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

Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP stands out with its international capabilities, coordinating pharmaceutical companies’ defense in products litigation across the globe. The firm acts for clients in domestic MDLs related to the Proton-Pump Inhibitor and Fosamax litigations, in class actions and in international vaccine-related litigation. Co-heads of the practice are the experienced litigator Robb Patryk and James C. Fitzpatrick, whose expertise involves working closely with scientific experts and company scientists.  Both are based in New York. Charles W. Cohen, who focuses on complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, is a prominent lawyer and and key member of the team. Former practice head Diane Lifton left the firm in August 2020 for a role at Sumitovant Biopharma.

Practice head(s):

Robb Patryk; James C. Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Charles W. Cohen; Bill Beausoleil; Ted Mayer

Key clients

New York Blood Center, Inc.

Eisai Pharmaceuticals

Merck – Fosamax

Intervet Inc. (d/b/a Merck Animal Health)

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 2

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is consistently involved in all manner of aviation finance structures, including many first in-kind transactions, as well as several of the market’s largest ABS and EETC transactions. New York-based John Hoyns and Steven Chung in Washington DC co-chair the aviation practice, and are both recognized for their experience in complex aircraft and equipment financing transactions. In Miami, Mark Denham led advice to United Airlines on a $325m secured convertible financing for Latin American carrier Avianca Holdings. Andrew Fowler and Terry Sanders are additional key contacts in New York. Cynthia Liu in Washington DC and New York-based Sean Murphy   are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

John Hoyns; Steven Chung

Other key lawyers:

Mark Denham; Andrew Fowler;  Terry Sanders; Cynthia Liu; Sean Murphy

Key clients

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

United Airlines, Inc.

Griffin Global Asset Management LLC

Air Lease Corporation

Hawaiian Airlines

Republic Airways

Sun Country Airlines

Sculptor Capital Management

BNP Paribas

Goldman Sachs

Wells Fargo

Credit Suisse

Morgan Stanley

Tennenbaum Capital Partners

Citibank

International arbitration Tier 3

Covering the market on the East and West Coasts, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s wider arbitration group is spearheaded by New York-based Hagit Muriel Elul and John Townsend in Washington DC. Also in Washington DC, James Boykin chairs the investment treaty practice. The team is well equipped to handle commercial disputes in sectors such as insurance, energy, and technology, to name a few. It has also carved out a particularly strong reputation on the basis of its international investment arbitration work. Another key strength lies in the Latin America-originating disputes; the group in Miami deserves a mention in this regard due to the expertise of Luis O’Naghten. Former group co-chair John Fellas departed at the end of 2020 and currently focuses on serving as arbitrator, but Rémy Gerbay joined from MoloLamken LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Hagit Muriel Elul; John Townsend; James Boykin

Other key lawyers:

Luis O’Naghten; Daniel Weiner; Malik Havalic; Eleanor Erney; Alexander Bedrosyan; Rémy Gerbay

Testimonials

‘We asked Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP to represent us in international arbitration in which we were sued based on an alleged breach of nuclear fuel supply contract. HHR team showed considerable expertise in developing a rigorous strategy to defend our argument. Additionally, the team comprised excellent individuals who had international backgrounds and was perfectly accustomed to work with non-U.S. clients. I strongly believe that it is their skills of legal analysis and intercultural diverse body that make HHR team distinguished from the other firms.’

‘We believe that Ms. Hagit Muriel Elul and Ms. Meaghan Gragg have astonishing legal skills, such as abilities to analyze and sharpen arguments. Arguments they presented in the arbitration were easy to understand. This straightforwardness made the arguments convincing to the arbitrators. Furthermore, their strong leadership also offered an effective and organized legal support to us.’

Key clients

Global Gaming Philippines LLC / GGAM Netherlands B.V.

Westwater Resources, Inc.

Hydrika 1-6, SAC

Republic of Paraguay

Arin Capital & Investment Corp.

The Pellas Group / SER Corp (BVI)

Mystique Brands LLC

Republic of Togo

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 3

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP focuses on complex transactions, developing customized strategies for clients over a full range of M&A transactions, such as joint ventures and investments, areas where Michael Traube is noted. Kenneth Lefkowitz, who acts as the firm’s deputy chair and chairman of the corporate group, is noted for his expertise in hostile takeovers, proxy fights and takeover defense. The wider practice is well placed to advise on cross-border work.

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Lefkowitz; Michael Traube; Charles Samuelson

Key clients

Advance Publications

BAC Florida Bank

Bluestar Alliance

Cartamundi Group

CF Finance Acquisition Corp.

Cipla

Condé Nast

Coupang

Daimler Trucks

GB Auto Service

Grab

Greenbriar Equity

Infosys

Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp.

Madison Square Garden

Platinum Equity

Sony Music Entertainment

The Smithfield Group

Turnitin (a subsidiary of Advance Publications)

ViacomCBS

Wipro

Zoetis

Cartel Tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's antitrust department routinely assists high-level executives from both domestic and international corporations in DOJ cartel investigations, most frequently in relation to price fixing allegations. The Washington DC-based team, which is presided over by William Kolasky, has wide-ranging experience in criminal investigations. Another notable individual within the group possessing such expertise is Robert Bell, who is also well-versed in antitrust counseling.

Practice head(s):

William Kolasky

Other key lawyers:

Robert Bell; Philip Giordano; Kristin Millay

International tax Tier 4

Key names for international tax planning at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP include practice head Andrew Braiterman, recently promoted partner Alan KravitzSpencer Harrison and Ruben Diaz in Miami. The firm is a prominent player in the aviation space, both in terms of traditional aviation financing, securitizations and equity sales, and in recent fundraising mandates relating to the CARES Act. The team is also experienced in international joint ventures, M&A, spin-offs and a variety of other corporate transactions. Aside from aviation, the group is also active in the areas of entertainment, financial services, life sciences and technology. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Braiterman

Other key lawyers:

Alan Kravitz; Ruben Diaz; Spencer Harrison

Key clients

Air Lease Corporation

BAC Florida Bank

Grab Holdings

Griffin Global Asset Management

Infosys

Platinum Equity

The Republic of Paraguay

Roberta Lipson

Sculptor Capital Management

United Airlines Inc.

Wipro Ltd.

International trade Tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP specializes in export controls, economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering matters. The group’s recent workload points to its great ability to provide compliance advice to large companies in sectors such us technology, consumer goods, semiconductor manufacturing, and logistics, among others. The practice acts for numerous Chinese companies, with Roy (Ruoweng) Liu being a go-to advisor in this regard as well as a leader of the firm’s Greater China practice. Department head Ryan Fayhee uses his longstanding experience, including knowledge gained in his previous position at the DOJ, to handle complex sanctions issues. The team has been undergoing recent changes: trade remedy expert Matthew Nicely and a team of three more junior practitioners departed to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in June 2020; later this summer, Joanne Osendarp left to co-chair the trade practice at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Fayhee

Other key lawyers:

Roy (Ruoweng) Liu; Tyler Grove

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP operates under the leadership of Matthew Syrkin, who brings a unique insight to the practice having formerly worked in-house at Major League Baseball, News Corporation and TiVo. His expertise has attracted major clients such as Sony Music and Warner Media, which he regularly assists with corporate transactions and commercial agreements. Syrkin is supported by deputy chair Kenneth Lefkowitz, who has experience of M&A, private equity, disposals and hostile takeovers in the media and entertainment space.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Syrkin

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Lefkowitz

Key clients

Advance Publications/ Conde Nast

AMC Networks/BBC America

CBS Corporation

HBO Latin America

Bumble and Badoo Dating App (Bumble Trading, LLC)

Madison Square Garden (NY Knicks and NY Rangers)

Roku, Inc.

Sony Music Entertainment

WarnerMedia

Viacom

Ernst & Young LLP

Legendary Scottish Comic Book Writer Mark Millar (d/b/a Dave & Eggsy Ltd.)

Merger control Tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has a consistent record in securing merger clearance for mid-market domestic M&A transactions in a variety of sectors, with notable clients including Sinclair Broadcasting, InfoSys, and Kensington Capital. The team also has experience in cross-border work, handling proceedings involving Chinese and European jurisdictional elements. William Kolasky leads the team, and has extensive experience in securing antitrust clearance, as well as representing corporate clients in associated litigation. Robert Bell and Philip Giordano both have successful records in merger control matters before the DOJ and FTC, and also represent clients in investigations and litigation. All named lawyers are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

William Kolasky

Other key lawyers:

Robert Bell; Philip Giordano

Testimonials

‘Robert Bell is exceptional.’

‘This team is extremely responsive and able to handle large international antitrust procedure in short deleys’

‘Philip Giordano is hands on, responsive and he is extremely talented in dealing with US antitrust laws and coordinating with worldwide authorities through.’

Key clients

Cartamundi

Wipro

Infosys

CF Finance Acquisition Corp.

Bluestar Alliance

Orient Overseas (International Ltd.)

Kensington Capital Acquisition Corporation

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

ONEOK

Brambles

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

Especially strong in toxic tort matters, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP also acts for major tobacco companies and manufacturers in consumer product liability claims. In New York Robb Patryk, who has 30 years of experience in complex torts and James C. Fitzpatrick, who has particular strengths in the pharmaceutical space, lead the group. David Woods in Kansas City is a key figure; he has a scientific background and represents tobacco companies in a wide variety of matters. Diane Lifton left the firm in August 2020 to accept a role at Sumitovant Biopharma.

Practice head(s):

Robb Patryk; James Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

David Woods; Tina Schaefer; James Berger

Key clients

Ferro Corporation

Imerys Talc America/Imerys S.A.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

LG Electronics Mobilecomm USA, Inc.

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

Contentious restructurings are a key area of strength for the team at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, which fields a number of deeply experienced bankruptcy lawyers with a wealth of experience in litigation. The group has recently acted in a number of key matters in the aviation and aerospace industries, and continues to act for notable players from the banking and financial services sectors in a variety of distressed situations. Co-chairs Christopher Kiplok and Kathryn Coleman are supported in the New York office by associate Erin Diers. The firm has also maintained a trend of growth at partner level with the promotion of Dustin Smith to partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Kiplok; Kathryn Coleman

Other key lawyers:

Erin Diers; Dustin Smith

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced group. Chris Kiplok is exceptional and well versed in bankruptcy, and particularly mass tort issues.’

‘Christopher Kiplok excels in the boardroom and is a pleasure to work with. He has strong litigation support. Erin Diers is a standout associate.’

Key clients

Imerys SA

Sears Canada Inc.

Lehman Brothers Inc.

Cenveo Ltd.

Eagle-Picher Trust

Candriam Worldwide Alternative (f/k/a Dexia)

Paxion Capital Partners

Airbus Oneweb Satellites LLC

SKAT (Danish Ministry of Taxation)

Delta

Air France, Wells Fargo – LATAM Bankruptcy

Jagged Peak

Pace

DNB Bank

Matson

Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has been active in the development of securities law for more than 40 years, thanks to its defense of public and private companies, directors and officers, underwriters and other professionals, as well as its in-depth knowledge of the accounting sector. It is the only major firm to have represented all of the Big Four accounting firms in litigation, arbitration, SEC enforcement matters, PCAOB and state accountancy board investigations. Jointly led by Kevin Abikoff in Washington DC and New-York-based partners William Maguire and Marc Weinstein, the practice group 'has a very impressive combination of legal skills and the ability to handle very complicated facts on a large scale'. Maguire is currently representing Deloitte & Touche in a class action alleging that it fraudulently misstated its financial statements.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Abikoff; William Maguire; Marc Weinstein

Testimonials

‘The team has a very impressive combination of legal skills, ability to handle very complicated facts on a large scale and to establish a flawless line of corporation.’

‘Very skilled and experienced, pleasant to work with and very good at coming up with solutions.’

‘Very engaged and responsive. Willing to work with in-house lawyers to formulate practical strategies to achieve commercial outcomes.’

‘A highly collaborative firm.’

Key clients

Danish Ministry of Taxation (Skatteforvaltningen or “SKAT”)

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Deloitte & Touche LLP

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

Stuart Fraser

ProPetro

The International Investment Group, LLC

CAN Capital, LLC

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s tax group regularly advises on major M&A deals, debt issuances, and SPAC offerings for clients in the areas of financial services, capital management, aviation and media. The team is led by Andrew Braiterman, incumbent chair of the New York State Bar Association’s tax section, and a key figure in many of the firm’s aviation deals, alongside Alan Kravitz, who was recently promoted to partner. Spencer Harrison concentrates on executive compensation and tax-exempt organizations; Erin DeCecchis is also key contact for benefit and compensation matters. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Braiterman

Other key lawyers:

Alan Kravitz; Spencer Harrison; Erin DeCecchis

Key clients

Air Lease Corporation

Bluestar Alliance

BNP Paribas

CBS Corp.

CF Finance Acquisition Corp.

Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp.

Reverse Mortgage Investment Trust, Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC

Sostena Inc.

Starboard Value

Turnitin (a subsidiary of Advance Publications)

United Airlines

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is particularly experienced in the financial services industry, where it represents individuals and corporations in federal and state court trials, and proceedings before the SEC, CFTC, FINRA and other agencies. Areas of focus for the practice group include fraud, money laundering, insider trading, antitrust matters and tax evasion. It also has considerable expertise internationally in FCPA-related matters, export controls and sanctions. Seasoned trial and appellate attorney Marc Weinstein heads the team from New York. Washington DC’s Laura Perkins is recommended for FCPA and FCA matters.

Practice head(s):

Marc Weinstein

Other key lawyers:

Edward Little; Laura Perkins; Ryan Fayhee

Testimonials

‘The team is highly responsive and tactically astute’.         

‘I believe they take a highly commercial and efficient approach to their work, and this comes across in the way they manage matters’.               

‘Marc Weinstein is an excellent litigator who sits at the intersection of white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation’.          

‘They are very detail oriented, professional, and available’.            

‘Marc Weinstein is very technical, detail-oriented and reliable’.

Key clients

Juan Angel Napout (FIFA)

Krishna Mohan

Renwick Haddow

Cohen Family

Peter Kyriacou

Darren K. Indyke, Co-Executor of the Estate of Jeffrey E. Epstein

Shareholder activism

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP leverages its strong offering in capital markets and securities law to act for shareholders in activist campaigns. The key contact is Gary Simon in New York, who also chairs the wider capital markets practice.

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 and 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 Ryan Fayhee
Litigation Derek Adler
Media, technology & commercial transactions Matthew Syrkin
Product liability Robb Patryk
Product liability James Fitzpatrick
Tax Andrew Braiterman
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Derek Adler  photo Mr Derek Adler Partner at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP.
 Alexander Anderson  photo Alexander Anderson
Mr William Beausoleil  photo Mr William Beausoleil Litigation and arbitration, including products liability, insurance coverage, and general commercial litigation…
Ms Candace Beinecke  photo Ms Candace Beinecke Corporate transactions, governance and internal investigations.
Mr James H. Boykin  photo Mr James H. Boykin
Mr Andrew H. Braiterman  photo Mr Andrew H. Braiterman
 Andrew Braiterman  photo Andrew Braiterman
Mr Charles W. Cohen  photo Mr Charles W. Cohen Partner; Co-Chair eDiscovery Practice Group. Practice focuses on: (1) complex, multi-jurisdictional domestic…
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 James C. Fitzpatrick  photo Mr James C. Fitzpatrick General litigation and trial practice, with extensive experience in pharmaceutical products litigation…
Mr James Giddens  photo Mr James Giddens Trustee for the liquidation of MF Global, Inc. Trustee for the liquidation…
Ms Meaghan Gragg  photo Ms Meaghan Gragg
Mr Spencer L. Harrison  photo Mr Spencer L. Harrison
Mr John Hoyns  photo Mr John Hoyns Co-Chair, Corporate Department; Chair, Aviation Practice; and Chair, Equipment Finance Group. Practice…
Ms Patrice Jean  photo Ms Patrice Jean
Mr Christopher K. Kiplok  photo Mr Christopher K. Kiplok Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy, with a particular expertise in the liquidation of…
 James Kobak  photo James Kobak
Mr Kenneth Lefkowitz  photo Mr Kenneth Lefkowitz Concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public and private financings, corporate…
Mr Edward Little  photo Mr Edward Little Partner at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP. Chair, White Collar Group; Co-Chair,…
 Ethan Litwin  photo Ethan Litwin
Mr William Maguire  photo Mr William Maguire Partner, New York since 1993. Chair of the Litigation Department, Co-Chair of…
Mr Ted Mayer  photo Mr Ted Mayer Products liability defense and counseling; complex litigation of all kinds.
 Theodore Mayer  photo Theodore Mayer
Mr Robb Patryk  photo Mr Robb Patryk Co-Chair of Hughes Hubbard’s Product Liability & Toxic Tort Group – focuses…
Mr Charles Samuelson  photo Mr Charles Samuelson Corporate and securities practice focused on public and private mergers and acquisitions…
 David Schwartz  photo David Schwartz
Mr Matthew Syrkin  photo Mr Matthew Syrkin Matt provides strategic business counsel and commercial/corporate transactional support for clients in…
Mr Michael Traube   photo Mr Michael Traube 
Mr Daniel Weiner  photo Mr Daniel Weiner Commercial Litigation International and Domestic Arbitration Intellectual Property Disputes Art and Non-Profit…
Mr Marc Weinstein  photo Mr Marc Weinstein Specializes in defense and internal investigations of complex white-collar criminal and regulatory…
 Alexander Yanos  photo Alexander Yanos
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

Image

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

Image

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.

Image

“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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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.