Firm Profile > Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP > New York, United States

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
ONE BATTERY PARK PLAZA
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10004-1482
United States

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 2

Hughes 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 John Fellas and Hagit Muriel Elul, alongside 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.

Practice head(s):

John Fellas; Hagit Muriel Elul; John Townsend; James Boykin

Other key lawyers:

Luis O’Naghten; Daniel Weiner; Nicolas Swerdloff

Testimonials

Daniel Weiner is exceptionally knowledgeable about the art business, which is essential in art disputes. He has a calm and collaborative manner.

Key clients

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings

Global Gaming Philippines / GGAM Netherlands B.V.

Westwater Resources

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.

Practice head(s):

Diane Lifton; Robb Patryk; James Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Charles Cohen; Steve Luger; Bill Beausoleil

Testimonials

‘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’

Key clients

UCB

New York Blood Center

Eisai Pharmaceuticals

Merck & Co.

Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

John Hoyns; Steven Chung

Key clients

Air Lease Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Mizuho Securities USA

United Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

Republic Airlines

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Marc Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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.’

Key clients

Juan Angel Napout (FIFA)

Krishna Mohan

Renwick Haddow

Peter Kyriacou

Dispute resolution > International trade Tier 3

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP fields a team of trade specialists including several partners with decades-long careers in the government. The department remains true to its reputation in the area of multi-party trade remedy litigation, but is also well versed in disputes at the World Trade Organization, economic sanctions matters, and anti-corruption investigations brought pursuant to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The group’s enviable client roster consists of sovereigns, large companies, and industry associations. Ryan Fayhee heads the firm’s sanctions, export controls and anti-money laundering practice, which sits within the larger international trade group led by Joanne Osendarp. Matthew Nicely is a key contact for US antidumping and countervailing duty investigations before the ITC and the Department of Commerce. In June 2019, the practice bolstered its strength in long-arm US trade regulations with the hire of Roy Liu from Hogan Lovells US LLP.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Osendarp; Ryan Fayhee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A team that is instantly recognizable on the market

Key clients

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

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 3

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 of 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.

Practice head(s):

Avner Bengera

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Lefkowitz; Charles Samuelson; Michael Traube

Key clients

Patrick Drahi

Zoetis

Platinum Equity

Condé Nast

Cartamundi Group

Daimler Trucks

Madison Square Garden

Grab

Wipro

Greenbriar Equity (GB Auto Service)

Cenveo Worldwide

Pure Power Technologies

Sony Music Entertainment

Cyclerion Therapeutics

Wipro

Cipla

Greenbriar Equity

Wafra Capital Partners

United Family Healthcare (CEO)

Advance Publications

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Gary Simon

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.

Practice head(s):

William Kolasky

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

William Kolasky

Other key lawyers:

Robert Bell; Philip Giordano; Kristin Millay

Key clients

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.

Cartamundi Group

Conde Nast

Cipla

Wipro

Cenveo Worldwide Ltd.

Patrick Drahi

Zoetis

Cyclerion

Pure Power Tech

Covia Corporation

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 4

Hughes 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.

Practice head(s):

Diane Lifton; Robb Patryk; James Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Bill Beausoleil; Daniel Weiner; George Tsougarakis; Charlie Cohen; James Berger

Testimonials

‘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’

Key clients

Imerys Talc America

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

LG Electronics Mobilecomm USA, Inc.

Ferro

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Abikoff; William Maguire; Marc Weinstein

Key clients

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Sellas Life Sciences Group, Inc. (f/k/a Galena Biopharma, Inc.)

Danish Ministry of Taxation

Stuart Fraser

RD Legal Capital

ProPetro Holding Corp.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

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).

Practice head(s):

Christopher Kiplok

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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’

Key clients

Imerys SA

Sears Canada

Republic Airways

Lehman Brothers

Cenveo

Hyundai Corporation USA

Eagle-Picher Trust

Candriam Worldwide Alternative (f/k/a Dexia)

Univision

AMC Networks

Paxion Capital Partners

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Syrkin

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Lefkowitz

Testimonials

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.

 

Key clients

Condé Nast

The Madison Square Garden Company

MGM Studios Inc.

Dave & Eggsy, Ltd.

John Varvatos Enterprises, Inc.

Patrick Drahi

The Madison Square Garden Company

Sony Music Entertainment

Bumble

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Braiterman

Other key lawyers:

Spencer Harrison; Alan Kravitz

Key clients

BidFair USA/Patrick Drahi

Air Lease Corporation

Condé Nast

Daimler Trucks

United Airlines

Madison Square Garden Company

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

DekaBank

Deutsche Gironzentrale Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Cartamundi Group

Greenbriar Equity Group

Bancar Technologies

Wipro

Nevada Gold & Casinos

Pure Power Technologies

Cipla

Mizuho Securities USA

Goldman Sachs

Credit Argricole

Citigroup

Zoetis

Platinum Equity

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Braiterman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BidFair USA/Patrick Drahi

Air Lease Corporation

Condé Nast

Daimler Trucks

United Airlines

Madison Square

Garden Company

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

DekaBank

Deutsche Gironzentrale

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Cartamundi Group

Greenbriar Equity Group

Bancar Technologies

Wipro

Nevada Gold & Casinos

Pure Power

Technologies

Cipla

Mizuho Securities USA

Goldman Sachs

Credit Argricole

Citigroup

Zoetis

Platinum Equity

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Anti-corruption/FCPA Kevin Abikoff
Anti-corruption/FCPA Laura Perkins
Antitrust William Kolasky
Arbitration John Townsend
Arbitration John Fellas
Arbitration Hagit M. Elul
Aviation John Hoyns
Aviation Steven Chung
Bankruptcy and corporate reorganization Christopher Kiplok
Corporate Ken Lefkowitz
Corporate Steven Chung
Corporate Charles Samuelson
Intellectual property James Dabney
International trade Joanne E. Osendarp
Labor and employment Ned Bassen
Litigation Derek Adler
Media, technology & commercial transactions Matthew Syrkin
Product liability Diane Lifton
Product liability Robb Patryk
Product liability James Fitzpatrick
Tax Andrew Braiterman
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Derek Adler  photo Mr Derek Adler
Mr William Beausoleil  photo Mr William Beausoleil
Ms Candace Beinecke  photo Ms Candace Beinecke
Mr Avner Bengera  photo Mr Avner Bengera
Mr James H. Boykin  photo Mr James H. Boykin
Mr Andrew H. Braiterman  photo Mr Andrew H. Braiterman
 Andrew Braiterman  photo Andrew Braiterman
Ms Sarah Cave  photo Ms Sarah Cave
Mr Charles W. Cohen  photo Mr Charles W. Cohen
Ms Kathryn A. Coleman  photo Ms Kathryn A. Coleman
Mr James W. Dabney  photo Mr James W. Dabney
Ms Hagit M. Elul  photo Ms Hagit M. Elul
Mr John Fellas  photo Mr John Fellas
Mr James C. Fitzpatrick  photo Mr James C. Fitzpatrick
Mr James Giddens  photo Mr James Giddens
Ms Meaghan Gragg  photo Ms Meaghan Gragg
Mr Steven Hammond  photo Mr Steven Hammond
Mr Spencer L. Harrison  photo Mr Spencer L. Harrison
Ms Khue V. Hoang  photo Ms Khue V. Hoang
Mr John Hoyns  photo Mr John Hoyns
Ms Patrice Jean  photo Ms Patrice Jean
Mr Christopher K. Kiplok  photo Mr Christopher K. Kiplok
 James Kobak  photo James Kobak
Mr Kenneth Lefkowitz  photo Mr Kenneth Lefkowitz
Ms Diane Lifton  photo Ms Diane Lifton
Mr Edward Little  photo Mr Edward Little
Mr William Maguire  photo Mr William Maguire
 Theodore Mayer  photo Theodore Mayer
Mr Ted Mayer  photo Mr Ted Mayer
Mr Robb Patryk  photo Mr Robb Patryk
Mr Charles Samuelson  photo Mr Charles Samuelson
Mr Matthew Syrkin  photo Mr Matthew Syrkin
 John Townsend photo John Townsend
 Michael Traube photo Michael Traube
Mr Daniel Weiner  photo Mr Daniel Weiner
Mr Marc Weinstein  photo Mr Marc Weinstein
Chair : Theodore VH Mayer
Other Offices : Rio de Janeiro* (*in cooperation with Saud Advogados)

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 program’s 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

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Patrice Jean and Meaghan Gragg at the
2018 LCLD Fellows First Meeting

Meaghan Gragg, a litigation partner in the firm’s 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 Meaghan’s 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 firm’s 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

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Meaghan Gragg, chair of the firm’s
LGBTQ Attorney Affinity Group, attends
the 2017 ceremony on behalf of the firm.

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 firm’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. “This achievement shows our firm’s 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. HHR’s achievement in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

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“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 firm’s LGBTQ affinity group. “We will remain diligent in our efforts.”

Diversity Q&A Series With Our Affinity Group Leaders

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hughes Hubbard Receives Diversity Award From Eaton

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From left: Tim Boyle, vice president and chief counsel
for competition and trade regulation at Eaton; Amanda DeBusk,
chair of Hughes Hubbard’s International Trade practice;
Mark Mcguire, executive vice president and general counsel
at Eaton; Patrice Jean, a Hughes Hubbard partner;
Ravi Soopramanien, a Hughes Hubbard associate
and Carolyn Cheverine, vice president and chief counsel
for corporate and international transactions at 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 Eaton’s Law Department suppliers who exhibit a commitment to the company’s 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 firm’s 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 firm’s historic commitment to diversity, from Charles Evans Hughes’ early support for women’s 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 HHR’s Intellectual Property practice, spoke about the firm’s diversity committee, providing heartfelt remarks on diversity and discussing the great work that the committee does. Finally, Ravi Soopramanien, an associate in the firm’s D.C. office, spoke about his personal experience at HHR, describing how the firm’s reputation for diversity was important for him in deciding to join HHR.

“Diversity is a strong part of Hughes Hubbard’s 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

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Partners Sarah Cave and Aviva Wernick at a
Hughes Hubbard Women’s Roundtable event

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

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From left to right: Hughes Hubbard associate
Debbie Placid and Hughes Hubbard partner
Patrice Jean at the CUP gala

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

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From left to right: Darryl Gibbs of AXA; Hughes Hubbard
partner Diane Lifton, co-chair of the firm’s Diversity
Committee; associate Charles Huberty; Ted Mayer,
chair of the firm; Tracey Brown of the Cochran firm,
Elaine Chiu, director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for
Law and Justice; and associate Julie Amadeo.

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.

Key principles

Committed

Diversity and inclusion matters.

Leadership

We have strategically placed lawyers with varied backgrounds in positions of influence throughout the firm, including office and practice leaders.

Mentoring

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.

Oversight

To maintain accountability, our Diversity Committee, comprised of partners, counsel, associates and staff, oversees our efforts, including mentoring, recruiting, retention, outreach and affinity groups.

Outreach

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.

Support

Hughes Hubbard currently supports affinity groups for African-American lawyers, Asian lawyers, Hispanic lawyers, working mothers, LGBT lawyers and our women’s roundtable. The latter group offers firmwide video-conference sessions involving featured speakers and interactive workshops.

Long Standing Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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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.