Overview

Introduction

Hughes Hubbard fosters a collegial environment where associates feel welcomed and respected. A recently revamped mentoring program and substantial responsibility on pro bono and billable matters provide great opportunities for quality legal training. Founded more than 130 years ago, Hughes Hubbard has a strong New York presence and a wide geographic reach from coast to coast and also internationally. The firm is home to 40 wide-ranging practice areas across the firm’s four core services: 1. corporate, tax, and private client; 2. financ...

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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

250 - 500

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No. of Partners Named (2020)

2

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Best Law Firms for Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)

8


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No. of Summer Associates (2020)

7


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Base Salary

1st year: $205,000

Vault Verdict

At Hughes Hubbard, associates describe the culture as “tight-knit,” “welcoming,” and “social”—to name a few of the overwhelmingly positive adjectives. Associates also feel they are genuinely respected by the partners they work for. The firm gives an annual presentation regarding firm finances, but associates would like to be better looped in when it comes to firmwide decisions regarding compensation and promotions. Associates are reviewed annually but feel the organic feedback they receive throughout the year is just as beneficial, if not more so. When it comes to workload, associates have more complaints about the unpredictable nature of their schedules rather than the total number of hours they work. Compensation is under market, but some high billers do have the chance to earn ...

About the Firm

Founded more than 130 years ago, Hughes Hubbard has a strong New York presence and a wide geographic reach from coast to coast and also internationally. The firm is home to 40 wide-ranging practice across the firm’s four core services: 1. corporate, tax, and private client; 2. finance, restructuring, and bankruptcy; 3. intellectual property; and 4. litigation, arbitration, and investigations.

The Fabulous Four

Hughes Hubbard dates back to 1884 when Charles Evan Hughes joined the firm Chamberlain, Carter & Hornblower. In just four short years, Hughes became name partner. He went on to have a successful political career—including stints as the Governor of New York, as Secretary of State under two presidents and as Chief Justice of the U.S. But he stayed connected to the firm—retu...

Associate Reviews


  • “Even though we are technically a ‘BigLaw’ firm, it feels much more like a small firm in that teams are leanly staffed, most people know each other, and everyone is very collegial and friendly.”
  • “People are friendly and kind to each other; I frequently socialize with friends from the firm, including lawyers and staff.”
  • “Tight-knit group of collaborative and smart colleagues. Everyone is nice and helpful.”
  • “Overall, I would say the firm has a very welcoming culture. Everyone, with a few exceptions, is fairly approachable and happy to answer questions/give advice. I would also say that the associates are very social. They host the occasional happy hour [or] office event. The firm also highly values its staff members, and attorneys and staff work closely together. Overall, I would say the firm’s atmosphere is very positive.”

Diversity at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

"Hughes Hubbard has a distinguished history dating back more than a century. The firm was founded by Charles Evans Hughes (future governor, secretary of state and chief justice), whose values and innovative thinking about the practice of law have been passed down through generations of our firm's lawyers. Like Hughes, who immersed himself in his clients' businesses, we are known for our strong commitment and dedication to our clients. This has led to a collaborative and warm environment that is valued by everyone at the firm...."

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