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Hueston Hennigan LLP

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Managing Partner: Brian Hennigan
Number of partners: 10 Number of lawyers: 50
Languages: English, Cantonese, French, German, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai

Firm Overview:
Hueston Hennigan’s lawyers approach cases differently than most litigation firms: from day one, it treats each matter as though it will go to trial. This emphasis on trial readiness inspires it 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 firm can aggressively litigate without relying on a rulebook. Its 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 it doesn’t function like a traditional, hierarchal law firm. Instead, it 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.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Class Actions
Consumer Fraud
Copyright & Trademark
Environmental & Mass Tort Litigation
False Claims Act & Whistleblower Defense
First Amendment & Constitutional Challenges
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Professional Liability
Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility
White Collar & Investigations

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 US, Law360
■Top 20 Trial Law Firms in US, Benchmark Litigation
■National Elite Boutique Trailblazer, National Law Journal

Remarkable Results through Disruptive Strategies:
The firm has a history of obtaining remarkable results in its client’s most important cases. Its creative and disruptive approach has earned it a national reputation as the ‘go-to firm for bet-the-farm litigation.’ With ever-increasing frequency, it’s asked by new clients to replace ‘big law firms’ in their most important complex litigation. Its 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 50 lawyers hail from the most selective law schools and clerkships, and are veterans of prominent national law firms. Some have joined the firm after distinguished national careers in public service. The firm’s attorneys have collectively participated in over 150 trials, and its partners are recognized as among the country’s top trial lawyers. At trial, the firm’s diverse teams reflect the profiles of its juries. Nearly 70 percent of Hueston Hennigan’s associates 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 postmortem 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 have extensive experience working with the Hueston Hennigan team. 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.’
—Bob Millen, Pizza Hut/Yum Brands, former General Counsel/Chief IP Officer
‘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
‘We turned to Hueston Hennigan with our most important matter, and they delivered a complete courtroom victory. They are not only exceptional trial lawyers and creative thinkers, but trusted advisors who studied our business and understood our objectives. In our experience, Hueston Hennigan’s ‘specialty’ is winning the toughest cases.’
—Steve Soboroff, Park at Cross Creek/Playa Vista, Developer/former Chairman and CEO
‘We turned to the Hueston Hennigan team as we approached a trial on a complex and critical matter for the company. They were strategic, thorough, creative, and entirely effective. I walked into court with the superlative Hueston Hennigan team by my side, and I walked out with outstanding results.’
—Robert Davis, Glaukos, Senior Vice President and General Counsel