Hunton & Williams

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  • Founded: 1901
  • Has 19 offices
  • Employs more than 900 attorneys
  • Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia

Founded in 1901, Hunton & Williams LLP is a US law firm that employs more than 900 lawyers. It has been called "one of the most well-connected legal and lobbying firms in DC." The firm was founded in Richmond, Virginia and has 18 other offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In early 2011 the firm's controversial work for Bank of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce became public through a large disclosure of emails.

Official History

The firm was founded in 1901 in Richmond, Virginia by Henry Anderson, Eppa Hunton Jr., Beverley Munford, and Randolph Williams as Munford, Hunton, Williams & Anderson. It focused primarily on business and finance law.

The firm has changed names over the years; its seventh name, in 1976, was Hunton & Williams; it became Hunton & Williams LLP in 2003. The firm's most notable member, a name partner from 1954 until 1972, was Lewis F. Powell, Jr., who became a member of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971.

The firm's initial hire of a woman was Elizabeth Tompkins, the first woman graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, who worked as a summer clerk at Hunton & Williams in 1921 and 1922. In 1943, during the Second World War, two women lawyers were hired to work at Hunton & Williams: Sarah Geer Dale and Nan Ross McConnell. Dale's first case involved a labor-law issue for Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock. She left the firm in 1945 to get married and retired from the practice of law. McConnell stayed on until 1948, when she married.

Current operations, according to them

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The firm has achieved a national reputation as a pro bono leader among large law firms and is frequently referred to as a model example of a pro bono-cultured firm at national conferences. The firm is also consistently highly ranked among the most prestigious law firms by the National Law Journal, Chambers, and The Vault.

The firm has a Centre for Information Policy Leadership, which focuses on privacy and data protection work. The managing partner, Walfrido J. "Wally" Martinez, has held that position since March 2006.

Bank of America and WikiLeaks

Circa 2010-2011, Hunton & Williams was allegedly suggested to Bank of America (by the DOJ) for getting advice on how to deal with the upcoming wikileaks dump of the banks internal documents. Hunton & Williams allegedly helped get three private companies, Berico Technologies, Palantir, and HBGary Federal to come up with a response plan. The plan was allegedly later revealed when Anonymous hacked into HBGary and dumped their internal documents on the web.

The plan created a controversy for many reasons, including the allegation that it included suggestions to harm the career of salon.com journalist and lawyer Glenn Greenwald and "disrupt" his support for Wikileaks. Greenwald talked about his experiences in A disturbing threat against one of our own. On 1 March 2011, 17 members of the United States congress called for a congressional investigation for possible violation of federal law by Hunton & Williams. Democrats call for probe of top D.C. law firm (March 2011).

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