This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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Firm of the Year – Environment
This year marks the fifth consecutive time Hunton & Williams has won our environment firm of the year award. The firm’s practice continues to excel and is widely recognised as the leader in the field.
|HUNTON & WILLIAMS|
|Commercial Litigation||1||Information Technology||5|
|Competition||2||Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
|Corporate Governance||3||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
|Corporate Tax||1||Labour & Employment||2|
In 2013, the firm strengthened several of its offices and practice areas by making numerous hires to partner level. The London office promoted an expert in transport and energy infrastructure projects, while the Bangkok office, the centre of the firm’s expansion in Asia and the Pacific, focused on key practice areas, with a lateral hire partner to its global corporate, energy and infrastructure practice. In New York, the firm made one lateral hire and two promotions in corporate finance and litigation. A further three promotions were made in both Richmond and Washington; and one each in Atlanta, Raleigh and Charlotte; representing the corporate, energy, environmental, and litigation practices.
|Total Listings in WWL||31||Established||1901|
|Home jurisdiction||US||Total size of firm||over 800|
|Number of partners||327||Number of offices||19|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Hunton & Williams excels in its regulatory work, and its environment practice is one of the very best in the world. William Brownell is the chairman of the firm’s executive committee and former head of the administrative law and environmental practice groups. His “renowned” practice has seen him represent clients on both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe, he advises on European community law, and in the US, his practice involves proceedings before federal and state agencies, courts and Congress. Andrea Bear Field is the managing partner of the DC office. Her practice, which is “extremely respected and sought after”, focuses on environmental and administrative representation, particularly litigation arising under the Clean Air Act. Henry Nickel’s “distinguished” practice specialises in administrative and judicial proceedings under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Kathy Robb is one of the leading lawyers in the US in terms of water policy and law, and her clients include water districts, developers, electric utilities, investors, chemical manufacturers, and paper companies. William Wehrum, head of the administrative law group and chair of the environmental team, focuses on air quality issues including regulatory development and related litigation. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Wehrum worked as an environment engineer for a major chemical manufacturer. As such, his knowledge of the area is uniquely deep. Virginia Albrecht has significant experience in permit negotiation, litigation of policy issues, lobbying Congress, enforcement defence, and compliance counselling. Her “impressive roster of clients” includes development companies, agricultural and mining companies, state and local agencies, and trade associations. Lucas Bergkamp has represented multinational organisations in a variety of environmental, health and safety and life sciences matters. His expertise is widely regarded in relation to plant and product-related environmental law, chemical law, and pesticides and biocides.
The firm also fields a strong team in the in information technology sphere. Bridget Treacy, the managing partner of the firm’s London office, is a “world leader” in data protection law. She advises multinationals across a broad range of industry sectors in privacy, data protection, information governance and e-commerce issues. In Brussels, Jörg Hladjk is an expert in European and German state and federal data protection law compliance, as well as related risk assessments. Wim Nauwelaerts, also in the Brussels office, has a comprehensive knowledge of EU and international data protection law. He councils on privacy compliance, data protection notifications, data transfer strategies, implementation of data security measures and privacy impact assessments.
Competition law is also a strong suit of the firm. Bruce Hoffman, who heads the global competition practice, is widely endorsed by clients and peers alike. He has extensive experience with competition and consumer protection/FTC matters, including merger review, government investigations and litigation. Thomas Slater Jr serves as chair emeritus for the firm’s litigation, labour and competition practices. He is noted for his ability to handle the in the most complex competition, intellectual property and franchise disputes.
Hunton & Williams looks to constantly expand its pro bono practice. As a member of the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, the firm has met or surpassed the goal of providing over 3 per cent of its billable time to pro bono clients since 1993. In the years 2009 to 2011, 100 per cent of the firm’s full-time US lawyers participated in pro bono projects and more than 50,000 hours were donated to charitable clients throughout that period.
While the firm’s most recent office opened in Tokyo in 2011, most of the offices that make up the firm’s global network were founded in the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century. The firm’s ability to service its clients’ global business needs is thus both well established and steadily developing. Hunton & Williams is committed to strengthening its network in the US, Europe and Asia in line with its forward-thinking approach to keep ahead of the market and realise new opportunities for its clients.
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