Firm Profile > Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP > New York, United States
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP Offices
ONE BATTERY PARK PLAZA
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10004-1482
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsHughes Hubbard & Reed LLP maintains a busy arbitration practice covering international commercial- and investment treaty arbitration, acting for foreign sovereigns, US and foreign companies, and financial institutions. The team has also developed a reputation in disputes involving a political element. The practice group has an extensive footprint across Washington DC, New York, and Miami. The wider arbitration group is jointly led by New York-based Hagit Muriel Elul and John Townsend in Washington DC. Also in DC is James Boykin, who chairs the investment treaty arbitration practice. The Miami-based team was strengthened by the arrival of Luis O’Naghten, who joined from Baker McKenzie LLP in February 2019; a fluent Spanish speaker, O’Naghten is especially experienced in handling disputes involving Latin America. Clients have also singled out New York-based Daniel Weiner for art-related disputes. Sector strengths in the wider team include financial services, mining, energy, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and real estate. John Fellas left the firm in December 2020.
‘Daniel Weiner is exceptionally knowledgeable about the art business, which is essential in art disputes. He has a calm and collaborative manner.‘
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings
Global Gaming Philippines / GGAM Netherlands B.V.
Hardy Oil and Gas
The Pellas Group / SER Corporation
Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2
The ‘legal skills, attention to details, responsiveness and experience’ at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is ‘invaluable’. Indeed, the firm has experience handling high profile products disputes in this space, the opioid litigation being just one recent example of the firm's involvement in headline-grabbing disputes. The team is co-led by Diane Lifton, who is known for high stakes cases in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, as well as toxic torts and asbestos exposure; Robb Patryk, recognized for his experience of trials and overall case strategy; and James Fitzpatrick, who combines ‘legal advice seasoned with excellent understanding of PR issues’ with 'cutting edge abilities on the scientific aspects’. Also recommended is Charles Cohen, a ‘responsive, productive and constructive’ litigator who acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, primarily in the area of life sciences. All named lawyers are based in New York.
‘Hughes, Hubbard & Reed is the place to go in case of complex product liability claims’
‘They have a vast experience not only from a local point of view, but also as regards how PL claims are in other jurisdictions, so providing a substantial added value to any clients willing to have the best possible strategy, and the best possible tactics, from a consistent point of view’
‘Charlie Cohen is a superb lawyer. Talented litigator, he is also a subtle and astute negotiator, able to achieve the best goals in every situation. He encompass the ability to know when to fight, with the ability to see when to avoid the fight, managing claimants’ expectations and detecting balance in every possible out of court settlement’
‘Exceptionally close client relationships’
‘Unusual level of expertise about product liability litigation around the world, not only in the US’
‘Jim Fitzpatrick makes complex scientific evidence understandable’
‘Steve Luger is the most detail-oriented drafter I have encountered’
‘This team stands out on the market as it has enormous experience, develops innovative strategies and is fun to work with’
‘Jim Fitzpatrick is a world-class rock star: charismatic, energetic and extremely smart. His presentation skills make him hypnotise the audience and make it feel being in the best hands at the same time’
‘Charles Cohen’s strategic thinking and dedication make his client relationships last for many years’
‘Clients are impressed by the quality of the work, grasp of legal issues and sense of business impact of litigaton issues’
‘I highly regard the firm’s capabilities and performance, as the firm has built a mosaic of capabilities in a wide range of activities that is designed to offer a multinational client a wall to wall service’
‘The firm is particularly well equipped in coordinating cross border litigation, particularly defending effectively class actions’
‘It fully deserves its reputation as a top notch litigation team’
‘Their ability to staff the case with as many capable team members as necessary, enables processing high volume of work and drafting excellent comprehensive documents, in a very short turnaround’
‘They provide highest standard of legal analysis, but on the same time practical advice’
‘They justify their reputation as one of US’s leading international law firms in litigation’
‘Charles Cohen and James Fitzpatrick are both extremely capable and reputable in coordinating cross border litigation, namely pharmaceutical litigation. Their familiarity with the challenges and how best to cope with them is second to none. Both are extremely knowledgeable on many foreign jurisdictions and are truly instrumental in applying US clients’ strategy and needs overseas’
‘HHR is probably #1 choice when it comes to cross border coordination for US clients. They know best this job and what it takes to cause a local external lawyer performs exactly as the client expects him, despite the distance and difference of cultures’
New York Blood Center
Merck & Co.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is experienced across a range of portfolio and investment deals, public and private financing transactions, and restructurings. The team is perhaps best known however for its expertise in ABS and EETC transactions, a recent example of which its advice to Air Lease Corporation on a $527m asset-backed securitization that launched the company’s Thunderbolt III platform. That deal was led by Steven Chung, who jointly chairs the practice in Washington DC alongside John Hoyns, who has over 35 years of experience in the aviation industry, providing support on a huge variety of financing and acquisition deals, as well as in bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Other key figures include Miami-based Mark Denham, who focuses on international lending, and Andrew Fowler in New York, an expert in aircraft portfolio securitizations, equity offerings, commercial lending, and structured financings. Jonathan Goldstein joined the New York office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP in January 2019.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has built a solid practice defending individuals, along with corporates, in the financial services and banking industries during government investigations and at trial, in addition to proceedings before the SEC, CFTC and other financial regulators. The group is also well-versed in cases involving accounting fraud and FCPA violations as well as violations of US sanctions. Marc Weinstein leads the group from the New York office and has significant experience in individual representations, at trial and in appellate proceedings. Also in New York, senior counsel Edward Little regularly handles internal investigations for corporates and financial institutions. In Washington DC, Laura Perkins focuses on FCPA, securities and FCA matters, while Ryan Fayhee is an expert in sanctions, export controls and AML.
‘The team is lightning fast and provides strategic advice that reflects the legal position but also the practical and commercial position of the client’s position.’
‘Individuals facing criminal investigation require special care and attention. In addition to the usual strategic issues, they also need personal and sympathetic handling from lawyers who bring a strong degree of reassurance and calm counsel. The HHR team provides that in droves.‘
‘Marc Weinstein is an excellent and thoughtful strategist and a real pleasure to work with.’
‘Marc Weinstein is an excellent lawyer and has consistently done a terrific job for individuals in white-collar investigations and enforcement. He has special expertise in CFTC-related matters.’
Juan Angel Napout (FIFA)
‘A team that is instantly recognizable on the market‘
Government of Canada
Solar Energy Industries Association
Ad Hoc Coalition of Cabinet Importers
Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers
Government of Indonesia
Daido Steel Co./ Aichi Steel Corp/ Sanyo Special Steel Co.
Export Development Canada
Fabuwood Cabinetry Corp.
NCI Building Systems, Inc.
Electrolux North America, Inc.
Government of Mexico
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP acts for domestic and international corporates, boards of directors and investment funds in significant M&A, financing transactions and large-scale commercial agreements. The M&A group is chaired by Avner Bengera, an experienced M&A and private equity lawyer, with the language skills to support a prolific internationally oriented practice. Deputy chair of the firm and chairman of the corporate group Kenneth Lefkowitz is noted for his expertise in hostile takeovers, proxy fights and takeover defense. Also recommended is Michael Traube, who has experience in a variety of public and private M&A, proxy contests, joint ventures and strategic investments. James Modlin left the firm for an in-house role at EY. All listed partners are based in New York.
Madison Square Garden
Greenbriar Equity (GB Auto Service)
Pure Power Technologies
Sony Music Entertainment
Wafra Capital Partners
United Family Healthcare (CEO)
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's shareholder activism practice represents activist investors in high-profile campaigns. The name to note in this area is Gary Simon in New York, who heads the firm's securities and capital markets group, and has experience of a range of public company matters, including proxy contests and control battles.
Antitrust > Cartel Tier 4
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is retained by domestic and multinational corporations alike to assist with criminal investigations alleging a wide array of antitrust issues such as price-fixing and market rigging. The Washington DC-based William Kolasky spearheads the department, with cartel investigations making up a significant part of his practice. Also located in the capital, Robert Bell provides advice on an extensive portfolio including competitor collaborations and vertical distribution agreements. Marc Weinstein in New York is especially active in assisting clients from the financial services industry. In April 2019, the Washington DC office welcomed Philip Giordano from Arnold & Porter to the antitrust group.
‘Specialist team with former regulators. Collaborative and great to work on international matters.’
‘The team is well versed in antitrust law and understands our business.’
‘Philip Giordano and Robert Bell are both great antitrust specialists and fantastic at collaborating with international counsel to provide strategic advice to clients.’
‘Robert Bell is very practical, knowledgeable and prompt.’
‘This team was extremely responsive and able to coordinate the workflow in different jurisdictions.’
‘Philip Giordano is highly committed and hands-on.’
Antitrust > Merger control Tier 4
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP advises on all aspects of antitrust law with a particular focus on merger control work. Core areas of the department's client portfolio include pharmaceuticals, electronics, media and entertainment industries. William Kolasky leads the team out of Washington DC, where all following lawyers are based. His personal practice revolves largely around joint ventures, licensing and distribution arrangements. Taking the lead in numerous matters, Robert Bell's work recently focused on pharmaceuticals and mining transactions. The practice received a significant boost in April 2019, when Philip Giordano joined the team from Arnold & Porter to strengthen the firm's offerings for technology and financial services clients.
Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has a ‘group of talented, experienced lawyers who genuinely love working together'. The firm is known for its defense and management of national product liability matters, mass disaster cases and toxic tort litigation. As well as being active in tobacco cases, the practice is at the forefront of the developing field of e-cigarette litigation and regulation. Clients range from pharmaceutical and tobacco companies, to manufacturers of railway, power generation equipment and dietary supplements. The team is co-led from New York by Diane Lifton, who acts for pharmaceutical and medical device industries in toxic torts, asbestos exposure and tobacco cases; Robb Patryk, who is handling multiple class actions for clients in the chemicals industry; and James Fitzpatrick, who focuses on domestic and international pharmaceutical and product liability litigation.
‘The practice of Hughes Hubbard in this area is deep’
‘Robb Patryk is very experienced in this type of litigation and he is supported by high quality colleagues. He is very smart, experienced, thoughtful, dedicated and responsive’
‘They are at their best – as a team, drawing on each other’s skills and ensuring that you get the best advice and service possible’
‘You never have to doubt if you have the right person working on your file, because they are always telling you who that person is’
‘HHR has had a major role to play in dozens of significant products/mass tort industry matters’
‘They know the players, they know the law, and they can immediately help assess your case’
‘HHR doesn’t try to have lawyers in every practice, but where they do, they are top-notch, and the products/mass tort practice is among the best’
‘Bill Beausoleil: Outstanding client partner who has good instincts, deep experience, and is a master at leveraging the best of his colleagues to support the client’s needs’
‘George Tsougarakis: Practical, smart, and internationally-savvy litigator who will not overwork your matter but can give you important advice in an efficient manner’
‘Charlie Cohen: A discovery wizard. Charlie has high standards for discovery practice, but when you’re dealing with the plaintiffs’ tort bar, his standard is the one you need to avoid shenanigans’
Imerys Talc America
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
LG Electronics Mobilecomm USA, Inc.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has more than 40 years' experience in the securities litigation market, during which it has defended public and private companies, directors and officers, underwriters and many other outside professionals. The firm has in-depth knowledge of the accounting sector, having frequently represented major accounting firms. It has represented all of the Big Four accounting firms, in litigation, arbitration, SEC, PCAOB, and state accountancy board investigations, proceedings and regulatory matters. Kevin Abikoff in Washington DC and, in New York, William Maguire and Marc Weinstein are co-chairs of the practice. Weinstein also leads the white-collar group, while Maguire's 30 years at the firm have seen him take on complex securities, business and commercial litigation and trial work. Abikoff also leds the anti-corruption and internal investigations practice group.
The corporate reorganization and bankruptcy practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York is able to operate in various settings and high-profile matters - be it litigatory, cross-border, Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 work. Extremely significant cases for the team involve French mining company Imerys (of which practice head Christopher Kiplok is in charge) and Sears Canada (led by Dustin Smith).
Other key lawyers:
‘They are a no-nonsense group that gets right to the core of the issues and proposes how to deal with them. Once the decision is made, they exercise the strategy efficiently and smartly’
Hyundai Corporation USA
Candriam Worldwide Alternative (f/k/a Dexia)
Paxion Capital Partners
At Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, the media practice is engaged by a wide variety of clients across the sector to advise on transactional matters, with recent instructions coming from clients in the fashion, TV, live events, and film production industries, as well as social media, music, and digital publishing. The practice is led by New York-based Matthew Syrkin, who brings a long history of in-house experience to the table alongside his strong track record in transactional work. He recently assisted MGM studios-owned premium cable network EPIX in relation to partnerships and distribution deals deigned to give the network a presence in over-the-top content delivery. A notable highlight for the practice is its recent instructions in the field of art, having recently acted for Patrick Drahi in his $3.7bn take-private acquisition of Sotheby's auction house.
Other key lawyers:
‘Really strong capabilities to take on extraordinarily complex deals. An extreme pleasure to work with at all turns. Hughes Hubbard Reed has a very solid understanding of market positions as well as tailored strategies for addressing perceived roadblocks. ‘
‘Matt Syrkin provides excellent advice – very thorough, but also practical at the same time. I think his in-house experience helps make him a more effective counsel than other partners in the same space who never practiced in house. His knowledge of technology in the entertainment field is unparalleled. He also understands issues from an international perspective, which is very important these days.‘
The Madison Square Garden Company
MGM Studios Inc.
Dave & Eggsy, Ltd.
John Varvatos Enterprises, Inc.
The Madison Square Garden Company
Sony Music Entertainment
Tax > International tax Tier 4
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's tax group regularly handles multinational financing and securities transactions, M&A and asset deals, joint ventures, and corporate reorganizations, acting for a client roster containing some of the world's most prominent financial institutions and corporates. The team also has expertise in ABS and aviation finance and leasing, recent examples of which have included practice head Andrew Braiterman handling high-value deals for Air Lease Corporation and United Airlines. The team is based in the firm's New York office.
BidFair USA/Patrick Drahi
Air Lease Corporation
Madison Square Garden Company
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Deutsche Gironzentrale Standard Chartered Bank
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Greenbriar Equity Group
Nevada Gold & Casinos
Pure Power Technologies
Mizuho Securities USA
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP advises on a wide variety of corporate tax matters, including those relating to M&A, joint ventures, reorganizations and the offshore investment funds. The team also has unique strength in aviation finance, where it handles the tax elements of ABS and complex leasing deals. Department head Andrew Braiterman has expertise in the taxation of hedge funds and private equity funds, as well as in the taxation of financial products. Similarly, counsel Alan Kravitz focuses on the tax aspects of structured finance. Spencer Harrison leads the firm's executive benefits and executive compensation practice, where another name to note is counsel Erin DeCecchis. All those listed are based in New York.
BidFair USA/Patrick Drahi
Air Lease Corporation
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Standard Chartered Bank
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Greenbriar Equity Group
Nevada Gold & Casinos
Mizuho Securities USA
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is recognised by clients for levels of 'transparency, dedication, confidence and commitment' when handling investment treaty and commercial arbitration matters. With the Miami-based Luis O’Naghten and Nicolas Swerdloff as its main players, the team is currently acting for Hydrika 1-6 SAC against the Republic of Peru regarding an alleged breach of concession agreements for six hydroelectric plants. Also of note is the ongoing representation of Grupo Pellas / SER Corporation in $200m dispute proceedings against the Republic of Panama and concerning the expropriation and destruction of an ethanol plant investment. Washington DC-based John Townsend co-chairs the practice along with New York-based duo John Fellas and Hagit Muriel Elul, while Diego Durán de la Vega joined the Washington DC office from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in the summer of 2019.
‘We are very happy with the team of Hughes Hubbard & Reed and I consider that they have been very detailed throughout our arbitration case. They know a lot about international arbitration, have always been direct with their position and recommendations, as well as sincere regarding the weaknesses and strengths of the case unlike other law firms that are always conservative with their opinions.‘
‘The team made up of Andrea Ruiz, Ernesto Fuentes Garcia and led by Dr Luis O’Naghten, has demonstrated a responsible attitude towards the case, with transparency, dedication, confidence and commitment.‘
Grupo Pellas /SER Corp
Republic of Paraguay
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP > Firm Profile
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is a New York-based international law firm, founded in 1888 by the renowned jurist and statesman Charles Evans Hughes. The firm consistently earns top rankings for its pro bono work and for diversity. It was the first major New York firm to make an African-American woman a partner and to be chaired by a woman.
Main areas of practice
Anti-corruption and internal investigations: conducting investigations in more than 60 countries and six continents over the past two years, Hughes Hubbard lawyers have served as corporate compliance counsel; served as government decision-makers responsible for bringing civil and criminal enforcement actions; served as the first World Bank integrity compliance officer; and represented parties involved in criminal and administrative enforcement actions.
Antitrust and competition: counseling clients on all aspects of antitrust law, including in cartel-related criminal grand jury investigations, class action litigation, and representing parties before government enforcement agencies (both US and EU) in conduct-related investigations, the firm provides antitrust advice to clients in connection with M&A and compliance issues including on pricing, distribution, and standard-setting and other IP-related issues.
Aviation: representing leading airlines, investment banks, leasing companies, hedge funds, and other financial institutions in both domestic and cross-border transactions, the firm possesses a deep understanding of all manner of aviation finance structures and has been involved in many ‘first-in-kind’ transactions.
Corporate reorganization and bankruptcy: representing clients in judicial and out-of-court restructurings, insolvency matters and related litigation, the breadth of the practice is reflected in the significant matters on which the group has advised, including the bankruptcy liquidations of Lehman Brothers Inc. and MF Global Inc., the largest and eighth-largest bankruptcies respectively in US history, and its landmark victories before the UK Supreme Court.
Corporate: Hughes Hubbard has a strong M&A practice that represents public and private companies in stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, including the full range of public company matters such as hostile takeovers and proxy fights. Lawyers in the M&A practice also represent special committees of boards of directors in connection with exploration of strategic alternatives and review of going private and related party transactions. The firm’s private client services group helps clients manage their wealth with comprehensive and convenient solutions. The team provides personalized and sophisticated advice on, among other things, business succession planning, charitable planning and foundations, estate planning/trust and estate administration, and fiduciary litigation. Hughes Hubbard’s Private Funds practice represents institutional investors in all stages of their business, including fund formation, domestic and cross-border structuring, compliance program development and day-to-day trading and operations advice. The team also represents corporate boards and executives on various complex matters, including responses to government examinations and investigations, investor litigation and fiduciary and auditor independence issues.
Intellectual property: providing global experience in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark and related competition law matters, Hughes Hubbard’s intellectual property practice has successfully argued patent and trademark cases in numerous federal courts including the US Supreme Court, the US ITC, and the US PTO.
International arbitration: recognized globally by the world’s leading legal publications, the firm’s arbitration lawyers often become involved with clients well before a dispute has arisen, working to draft appropriate arbitration or mediation clauses for contracts. Once a dispute arises, the lawyers act as advocates and as arbitrators in commercial and investment treaty arbitration and other dispute resolution proceedings throughout the world.
International trade: advising on matters involving the entire spectrum of trade and investment issues faced by governments, multinational corporations and trade associations, the group’s practice includes: export controls and economic sanctions, trade remedies, market access, customs counseling, antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, WTO and NAFTA dispute avoidance and resolution, investment arbitration and state-to-state arbitration.
Litigation: litigation is a cornerstone of Hughes Hubbard’s practice. The firm has the resources to play virtually any role in major litigation including trials, appeals and class actions. Hughes Hubbard brings national coordinating experience in many complex cases. Much of the firm’s litigation involves cross-border elements.
Media, technology & commercial transactions: combining the resources and experience of a traditional law firm with an understanding and passion for today’s cutting-edge technologies, the practice assists clients on matters in the areas of digital media and the internet, entertainment and technology and information security.
Tax and employee benefits: lawyers are involved in complex cross-border transactions, including M&A, multinational joint ventures, and financings. The firm’s employee benefits lawyers handle all aspects of employee pensions, executive compensation and ERISA work.
|Arbitration||Hagit M. Elul|
|Bankruptcy and corporate reorganization||Christopher Kiplok|
|Intellectual property||James Dabney|
|International trade||Ryan Fayhee|
|Labor and employment||Ned Bassen|
|Media, technology & commercial transactions||Matthew Syrkin|
|Product liability||Robb Patryk|
|Product liability||James Fitzpatrick|
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|Mr William Beausoleil||Litigation and arbitration, including products liability, insurance coverage, and general commercial litigation…||View Profile|
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|Mr Charles W. Cohen||Partner; Co-Chair eDiscovery Practice Group. Practice focuses on: (1) complex, multi-jurisdictional domestic…||View Profile|
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|Mr John Fellas||Partner; International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration; Securities; Intellectual Property; Acts as counsel,…||View Profile|
|Mr James C. Fitzpatrick||General litigation and trial practice, with extensive experience in pharmaceutical products litigation…||View Profile|
|Mr James Giddens||Trustee for the liquidation of MF Global, Inc. Trustee for the liquidation…||View Profile|
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|Mr John Hoyns||Co-Chair, Corporate Department; Chair, Aviation Practice; and Chair, Equipment Finance Group. Practice…||View Profile|
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|Mr Christopher K. Kiplok||Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy, with a particular expertise in the liquidation of…||View Profile|
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|Mr Kenneth Lefkowitz||Concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public and private financings, corporate…||View Profile|
|Mr Edward Little||Partner at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP. Chair, White Collar Group; Co-Chair,…||View Profile|
|Mr William Maguire||Partner, New York since 1993. Chair of the Litigation Department, Co-Chair of…||View Profile|
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|Mr Ted Mayer||Products liability defense and counseling; complex litigation of all kinds.||View Profile|
|Mr Robb Patryk||Co-Chair of Hughes Hubbard’s Product Liability & Toxic Tort Group – focuses…||View Profile|
|Mr Charles Samuelson||Corporate and securities practice focused on public and private mergers and acquisitions…||View Profile|
|Mr Matthew Syrkin||Matt provides strategic business counsel and commercial/corporate transactional support for clients in…||View Profile|
|John Townsend||Partner; Chair, Arbitration and ADR Group.||View Profile|
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|Mr Daniel Weiner||Commercial Litigation International and Domestic Arbitration Intellectual Property Disputes Art and Non-Profit…||View Profile|
|Mr Marc Weinstein||Specializes in defense and internal investigations of complex white-collar criminal and regulatory…||View Profile|
OtherChair : Theodore VH Mayer Other Offices : Rio de Janeiro* (*in cooperation with Saud Advogados)
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion
Hughes Hubbard has long held that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, more creative lawyers for our clients because we approach challenges from a variety of perspectives born of different life experiences.
The firm offers an uncompromising commitment to diversity and inclusion, with a strong policy to articulate it and a comprehensive program to implement it. We foster an inclusive work environment where individuals can flourish and perform at the highest level.
This commitment continues to be recognized by organizations. These include a perfect score on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. We have also been awarded the Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for the seventh consecutive year, one of only 15 firms nationally to have consistently achieved this recognition since the programs inception in 2011. The award certifies and recognizes law firms that have integrated women into their highest leadership positions.
Our efforts focus on recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys of diverse backgrounds. Our diverse attorneys are included in all aspects of firm growth: in developing new and existing client relationships, serving in leadership roles and participating in our mentoring programs. We are also involved in various pipeline initiatives to increase the diversity of the legal profession. These efforts include one-on-one mentoring by our lawyers that prepare exceptional college students from historically underrepresented populations to have success in college and the legal profession. We also partner with interested clients in further supporting these programs.
For more about our diversity program, please click here.
Meaghan Gragg Selected as a Leadership Council on
Legal Diversity Fellow
Meaghan Gragg, a litigation partner in the firms New York office, has been selected as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2018.
The LCLD Fellows Program is an intensive, year-long professional training program designed to develop the next generation of diversity leaders in the legal industry. The program connects high-potential attorneys with leading general counsel and managing partners.
Throughout Meaghans career, she has been deeply involved in significant and high-profile matters, both in court and before arbitral tribunals. She also has demonstrated a commitment to social responsibility through her pro bono work and substantial contributions to the firms diversity initiatives.
Hughes Hubbard is a New York City-based international law firm with a relentless focus on providing quality service to our clients and delivering successful results in the most complex matters. With a powerful combination of scale and agility, we offer clients innovative and effective solutions, while remaining flexible to adapt to their needs and market developments.
Firm Maintains Perfect Score on LGBTQ Equality Report
For the third year in a row, Hughes Hubbard earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.
Of the 947 major U.S. businesses rated from 0 to 100 this year, HHR is among a record 609 to receive a perfect score. The firm has been participating in the CEI since 2013 and has scored the top mark each year since enhancing its diversity efforts in 2015.
We are very pleased to be recognized for our support of LGBTQ equality and inclusion in our workplace, said Diane Lifton, co-chair of the firms Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. This achievement shows our firms continuing commitment to having a diverse workforce and a work environment that is inclusive and respectful.
The 2018 CEI rated more than 1,000 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. HHRs achievement in satisfying all of the CEIs criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
We are proud of our commitment to ensuring that each and every attorney, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, feels welcome in our law firm community, said Meaghan Gragg, co-founder of the firms LGBTQ affinity group. We will remain diligent in our efforts.
Diversity Q&A Series With Our Affinity Group Leaders
Hughes Hubbard’s Diversity Committee, which helps the firm recruit, retain and promote attorneys of diverse backgrounds, is comprised of five affinity groups aligned by race, gender and sexual orientation. This series of Q&A articles introduces the leaders of those groups.
Latino Attorney Affinity Group Leader Seeks to Bridge Differences
Sara E. Echenique, head of the firm’s Latino Attorney Affinity Group, has been a member of the Diversity Committee since May 2015. Born in Philadelphia to Puerto Rican parents and raised in Puerto Rico, she joined the firm in October 2010 as an associate in the New York office.
Click here to read the full Q&A.
Black Attorney Affinity Group Leader Brings Life Experience to Role
Ashley Hodges, head of the firm’s Black Attorney Affinity Group, has been a member of the Diversity Committee since spring 2016. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she joined the firm as a summer associate in 2013 and returned to the New York office as an associate in October 2014.
Click here to read the full Q&A.
LGBT Affinity Group Leader Strives to Further Tolerance
Meaghan Gragg co-founded the firm’s LGBT Affinity Group with former associate Danny Grossman in 2013; she joined the Diversity Committee in spring 2015. Born and raised in Miami, she began her tenure at the firm in 2008 as an associate; she was promoted to partner this month.
Click here to read the full Q&A.
Asian Affinity Group Leader Aims to Strengthen Inclusiveness
Mei Li Zhen, head of the firm’s Asian Affinity Group, has been a member of the Diversity Committee since spring 2015. Born in China and raised in Brooklyn, Zhen joined the firm as a summer associate in 2009 and as a full-time associate in the fall of 2010.
Click here to read the full Q&A.
Hughes Hubbard Receives Diversity Award From Eaton
Hughes Hubbard was selected to receive the Eaton Law Department Supplier Inclusion and Diversity Excellence Award for its 2015 performance.
The award is presented to Eatons Law Department suppliers who exhibit a commitment to the companys diversity effort. Eaton Corp. employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and is a global leader in power management and electrical systems.
Amanda DeBusk, chair of the firms International Trade department, accepted the award on Oct. 19, 2016 in front of more than 70 Eaton team members from around the world at a global legal meeting in Cleveland. Tim Boyle, vice president and chief counsel for competition and trade regulation at Eaton, highlighted the firms historic commitment to diversity, from Charles Evans Hughes early support for womens suffrage to Amalya Kearse becoming the first black partner at a major Wall Street law firm in the 1960s to Candace Beinecke becoming the first female chair of a major New York law firm in 1999.
Patrice Jean, a partner in HHRs Intellectual Property practice, spoke about the firms diversity committee, providing heartfelt remarks on diversity and discussing the great work that the committee does. Finally, Ravi Soopramanien, an associate in the firms D.C. office, spoke about his personal experience at HHR, describing how the firms reputation for diversity was important for him in deciding to join HHR.
Diversity is a strong part of Hughes Hubbards identity, and I was truly honored to receive this award on behalf of the firm, DeBusk said.
Hughes Hubbard Awarded WILEF’s Gold Standard Certification
Hughes Hubbard has been awarded the Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for the seventh year in a row, one of only 15 firms nationally to have consistently achieved this recognition since the program’s inception in 2011.
The award certifies and recognizes law firms that have integrated women into their highest leadership positions. The certification emphasizes leadership roles achieved by women equity partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the number or percentage of women in partnership.
To receive gold status, firms with at least 300 lawyers in the U.S. had to meet at least four of seven criteria involving women in key positions. HHR qualified in the following five categories, with women constituting a minimum of:
- 20 percent of equity partners
- 15 percent of firm chairs and managing partners
- 20 percent of the firm’s compensation committee
- 15 percent of the top half of the most highly compensated partners (up from 10 percent)
- 7 percent of women equity partners are women of color or 3.5 percent of women equity partners are LGBT
Hughes Hubbard Sponsors Council of Urban
Professionals Gala 2016
Hughes Hubbard was among the sponsors of the Council of Urban Professionals’ 9th Annual Leadership Gala, held at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.
The gala honored extraordinary leaders whose strides in diversity and inclusion, public service, entrepreneurship and philanthropy have a made a tremendous difference in the U.S.
Founded in 2007, CUP focuses on preparing high-performing professionals of color and women for the rise to senior leadership roles within financial services, legal, media and entertainment, non-profit and public sectors. Through the CUP Fellows Program, 24 participants complete a 10-month leadership development experience that includes skill-based training and networking opportunities that prepare participants for civic involvement.
Hughes Hubbard Recipient of St. John University’s
Ron Brown Trailblazer Award
Hughes Hubbard’s New York office hosted the Ninth Annual Kickoff Reception for the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program at St. John’s University School of Law.
The program’s mission is to increase the diversity of the legal profession by preparing exceptional college students from disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups for success in law school and the legal profession. The kickoff reception introduced students in this year’s junior class of the program to their attorney mentors from HHR, clients Merck and AXA Equitable, and other law firms and government agencies.
More than 80 friends and supporters of the program attended. Ted Mayer delivered welcome remarks on behalf of the firm, alongside Tracey Brown, daughter of the program’s namesake Ron Brown, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee and the Secretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration, who was the first African-American to hold this position. Summer intern Andres Santamaria, an alumnus of the program, also spoke about the positive impact that mentors have on the professional development of students in the program. Professor Elaine Chiu, the director of the program, and Darryl Gibbs, associate general counsel at AXA, praised the firm’s contributions to the program’s continued success.
Diane Lifton, Charles Huberty and Julie Amadeo lead the firm’s partnership with the prep program. In addition to Lifton, Huberty and Amadeo, Jason Benton, Jim Kobak, Bill Maguire, Brett Collings, Ashley Hodges, Ileana Loudarou, Caroline Parker-Beaudrias and Laura Escalona Trumbull volunteered to serve as mentors.
Diversity and inclusion matters.
We have strategically placed lawyers with varied backgrounds in positions of influence throughout the firm, including office and practice leaders.
We have developed both formal and informal mentoring for diverse associates as well as all associates at large. In the case of diverse associates we offer additional mentoring from members of the diversity committee and affinity groups.
To maintain accountability, our Diversity Committee, comprised of partners, counsel, associates and staff, oversees our efforts, including mentoring, recruiting, retention, outreach and affinity groups.
We actively recruit law students of diverse backgrounds and offer a select group the opportunity to participate in our summer program, where they can learn more about life at our firm and develop their career goals.
Hughes Hubbard currently supports affinity groups for African-American lawyers, Asian lawyers, Hispanic lawyers, working mothers, LGBT lawyers and our womens roundtable. The latter group offers firmwide video-conference sessions involving featured speakers and interactive workshops.
Long Standing Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
In keeping with our strong commitment to diversity, Hughes Hubbard is proud to be one of the initial signatories to The Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s “Statement of Diversity Principles” and The New York County Lawyers’ Association “Statement in Support of Diversity in the Legal Profession.”
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free. -Charles Evans Hughes
Our firm’s commitment to diversity can be traced back to our founder, Charles Evans Hughes, campaigning for women’s suffrage in his near-victory over Woodrow Wilson in the 1916 presidential race. In 1942, we broke ranks with other Wall Street firms in hiring the first female associate at a time when most of those firms did not even interview women. In 1969, we named as partner Amalya Kearse, the first African-American female partner of any major New York firm. Kearse went on to become the second African-American to sit on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. In 1999, Candace Beinecke became chair of Hughes Hubbard, making her the first woman to chair a major New York law firm.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- International arbitration
- Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices
- Transport: aviation and air travel - finance
- Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals
- International trade
- M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
- Advice to shareholders
- Merger control
- Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco)
- Securities litigation: defense
- Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
- Media and entertainment: transactional
- International tax
- US taxes: non-contentious