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Our firm focuses on winning trials and training trial lawyers. With attorneys drawn from the most selective law schools and clerkships in the country, we have been called “A National Powerhouse.” Our associates handle advanced roles on groundbreaking and high-impact public cases and are compensated above the national market. Our unparalleled training program emphasizes mastery of courtroom advocacy skills, with all new associates completing a trial within their first two years.

Based in Southern California and practicing nationwide, our more than 40 lawyers hail from top schools including Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, Michigan, UVA, Northwestern, Cornell, Texas, Georgetown, UCLA and USC.

We are entrepreneurs and counsel associates in the business of law.  Together, we are a lean, diverse, collegial trial law firm that has become go-to counsel for clients such as Tesla, SpaceX, Amazon, Walt Disney, Activision, Electronic Arts, T-Mobile, the Navajo Nation, and many others.

“Hueston Hennigan has distinguished itself with creative and practical solutions to challenging legal issues.”

Todd Maron, General Counsel,
Tesla Motors, Inc.

Our Associates

At Hueston Hennigan, we select the most talented attorneys and train our associates in all aspects of trial advocacy.

Our commitment to early trial experience is reflected in our courtroom advocacy program.  Paired with seasoned trial mentors, associates take charge of pro bono cases specially screened to maximize trial and oral advocacy opportunities. In just the first year of our courtroom advocacy program, roughly half our associates first-chaired—and prevailed in—pro bono trials, with most handling opening statements, witness examinations, and closing arguments.

In every trial and arbitration, Hueston Hennigan seeks to provide speaking roles for associates.  We guarantee at least one trial in the first two years for each of our incoming associates, with a goal of at least five trials by the fifth year.

  • Hear From Our Associates

    Ninety-three percent of the associates who joined the firm in the last two years came from judicial clerkships, including for judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, Southern District of New York, Western District of Washington, District of Arizona, and Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Hear From Our Associates

    Ninety-three percent of the associates who joined the firm in the last two years came from judicial clerkships, including for judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, Southern District of New York, Western District of Washington, District of Arizona, and Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Hear From Our Associates

    Ninety-three percent of the associates who joined the firm in the last two years came from judicial clerkships, including for judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, Southern District of New York, Western District of Washington, District of Arizona, and Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Hear From Our Associates

    Ninety-three percent of the associates who joined the firm in the last two years came from judicial clerkships, including for judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, Southern District of New York, Western District of Washington, District of Arizona, and Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Hear From Our Associates

    Ninety-three percent of the associates who joined the firm in the last two years came from judicial clerkships, including for judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, Southern District of New York, Western District of Washington, District of Arizona, and Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Hear From Our Associates

    Ninety-three percent of the associates who joined the firm in the last two years came from judicial clerkships, including for judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, Southern District of New York, Western District of Washington, District of Arizona, and Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Hear From Our Associates

    Ninety-three percent of the associates who joined the firm in the last two years came from judicial clerkships, including for judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, Southern District of New York, Western District of Washington, District of Arizona, and Eastern District of Louisiana.

Benefits & Compensation

Our associates are compensated above the national market. In 2016, for example, second-year associates (including recent law clerks) received total compensation of approximately $270,000, with a salary of $190,000 and bonuses more than three times the national market. We also provide a $50,000 signing bonus to associates joining us from judicial clerkships.

Associates also receive a generous benefits package, including an annual 401(k) contribution equal to approximately 3% of base salary. We further provide 18 weeks of paid leave for primary caregivers, and four weeks for non-primary caregivers, to care for newborn, foster, or adoptive children following birth, adoption, or foster placement.

  • Icon Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Icon Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Icon Life insurance
  • Icon Travel insurance
  • Icon Matching 401k contribution
  • Icon Maternity and paternity leave
  • Icon Flu Shot program
  • Icon Access to fitness facilities
  • Icon Paid office parking

“On my first day at the firm, I was told I was on a trial team that would be headed to arbitration in exactly three months. Before I learned where the copier was, I was drafting witness outlines for direct and cross examinations for a five-day arbitration."

Lana Birbrair, Harvard, clerked for Hon. Nannette Jolivette Brown, U.S. District Court for the E.D. of Louisiana.

Our Partners

Led by two Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, we have successfully tried dozens of cases in forums across the country, and amassed an extraordinary record of high-profile victories. Our attorneys have collectively participated in over 150 trials, and our partners are recognized as among the country’s top trial lawyers.

Many are veterans of prominent national law firms such as Wachtell Lipton, Williams & Connolly, Cravath, Davis Polk, Munger Tolles, Cleary Gottlieb, Gibson Dunn, and Irell & Manella. Three of our partners served as assistant U.S. attorneys – two in the Central District of California and one in the Southern District of New York.

Together, our lawyers have created one of the top trial boutiques in the country. Our clients bring us their most important matters and include T-Mobile, Amgen, GlaxoSmithKline, Qualcomm, Sempra Energy, Edwards LifeSciences, the University of California, and many others.

“In only two years of practice, I have participated in two trials, taken and defended numerous depositions, and drafted and argued many motions... Hueston Hennigan has provided every early opportunity I hoped for. "

Joe Reiter, University of Michigan, clerked for Hon. Andrew J. Kleinfeld, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Accolades & Awards

In less than one year after opening our doors, Hueston Hennigan was named as one of the “Top Boutiques of 2015” by the Daily Journal, and in 2016 was named by Law360 as one of the “5 Go-To Boutique Trial Firms.”

Hueston Hennigan has been named among the Top 12 “Best Law Firms to Work For” by Vault and to Vault’s “150 Under 150,” a list of “the best-known and most sought after firms with fewer than 150 attorneys.” The firm is ranked as a top tier boutique by Best Lawyers/U.S. News and World Report, and was named one of the nation’s “Top 5 Go-To Boutiques,” by Law360. Our White Collar/Crisis Management practice was named 2016 Litigation Department of the Year by The Recorder.

  • Icon Top 100 U.S. Trial Lawyer
  • Icon Law360 MVP
  • Icon California Attorney of the Year
  • Icon Top 100 Lawyers in California
  • Icon Litigation Stars
  • Icon Top Attorneys Under the Age of 40
  • Icon Top 50 “California Lawyers on the Fast Track”
  • Icon Top 100 Women Lawyers

To apply, please email your resume, transcript and a writing sample to careers@hueston.com

Trial Fellows

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Every two years, we hire four exceptional recent college graduates to our Trial Fellow program. This program provides real-life experience to those considering careers as trial lawyers. It immerses fellows in the practice of law at one of the nation’s most prestigious litigation boutiques. From the day they arrive at Hueston Hennigan, fellows are assigned to assist partners and associates on the firm’s most significant matters. Fellows become members of the trial team, helping with all tasks, assuming more responsibility as they progress, and assisting our lawyers on-site during trials around the country. In addition, our fellows become certified paralegals.

This opportunity is ideal for creative, diligent college graduates who are considering a career in law and want to work with talented and innovative lawyers in a collegial and collaborative environment.

We will be accepting applicants in Summer 2019

“For anyone who is thinking of becoming an attorney or paralegal, I would definitely recommend this experience.”

Angie, past participant in the Trial Fellows Program
  • What the Fellows Say

    Each year we accept 4 Trial Fellows to join our ranks at Hueston Hennigan. During your time as a Trial Fellow, we make sure you experience a wide range of tasks that are a part of being an attorney. Each participant gets to engage daily in a variety of tasks, including: performing direct legal support work for both large and small cases, interviewing clients, working closely with both partners and senior associates and going to trial.

  • What the Fellows Say

    Each year we accept 4 Trial Fellows to join our ranks at Hueston Hennigan. During your time as a Trial Fellow, we make sure you experience a wide range of tasks that are a part of being an attorney. Each participant gets to engage daily in a variety of tasks, including: performing direct legal support work for both large and small cases, interviewing clients, working closely with both partners and senior associates and going to trial.

  • What the Fellows Say

    Each year we accept 4 Trial Fellows to join our ranks at Hueston Hennigan. During your time as a Trial Fellow, we make sure you experience a wide range of tasks that are a part of being an attorney. Each participant gets to engage daily in a variety of tasks, including: performing direct legal support work for both large and small cases, interviewing clients, working closely with both partners and senior associates and going to trial.

“My favorite experience at Hueston Hennigan has been going to trial. It was a really great experience!”

Nairi, past participant in the Trial Fellows Program