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What Distinguishes Hughes Hubbard and Hughes Hubbard’s Washington, D.C. Office?

Hughes Hubbard

  • Hughes Hubbard was among the top three on The American Lawyer’s 2013 A-List of the top 20 law firms in the U.S.-- "the nation's elite," according to The American Lawyer.
  • Hughes Hubbard is ranked #1 by The American Lawyer in 2013 for our pro bono activities.
  • Hughes Hubbard has outstanding diversity scores and is ranked among the “Top Firms for Diversity” in The American Lawyer’s “Diversity Scorecard.” The firm is also ranked among the “Best Law Firms” for “Overall Diversity,” “Diversity for Women,” and “Diversity for Minorities” by Vault.

Hughes Hubbard's Washington, D.C. Office

  • The Washington, D.C. office combines the resources of a top-tier New York law firm with all the benefits of a small, collegial environment.
  • We provide the ability to work on a variety of challenging domestic and international matters.
  • The firm’s leaders of the Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations, Appellate, International Arbitration, and International Trade practice groups reside in the Washington, D.C. office.
  • We provide excellent training programs and hands-on experience. Junior associates assume responsibilities as early as possible and work closely with our partners and other senior attorneys.
  • We are located in downtown Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the White House—a world of resources at your fingertips.

Practice Areas

We represent clients in the firm’s traditional practices, but also have substantive regulatory specialties found in sophisticated Washington, D.C. practices. Significant areas include:

Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations

The anti-corruption and internal investigations attorneys counsel clients around the world on the full spectrum of anti-corruption issues. Services include designing and implementing effective compliance programs; structuring and conducting internal reviews in response to evidence or allegations of potential wrongdoing; and representing companies before international regulators, including, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.K. Serious Fraud Office, Nigerian EFCC, and other national regulatory authorities as well as before the World Bank, the United Nations, and other international bodies. Attorneys in the group also assists clients in navigating post-regulatory environments, including by serving as coordinating counsel for companies undergoing corporate monitorships; and as an independent corporate monitor to companies that have been prosecuted by various national and international authorities.

Corporate Transactions

Hughes Hubbard’s Washington attorneys represent clients in connection with a broad array of transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures, domestic and cross-border secured and unsecured financings, leveraged leasing, structured financings, restructurings, and credit enhancements. The office has substantial experience in aircraft and other structured equipment financings, including representing clients in aircraft acquisitions and dispositions; domestic and cross-border leveraged lease transactions; aircraft portfolio securitizations; syndicated credit facilities; pre-delivery payment and warehouse facilities; and joint venture transactions.

International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Washington attorneys in the international arbitration group have conducted arbitrations all over the world under virtually every set of major international commercial arbitration rules, including the rules of the AAA and ICDR, ICC, LCIA, Stockholm Chamber, Hong Kong Centre, Singapore Centre, Vienna Center, and ad hoc rules under UNCITRAL, covering a wide range of industries and types of disputes. The group’s arbitration work in public international law includes claims brought before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the U.S.-Iran Claims Tribunal, and under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Bilateral Investment Treaties. The attorneys are also active in a wide variety of international dispute resolution matters and litigate in courts all over the world, as well as before government agencies and specialized tribunals. Most recently, the group has represented the Government of Canada against the United States in an arbitration to resolve the largest trade dispute in the world.

International Trade

The firm’s international trade practice provides comprehensive legal representation to resolve the entire range of sophisticated international trade and investment issues faced by governments, multinational corporations, and trade associations. The group regularly advises clients in matters involving export controls and economic sanctions, anti-boycott regulations, trade remedies, customs, antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) dispute avoidance and resolution processes. Clients include Fortune 500 companies; leading non-U.S. based multinationals and foreign governments as well as individuals in sectors such as defense, energy, manufacturing, network systems, satellites, semiconductors, electronics, automotive, aerospace, agriculture, professional services, telecommunications, and financial services.

Litigation

Attorneys in the Washington office are involved in the firm’s high-stakes, complex litigation across the United States and around the world. They handle a variety of cases, including class actions and multi-district and multi-jurisdictional matters, at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts, and before federal agencies in enforcement proceedings and investigations. Their wide-ranging litigation expertise encompasses commercial and transactional disputes, securities litigation, constitutional law, administrative law and regulatory enforcement, government claims, product liability and toxic tort, and other areas. Our lawyers have handled appeals in most of the federal circuits and many state appellate courts and have considerable experience in briefing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court at both the certiorari and merits stages and have prepared amicus curiae briefs in cases of significant interest.

Financial Services Reorganization

Attorneys in the Washington office represent the FDIC and financial institutions in connection with proceedings arising out of the financial crisis, principally involving claims over billions of dollars in mortgage-backed securities. The group also handles disputes for the FDIC arising out of other asset-backed securitizations, alleged tax liabilities, and deposit insurance limitations. Attorneys also represent public and private financial institutions in a wide variety of disputes from major lender-liability litigation to fast-moving injunctive actions over letters of credit or movable credit, to breach of fiduciary duty claims against indenture trustees, to complex international frauds.

Securities Litigation, Regulation, and Enforcement

Washington attorneys represent clients in investigations and litigation regarding securities, commodities, and compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. They represent auditors, issuers, directors and officers, and broker-dealers in securities class action litigation, shareholders derivative litigations, ERISA litigation, arbitrations, criminal proceedings, governmental inquiries, and administrative proceedings by regulatory authorities. Attorneys also advise clients regarding compliance with securities regulatory requirements, including corporate disclosure, privacy regulations, and online regulatory issues.

Professional Liability and Accounting Regulation and Enforcement

With decades of experience in representing accountants, the Washington office has developed an understanding of the professional standards and regulatory requirements that govern audits of public companies, as well as how the auditing process is organized and carried out. Attorneys regularly defend and counsel the Big Four accounting firms and other professionals in all types of litigation in federal and state court, including civil trials, grand jury investigations and administrative proceedings by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and state accountancy boards. In addition, we advise U.S. and foreign accounting firms and global accounting firm networks in a wide variety of regulatory, structural, and risk management matters.

Summer Associate Program

Summer associates in Washington have the opportunity to work side by side with nationally and internationally recognized attorneys. In recent years, summer associates have assisted in drafting briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, traveled both within and outside the United States to assist our attorneys, prepared witnesses and attended testimony in an SEC hearing, and researched novel issues of international law. Summer associates also take part in broader firm activities such as the firm’s Trial Advocacy Program in New York. In addition to work assignments, we host a variety of social activities during the summer to offer ample opportunities to get to know our attorneys and become familiar with our office environment.

Interviews

Every year we visit approximately ten law schools throughout the country. We also welcome resumes from students from other law schools. In the past few years, we have interviewed candidates from the following law schools:

  • American University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University

Pro Bono Work

Washington attorneys are very active in pro bono service. They represent clients in individual matters involving family law, landlord tenant, public benefits, social security disability, immigration and asylum, employment, and civil rights law, as well as large-scale public policy and advocacy projects. The office recently received the DC Appleseed Valuable Contribution Award for its work related to the Anacostia River Restoration Project and the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services Award. This award recognizes Washington, D.C. law offices in which at least 40% of the office attorneys perform 50 or more hours of pro bono services.

How to Apply

Please forward a cover letter, resume, and transcript to:

Maria Marchioni
Director of Legal Personnel and Recruitment
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
1775 I Street, N.W., Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006-2401
marchioni@hugheshubbard.com

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