It’s our business to know your business. Not just your industry, or the competitive landscape in which you operate, but the intricacies of your operations, the workings of your organizational structure and the many challenges that you may face.

What keeps you up at night is what keeps us up at night – because whether we are litigators, business lawyers or advocates working on the regulatory side of the house – we are always on your side.

We build strong teams, working collaboratively across jurisdictions to ensure that our clients get not only the highest quality legal services, but the right complement of lawyers and professionals to suit their particular needs.

Our strength in the energy, financial services, real estate investment and finance, and retail and consumer products sectors are deep—so is our bench in the practices that matter most to the clients we serve. Whether we are advising on a deal in the renewable energy space, litigating a matter for a global bank or helping an entrepreneurial team finance a  new real estate investment, we approach each opportunity or challenge with a focus on the business context as well as the law.

It’s no surprise that many of our clients have been with us for decades. We’re proud of these longstanding relationships as well as the numerous accolades our lawyers receive.

But we don’t rest on our laurels.

We persist in forging strategic partnerships and breaking new ground. We were early to embrace flexible arrangements and staffing models. And we continue to apply legal project management principles to bring greater predictability to our matters.

Clients tell us that culture matters. Our culture is rooted in a deep respect for one another, a lack of arrogance and the desire and commitment to help. Pro bono is foundational to our culture, and we believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and work. That’s why 100 percent of our lawyers are active in pro bono service, contributing more than 42,000 hours annually.

Hunton & Williams is a diverse and inclusive organization. We are proud of our history, our service to our clients and our communities, and the work that we do every single day to achieve results and exceed expectations.

Firm History and Client Service

  • Firm History

    In 1901, two young Richmond lawyers, Randolph Williams and Henry Anderson, partnered with two of Virginia’s most respected lawyers, Beverly Munford and Eppa Hunton Jr. to form Munford, Hunton, Williams & Anderson. During its first decade, the firm established its  industry base by representing railroads, banks, insurance companies and energy companies and, notably, arguing over 40 cases before the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

    As the firm’s work grew, so did its reputation, attracting prominent lawyers including Lewis Powell Jr., who was later appointed to the United States Supreme Court.  Thomas Benjamin Gay, the firm’s first managing partner, became the first Chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

    In the 1930s the firm argued one of the first cases before the National Labor Relations Board, gaining a national reputation in labor law. During the Depression, the firm continued to play a key role in the bankruptcy and reorganization of some of the country’s largest railroads. Its representation of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company resulted in an amendment to the federal Bankruptcy Act.

    In 1943, the firm hired its first female associates, Sarah Greer Dale and Nan Ross McConnell. The 1950s and 1960s brought major growth to the firm. Labor, tax and litigation specialties were established and Merrill Pasco, who worked during World War II on the War Department General Staff at the Pentagon, servicing under then Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall, became the firm’s second managing partner.

    By the mid-1970s, under the leadership of third managing partner, Joseph C. Carter, the firm boasted more than 200 lawyers, including John Charles Thomas Jr., the firm’s first African American lawyer. Charles later became the firm’s first African-American partner and, one year later joined the Virginia Supreme Court as its first African American justice and the youngest person to sit on the court.

    In 1976 the firm adopted its current name, Hunton & Williams and continued to grow and expand beyond its historic Richmond roots. New offices were opened in Washington and Norfolk. Through the 1970s and into the early 1990s, Hunton & Williams worked on licensing 10 commercial nuclear reactors at six sites. Building on its utility and nuclear work, the firm became a leader in the then burgeoning area of energy and environmental law.

    Expansion continued throughout the 1980s under the fourth managing partner, W. Taylor Reveley III, now president of William and Mary, with offices opening in New York City, Atlanta, Raleigh and Brussels. Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb joined the firm for two years, before being elected to the US Senate.

    By 1991 Hunton & Williams saw its fifth managing partner, Thurston R. Moore. Offices opened in Europe and Asia. Firm lawyers played a major role in the $2.3 billion Midland Cogeneration Venture transaction, then the largest project financing of its kind in US history. By the end of the century, Virginia Governor Gerald L. Baliles and Senior US District Judge Robert R. Merhige Jr. had joined the firm. The 1990s also saw the addition of an office devoted exclusively to pro bono work in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood.

    The 2000s saw the introduction of new practices and lawyers to the firm. Its litigation and regulatory practices flourished, and its business group significantly expanded. The seeds of what was to become one of the country’s leading privacy and cybersecurity practices were planted.

    Today Hunton & Williams operates under its sixth managing partner, New York-based Walfrido (Wally) J. Martinez, the first Hispanic American to serve in the position. The firm has 725 lawyers based in offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Its New York office has grown to over 100 lawyers and its Washington, DC office is nearing 200 lawyers. The firm is growing its US footprint in Texas and California, and its Miami office continues to thrive as the gateway to its Latin America practice.

  • Client Service

    Client relationships are the lifeblood of our business. Not only is it the reason our law firm exists, but it is the way in which we expand our business, are engaged by new clients, and develop new referral relationships.

    Our mantra is that we will do what it takes to “get it done” – whether we are involved in multi-jurisdiction class action lawsuits, complex global infrastructure financings or tough M&A negotiations on behalf of a Fortune 500 retailer. For those we represent, we treat their challenges and opportunities as if they were our own.

    Our service delivery model is grounded in the following client service principles:

    Responsiveness: We listen, seek feedback, adapt – and react. 

    Investment: We invest in our client relationships.

    Initiative: We anticipate client needs and strive “to see around corners” on their behalf.

    Accessibility: We are available to clients when and where they need us.

    Communication: We are committed to a “no surprises” approach and mentality. 

    Teamwork: We are collaborative, both within our own – and our client’s – organizations.

    Value: We take a cost-effective and cost-efficient approach to matter management.

    Commitment: We strive to advance diversity and inclusion by partnering with our clients to provide opportunities for talented individuals of all backgrounds.