John C. Hueston

John Hueston, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been described by Chambers and Partners as “hard driving, insightful and aggressive.” Twice recognized as a "California Lawyer of the Year," Mr. Hueston is the former chair of Irell & Manella’s Business Trial and Crisis Management practice. He has been selected to serve as lead trial counsel by Fortune 500 companies and by governments in a variety of cases, including business torts cases, securities and shareholder class action cases, patent litigation cases, trademark infringement cases, and environmental cases.

Mr. Hueston and his team recently secured a $5.15 billion settlement after trial, which represented the largest environmental recovery in U.S. history. A former lead prosecutor for the Enron trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, Mr. Hueston also devotes a substantial part of his practice to internal investigations, corporate crisis management and white collar criminal defense.

The American Lawyer magazine has recognized Mr. Hueston as one of the nation's Top 50 Young Litigators, and California Lawyer magazine twice has named him a "California Lawyer of the Year." Mr. Hueston is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor reserved for less than 1% of active lawyers who have "mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked with the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality." Chambers & Partners recognizes Mr. Hueston as a leading lawyer in commercial litigation and white-collar crime and government investigations. Benchmark Litigation has repeatedly recognized Mr. Hueston as a National Litigation Star. Lawdragon Magazine named Mr. Hueston one of "The 500 Leading Lawyers in America" in 2014. The Los Angeles Daily Journal has repeatedly named him as one of California’s 100 most influential lawyers. Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Hueston a "Lawyer of the Year" in 2015 and has recognized him annually since 2009. Mr. Hueston is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award.

As a prosecutor, Mr. Hueston was presented with four awards by three U.S. Attorneys General for his trial work, including the highest award bestowed by the U.S. Department of Justice.

As Forbes magazine noted of his work in the trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, where he served as a lead prosecutor, “John Hueston was quickly able to establish a clear, uninterrupted connection between fraudulent activities at Enron and the two defendants ... a methodically researched presentation of evidence proving the defendants’ guilt.” The Los Angeles Times described Mr. Hueston’s cross-examination of Lay as “devastating” and TheAssociated Press called him “the perfect David to Lay’s Goliath.”

Good to know

Job Types Partner
Areas of Practice 1) internal investigations and 2) corporate crisis management and white collar criminal defense
Law School Yale Law School (J.D.,1991)
Education Dartmouth College (B.A.,1986)
Most recent firm Hueston Hennigan LLP
LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnhueston
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