Though Hunton Andrews Kurth did not take on its current form until 2018, after a major merger, the foundation of the firm was laid well before—in 1901, to be exact. From this single office in Richmond, Virginia, the firm has blossomed into a legal giant with 21 offices and over 900 attorneys. It is known for its strength in the energy, financial services, real estate, and retail and consumer products industries.
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Despite predominance in Texas and the Mid-Atlantic, Hunton Andrews Kurth is an international firm that provides top-notch legal services to its clients, a number of which it has represented for over 100 years. Hiring takes place beyond only T-14 schools, as the firm recruits high-performing applicants from regional law schools and those with geographic connections to particular cities. Grades, journal or work experience, and diversity are key factors as well. Associates like the team feel in offices where all employees are valued and treated as colleagues. Partners support associate development and advancement, and show concern for their workload and well-being. Formal training seems lackluster, but hands-on learning and guidance from associates and counsel make up for it. Lateral...
About the Firm
The result of 2018’s largest merger, Hunton Andrews Kurth, pairs two firms—each with over a century of history—that had been growing by leaps and bounds in the past few years. Mid-Atlantic-based Hunton & Williams brought with it leading global practices in privacy and cybersecurity, energy, financial services, and real estate. Houston’s Andrews Kurth Kenyon had recently grown from a Lonestar State stalwart to an international firm renowned for its energy, environmental, IP, and privacy practices.
A Tale of Two Firms
Though founded more than 1,000 miles away, Hunton & Williams and Andrews Kurth Kenyon were in many ways mirror images of one another. Eppa Hunton, Randolph Williams, and two others founded their firm in Richmond, VA, in 1901 and quickly attracted banks, rail...
- “Collegial atmosphere—our practice group feels like a real team. Associates look out for each other and help pick up slack if needed. The firm sponsors social events once a week by bringing in breakfast, hosting happy hours, and sometimes bringing in catered lunches. Firm culture is taken seriously and prioritized.”
- “Culture is what drew me to Hunton and what has kept me here. Partners are focused on working with and developing associates, which develops fantastic team unity.”
- “We have a great culture. People who work here are friendly, caring, and treat each other—whether staff, subordinate, or superior—as colleagues that they value. Firm plans many opportunities to socialize within the office post-COVID and interact with other teams. I think that is going a long way to rekindling relationships with other teams that tapered off as the pandemic separated us. This is a pleasant place to work, even when we're busy, and I think it's one of our strongest traits.”
Why Work Here
Hunton Andrews Kurth is a preeminent international law firm formed when Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP combined in April 2018. Our nearly 1,000 lawyers serve clients from 19 offices across the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We work as “one firm” across all of our offices and offer exceptional work opportunities on a broad array of sophisticated legal matters. Our commitment to diversity is strong, and we recruit a variety of lawyers and staff from many cultures and backgrounds, appreciating the differences they bring to the firm. We are also committed to helping all of our lawyers achieve their potential while supporting each in integrating their work and personal lives.
Diversity at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Getting Hired Here
- “The firm definitely reaches beyond the typical T14 applicant pool and looks to find a mix of both extremely high performing regional law school applicants as well as more typical T14 type applicants.”
- “Grades, personality, connection to the office location, and work/journal experience are all highly valued. Diversity is also a large factor. We generally hire from law schools located in Texas and more national schools that have strong Houston connections.”
- “Personality and prior work experience are decisive factors. The firm recruits from top schools and has a robust 1L program geared towards diversity/underrepresented law students.”