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Hughes Hubbard and Reed

Headquarters: One Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Attorneys: 340
Managing Partner: Theodore Mayer

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is a law firm with more than 30 specialized practices with offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Miami, Jersey City, Paris and Tokyo.

The firm's practice is grouped into nine departments: Corporate, Corporate Reorganization, Employee Benefits, Financial Services, Intellectual Property and Technology, Litigation, Personal Affairs, Real Estate and Tax. The Corporate Department is further broken down into specialized practice groups, such as Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets, although all lawyers in a practice group are available to work on matters in other areas.

The firm's clients include domestic and foreign corporations, financial institutions, investment banking firms, partnerships and individuals, and many clients in the public and non-profit sectors.

The New York office plans to hire approximately 15-20 associates in the fall of 2011 and approximately 15-20 summer associates for our 2012 summer program.


In 1884, Charles Evans Hughes entered the firm of Chamberlain, Carter & Hornblower upon graduation from Columbia Law School. Four years later, he was made a name partner and the firm's name was changed to Carter, Hughes & Cravath.

Increasingly, Hughes was known as a “lawyer’s lawyer.” Judges took special note of his work and sent him hotly-contested or highly-entangled cases. His independence and unquestioned integrity, in addition to his ability as a fact finder, singled him out, and he was chosen to direct successive investigations of the utility and insurance industries.

With successful investigations, particularly the Armstrong investigation of the insurance industry in 1905, Hughes gained a political reputation and was elected Governor of New York in 1906. After two terms as Governor, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Taft in 1910. He resigned from the Court in 1916 to run for President against Woodrow Wilson. After a narrow defeat for the Presidency, Hughes rejoined his old partners and, except for the period from 1921 to 1925, when he was Secretary of State under Presidents Harding and Coolidge, he remained a partner of the firm until his appointment as Chief Justice of the United States in 1930. Hughes’ son, Charles Evans Hughes, Jr., was also a partner in the firm but resigned in May 1929 to become Solicitor General of the United States. A year later he resigned from that position immediately upon his father’s confirmation as Chief Justice and rejoined the firm as a partner. Learned Hand, one of the great judges of the 20th century, is said to have once observed that the greatest lawyer he had ever known was Charles Evans Hughes, except that Hughes’ son was even greater. Allen Hubbard, a law school classmate of Hughes Jr., joined the firm in 1917 and apprenticed under Hughes Sr. He would lead the firm as Senior Partner three decades later. Francis Reed, who joined the Firm in 1928, was a renowned corporate lawyer who also took his early paces under Hughes Sr.. He served as Senior Partner from 1959-1974.

Updated November 5, 2011

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