is renowned for its pro bono achievements. The firm and a number of individual lawyers received the 2015 Pro Bono Publico Awards for providing exceptional legal services to the Legal Aid Society and its clients. Hughes Hubbard also received two "Commitment to Justice" awards from Her Justice (formerly inMotion) for its extraordinary pro bono service.
- 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.
- 1888 - Four years after joining the firm, then known as Chamberlain, Carter & Hornblower, Hughes was made partner, and the firm's name was changed to Carter, Hughes & Cravath.
- 1910 - After two terms as governor of New York, 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 Supreme Court. 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.
- In the 1960s, Hughes Hubbard started representing Coopers & Lybrand, culminating in its multibillion-dollar merger with Price Waterhouse. Other clients who have remained with the firm over multiple decades include Merck, BMI, Continental Airlines (now United) and Viacom.
- 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.
- In the 1970s, Hughes Hubbard defended Bristol Myers in a famous antitrust case and Ford Motor Company in the Pinto fuel tank cases, which was the start of the firm's product liability practice.
- 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.
- In the 1990s, Hughes Hubbard represented musician Bob Marley's widow against 11 people who alleged they were Marley's children and sought recovery from his substantial estate.
- 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.
- 2007 - Hughes Hubbard led the drafting of a historic $4.85 billion global settlement program to resolve over 99.9 percent of eligible Vioxx claims against Merck alleging heart attacks, ischemic strokes and sudden cardiac death.
- 2008 - Hughes Hubbard partner James Giddens was appointed trustee for the $123 billion liquidation of Lehman Brothers, Inc., the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, and Hughes Hubbard was selected as his counsel. In the following years, Hughes Hubbard returned $110 billion to customers and general creditors.
- 2011 - Hughes Hubbard partner James Giddens was appointed trustee for the liquidation of MF Global, the eighth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, and Hughes Hubbard was selected as his counsel. In the following years, Hughes Hubbard distributed $8.1 billion and achieved a full recovery for former customers and secured creditors and a 95 percent recovery for unsecured creditors.
- 2012 - Hughes Hubbard opened an office in Kansas City to enhance the firm's U.S. litigation practice with additional experienced advocates, including trial counsel.
- 2014 - Hughes Hubbard served as lead counsel to Merck in its acquisition of antibiotics maker Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $9.5 billion.
- 2015 - Hughes Hubbard represented Merck in a $3.85 billion deal to buy Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company developing drugs to cure hepatitis C.
Notable People and Alumni/ae
- Ken Chen, Director of the Asian American Writers Workshop
- 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)
- 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
- "About Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)". www.wilef.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
- Law Firm Profile: Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP by Chambers and Partners
- Hughes Hubbard & Reed: Firm History via the Hughes Hubbard & Reed Web Site