Active in the bar and public interest arena, Hunter was chair of the New York City Bar Committee on Inter-American Affairs and a member of the Council on International Affairs. The Committee’s recent work included a detailed look at private equity in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. Hunter also works with US clients looking for investment opportunities or acquisitions in Colombia.
He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Bar Associations of New York State, New York City, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. He is an award-winning advocate for HIV and AIDS care in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. In June 2016, Hunter, as co-lead counsel, signed a settlement agreement with the Chilean government, which agreed to legislate marriage equality. In May 2012, Hunter, together with Ciro Colombara, leading Chilean human rights lawyer, filed a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights alleging that the Chilean Constitutional Tribunal and Supreme Court committed human rights violations under the American Convention on Human Rights when they ruled that same sex couples are not entitled to civil matrimony, even couples who are legally married in Canada and Argentina. Hunter carries the struggle for equal marriage rights to South America and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in hope of achieving a civil rights victory for same-sex couples in Chile and beyond.
He is the co-author (with Prof. Elizabeth Cooper of Fordham University Law School) of the New York State Bar Association’s acclaimed 2009 Report on Same-sex Couples and Marriage. He also did pro bono work for victims of September 11, after he was himself displaced from his home on Battery Park by the terrorist attacks.
Hunter served on the Latin America Advisory Committee of the Hillary Clinton Campaign for President in 2008. He often speaks professionally to lawyers and industry groups on the subjects of fiduciary obligations, investigations, e-discovery, attorney-client privilege, attorney professional obligations, and HIV and AIDS issues.