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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
United States

International arbitration Tier 2

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is 'at the top of its legal game'. Jointly led by Washington DC-based John Townsend and 'great legal mindJames H. Boykin, the team is especially active in investor-state arbitration and is involved in five arbitrations against the Russian Federation under the Russia-Ukraine BIT, pertaining to the loss of investment by Ukrainian investors that occurred during the Crimea annexation of 2014. Townsend also represented the Government of Hungary in an $800m ICSID arbitration commenced by Engie under the Energy Charter Treaty. Key contacts in New York include John Fellas, an 'instinctive advocate', the 'exceptional' Hagit M. Elul and Steven Hammond, who heads the treaty arbitration team. Stephen Rabinowitz left the firm for Dechert LLP.

International trade Tier 2

Led by the 'highly strategicJoanne Osendarp, the eight-partner Washington DC-based team at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is particularly adept at handling international trade litigation for large corporates (HBO Latin America, LafargeHolcim), sovereign governments (the governments of Indonesia and Canada), and trade associations (Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers). Osendarp 'has a breathtaking understanding of the law and politics of trade remedies'. This has manifested itself most notably in her continued representation of the Canadian government in the softwood lumber dispute with the US, and a countervailing duty matter regarding supercalendered paper; notably, the firm persuaded the WTO that the US Department of Commerce (DOC) had acted inconsistently with the subsidies and countervailing measures agreement in its countervailing duty determination on supercalendered paper from Canada. Praised for his 'ability to handle complex and difficult trade remedy investigations and litigation', Matthew Nicely worked alongside Osendarp in the supercalendered paper matter and also achieved significant market recognition as a result of his recent work for the Solar Energy Industries Association in the solar safeguards investigation before the ITC. In addition to his general anti-dumping and countervailing duty work, Dean Pinkert also regularly assists clients with other types of ITC matters. The departure in April 2018 of Amanda DeBusk and Melissa Duffy to Dechert LLP impacted the team's export controls and sanctions capability, although this was offset somewhat by the arrival in May 2018 of former DOJ National Security Division Official Ryan Fayhee from Baker McKenzie LLP.

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

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has ‘a unique level of expertise in product liability litigation around the world’, and regularly assists prominent pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing companies with product liability and mass tort litigation as well as class actions. James Fitzpatrick, Robb Patryk and Diane Lifton jointly head the practice, which also includes Ted Mayer, William Beausoleil and the ‘indefatigableCharles Cohen. Recent highlights include representing the Belgian pharmaceutical manufacturer UCB in opioid-related litigation alleging that manufacturers and distributors contributed to the current epidemic of overuse of opioid medications. Further, the team is defending the New York Blood Center against wrongful death and personal injury claims relating to blood transfusions. Fara Tabatabai was made partner in January 2019. All named partners are based in New York.

Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 2

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is active across a range of aviation deals, including securities offerings, M&A, workouts and bankruptcies, and inter-airline mandates. Steven Chung in Washington DC, who jointly heads the team with John Hoyns, advised Air Lease Corporation, as the seller and servicer, on an asset-backed securitization for Thunderbolt II Aircraft Lease and Thunderbolt II APS, to be serviced by Air Lease Corporation; he also advised Citigroup Global Markets, as lead structuring agent and joint lead bookrunner, on a $911.3m asset-backed securitization for Castlelake Aircraft Structured Trust 2018-1, to be serviced by Castlelake. Hyons represented United Airlines in a $225.7m public offering of Class B certificates, part of its Series 2018-1 enhanced equipment trust certificates. Mark Denham in Miami, Andrew Fowler, Terry Sanders and counsel Jason Kaplan are also recommended. Additionally, the team was further strengthened by arrival of Jonathan Goldstein from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP. Named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP 'delivers fabulous client service and responsiveness and has a strong team for middle-market M&A'. It acts in the full range of M&A deals, including auction bids, going-private matters, hostile takeover bids,  joint ventures and LBOs; other areas of strength are minority investments, open-market purchase programs, defensive planning measures, proxy fights, restructurings, spin-offs and stock acquisitions. The firm's deputy chair Kenneth Lefkowitz, who is 'commercially minded and efficient', led advice to Singapore-based Grab, a technology company offering ride-hailing transport services, in its acquisition of Uber's Southeast Asia business. The co-M&A practice chairs are James Modlin, who has advised on transactions involving the specialty chemicals, life sciences and media sector and 'has great understanding of how to complete a transaction', and Avner Bengera, who focuses on public and private M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals involving US and non-US companies. Modlin acted for Chiltern International, a specialty global contract research organization, in its sale to global life sciences company LabCorp; and Bengera assisted the corporate governance and conflicts committee of TerraForm Power (TP)’s board of directors with the sale of a majority stake in renewable energy company TP to global alternative asset manager Brookfield Asset Management. Charles Samuelson and Michael Traube  are also highly rated; Lefkowitz, Samuelson and Traube 'will run through a wall for their clients'. David Schwartz left for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s New York office. All the above-listed partners are in New York.

Cartel Tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's Robert Bell recently cleared two individual executives of charges in a criminal DOJ investigation and continues to represent them in an investigation led by a foreign competition authority. Marc Weinstein is based in New York and is acting for clients in the financial and media sectors. Practice head William Kolasky is also a key name to note and is currently part of the team defending a generic pharmaceutical company in a DOJ investigation into allegations of a price-fixing conspiracy. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC apart where otherwise indicated.

International tax Tier 4

Andrew Braiterman is the key contact at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York. He is acting for Air Lease Corporation as the seller and servicer in connection with an asset-backed securitization for Thunderbolt II Aircraft Lease Limited and Thunderbolt II APS Limited, to be serviced by Air Lease Corporation, valued at $555m. He is also advising Citigroup Global Markets Inc as lead structuring agent and joint lead bookrunner in connection with a $911m asset-backed securitization for Castlelake Aircraft Structured Trust 2018-1. Aviation is a notable industry focus for the team. Jerry HarrisonAlan Kravitz  and Erin DeCecchis are also names to note.

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 4

Attracting praise for its 'unflinching commitment to addressing client needs', Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s media, technology and commercial transactions practice has experience handling matters throughout the television, film, gaming, music and social media sectors. Matthew Syrkin, who 'goes out of his way to support his clients', chairs the media, technology and commercial transactions group. Other recommended lawyers include deputy head of the firm Kenneth Lefkowitz, and 'dedicated' associate Dena Smith, who brings 'great value' to transactions. In recent work highlights, the group advised John Varvatos Enterprises in connection with a multifaceted creative collaboration and sponsorship arrangement with singer Nick Jonas; assisted Bumble in launching the professional networking platform Bumble Bizz; and acted for Madison Square Garden Company in its acquisition of live entertainment technology and production company Obscura Digital.

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

The ‘strong and extremely hardworking lawyers’ of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP provide ‘creative solutions to problems’ and ‘a broad range of expertise’. The ‘one-stop shop’ is experienced in Chapter 11 debtor-side work, particularly in the shipping sector, and can also draw on its ‘strong bench’ in contentious matters. The ‘standoutChristopher Kiplok leads the team from New York, which includes Kathryn Coleman, who ‘is capable of driving a transaction agreement and inspires the confidence of senior management’. The firm represented CST Industries in its Chapter 11 proceedings, facilitating the sale of the company as a going concern, which right sized the balance sheet and resulted in substantial payouts to creditors while preserving 1,000 jobs; following a multi-day contested sale hearing, the company was sold to Solace Capital Partners. In another highlight, the department acted for Republic Airways Holdings in its restructuring and eventual emergence from bankruptcy protection; the Chapter 11 plan was approved in April 2018 after a victory against creditor ALF VI, which challenged the substantive consolidation provisions in the client’s plan of reorganization. Other key clients include Patriot National, Banco do Brasil and Eagle-Picher Trust.

Securities litigation: defense Tier 4

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has been a prominent player in securities litigation for more than 40 years and has a reputation for defending public and private companies, registered securities broker-dealers, investors, directors and officers, underwriters and other professionals. It has a deep knowledge of the accounting sector and has handled enforcement, litigation and/or investigations for all of the Big Four. William Maguire and Edward Little in New York and Washington DC-based Kevin Abikoff lead the practice. Among the partners recommended in New York are Sarah Cave, who defended the audit committee chair of a publicly traded fintech company against putative federal securities class action claims; and Neil Oxford, who assisted Maguire with the defense of a Lehman Brothers Inc trustee. In DC, William Stein represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in matters arising out of bank failures in the credit crisis.

Merger control Tier 5

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP's antitrust team recently represented the Sinclair Group in its ultimately abandoned merger with Tribune Media, under the supervision of practice head William Kolasky. Other highlights included securing clearance for significant mergers in the travel management and mining sectors. Also notable are Robert Bell and associate Kristin Millay, who are based in Washington DC along with Kolasky.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 5

Based in New York, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is known for its expertise in securitization and capital market transactions, particularly in equipment and aviation finance. Key partner Andrew H. Braiterman acted for Citigroup Global Markets, as lead structuring agent and joint lead bookrunner, in connection with a $911.3m asset-backed securitization for Castlelake Aircraft Structured Trust. Braiterman also advised Air Lease Corporation, as seller, on an asset-backed securitization for Thunderbolt II Aircraft Lease Limited and Thunderbolt II APS. Further, the team advised UK retailer JD Sports on its acquisition of Finish Line.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 6

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is well known for its ability to obtain seminal Supreme Court judgments. The New York-based team successfully defended Automated Packaging Systems against claims brought by Free-Flow Packaging International regarding a patent covering the apparatus used to inflate packaging cushions -- one of the client's key patents. Another highlight was representing Costco in litigation against plaintiff Bosch, involving 18 patents covering windshield wipers. SNF Holding, L&R USA and Citizens Equity First Credit Union are also clients. James W. Dabney heads the practice. Stephen Rabinowitz left for Dechert LLP.

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

'A pleasure to work with', the lawyers at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP have a real focus on representing financial services industry clients in both criminal and regulatory matters. According to one client, the team's 'strength in depth is remarkable and its ability to soak a case with talented resource is a standout feature'. The group is jointly led from New York by Edward Little (who 'engenders huge confidence in his clients and is trusted and feared by opponents') and 'creative-thinkerMarc Weinstein, whom clients praise as 'a strong courtroom advocate'. In one highlight, the duo represented former JP Morgan junior banker Julien Grout in connection with criminal and civil charges arising out of the London Whale scandal; a case that was dismissed by the DOJ and SEC. Weinstein is also representing Juan Angel Napout, former president of the South American Football Confederation and vice president of Fifa, in the sentencing phase of criminal proceedings in federal court in New York, and in an appeal at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arising from charges of bribery. Another key figure in the Washington DC office is John Wood. Further, the DC office was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Ryan Fayhee from Baker McKenzie LLP and Laura Perkins from the DOJ.

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
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


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


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.


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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 women’s 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.