Managing Partner: Brian Hennigan
Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 60
Languages: English, Cantonese, French, German, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai
Described by Chambers USA as a “the perfect litigation boutique” and the “Go-to firm for bet-the-farm litigation,” Hueston Hennigan LLP is “enjoying meteoric success.”
Since Hueston Hennigan opened its doors in 2015, it has established itself as a top, nationally recognized trial boutique known for finding a way to win in the highest-stakes litigation, trials and white collar defense cases. The firm’s lawyers approach cases differently than most litigation firms: from day one, they treat each matter as though it will go to trial. This emphasis on trial readiness inspires the team to bring creative strategies to each matter. By developing a deep understanding of the facts, the context, and the law relevant to each case, the team can aggressively litigate without relying on a rulebook. The firm’s focused preparation and forceful posture in the first 90 days help it achieve the most successful and cost-effective outcomes for its clients.
This approach works because Hueston Hennigan LLP doesn’t function like a traditional, hierarchal law firm. Instead, the firm trains its teams to think like “outside GCs.” Since each client is a firm client, not a client of any individual partner, every lawyer is focused on comprehensively, creatively, and collaboratively solving their clients’ unique problems.
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Representative Reviews & Recognitions:
■ ‘Go-to firm for bet-the-farm litigation’, Chambers
■ ‘Hard-driving, insightful and aggressive’, Chambers
■ ‘A National Powerhouse’, Daily Journal
■ ‘A force to be reckoned with’, Chambers
■ ‘The firm to beat … dynamic and engaged … re-shaped the landscape’, Benchmark Litigation
■ 5 Go-To Boutique Trial Firms in the U.S., Law360
■ Top 20 Trial Law Firms in U.S. (repeated), Benchmark Litigation
■ National Elite Boutique Trailblazer, National Law Journal
■ California Trial Firm of the Year, Benchmark Litigation
■ Los Angeles Trial Firm of the Year (2019 and 2020), Benchmark Litigation
Hueston Hennigan’s Edge: Remarkable Results through Disruptive Strategies:
The firm has a history of obtaining remarkable results in our client’s most important cases. The firm’s creative and disruptive approach has earned it a national reputation as the “go-to firm for bet-the-farm litigation.” With ever-increasing frequency, Hueston Hennigan is asked by new clients to replace “big law firms” in their most important complex litigation.
The firm’s successes have translated to a reputation as one of the top trial boutiques in the country, handling high-stakes matters for a client roster that includes Amazon, Tesla, Deloitte, Edison International, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, Disney, SpaceX, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Monster Energy, the Navajo Nation, Whole Foods, and many others.
The Team: Unmatched Talent at Every Level:
Based in California and practicing nationwide, the firm’s more than 60 lawyers hail from the most selective law schools and clerkships, are veterans of prominent national law firms. Some have joined after distinguished national careers in public service. The firm’s attorneys have collectively participated in over 150 trials, and the firm’s partners are recognized as among the country’s top trial lawyers. At trial, the diverse teams reflect the profiles of its juries.
Nearly 70 percent of the associates at Hueston Hennigan have clerked for judges at federal district courts, courts of appeals, or the highest courts of several states. Former judicial clerks bring real-world experience and superior research skills to their work, seamlessly stepping into positions of significant responsibility. The firm offers competitive bonuses and credit for time spent clerking and encourage current or prospective clerks to apply.
What Clients Say:
‘The lawyers at Hueston Hennigan have distinguished themselves with their wise counsel and outstanding advocacy from the boardroom to the courtroom. Their ability to balance legal and business considerations practically and efficiently is truly exceptional. They are among our go-to trial counsel, and they deliver results.’
—Jake Schatz, SVP, Electronic Arts, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
‘In one of Western Digital’s most important legal matters in recent years, Hueston Hennigan partnered with us to craft and implement a creative, multi-staged litigation strategy that delivered repeated victories in both court and international arbitration. Hueston Hennigan has a very deep bench of legal talent and are our trusted counselors for our most important cases.’
—Michael Ray, Western Digital, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
“Hueston Hennigan is an ideal choice for the toughest cases; the combined, concentrated trial talent of Hueston Hennigan makes this firm a top-shelf litigation choice for virtually any high-risk, complex matter.”
—Melissa Scanlan, T-Mobile, Senior Director for Litigation and Antitrust
‘Hueston Hennigan lawyers distinguished themselves as dynamically creative and unsurpassed in courtroom advocacy. Their care extends beyond the individual case: they work closely with our in-house counsel, and their post-mortem review of matters is a value-add that fits squarely with our continuous improvement culture. They are a go-to firm for the most complex and challenging cases.’
—Barry H. Caldwell, Waste Management, General Counsel
‘I turn to Hueston Hennigan for our most significant legal matters. In each engagement, they have provided extraordinarily effective lawyering, counsel, and strategic business advice. They are unrivaled as go-to trial counsel for complex, high-risk litigation.’
—Julie Davis, Taco Bell, Global Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
‘I hired Hueston Hennigan because of their extensive experience litigating and winning high-profile fraud cases. It was a fantastic decision. In short order, they filed a compelling complaint, defeated the other side’s efforts to dismiss the case, strategically obtained devastating discovery, and secured a phenomenal settlement for me. Their commitment to my case, insights, and advocacy resulted in a total and unmitigated victory.’
—Alec Baldwin, actor and philanthropist
‘John Hueston and Brian Hennigan have created a world-class law firm for the 21st century, capable of serving the litigation needs of individuals to global companies. Its talented team of professionals is dedicated to working closely with clients and has the creativity and flexibility to bring the simplest solutions to the most complex problems.’
—Arnold Pinkston, Corelogic, General Counsel
‘Hueston Hennigan creatively and relentlessly investigated and prosecuted claims arising from a complex, high-stakes commercial fraud, obtaining recoveries worth more than $75 million. They skillfully and efficiently positioned us for courtroom victories, while working hand-in-glove with in-house counsel to ensure that the legal strategy aligned with our business objectives. Their team was a pleasure to work with, and I strongly recommend the firm for difficult and important cases.’
—William B. Sailer, Qualcomm, Inc., Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel