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A Historic Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion


Individuality and diversity of ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are valued here. Our firm’s commitment to cultural progress can be seen throughout our history. Our work has contributed to groundbreaking societal change, from assisting Thurgood Marshall in Brown v. Board of Education, to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory for Edith Windsor and marriage equality.
A firm’s culture greatly influences the experience of every attorney. We are proud of the collaboration, cooperation and innovation that takes place at Paul, Weiss every day. We intend to provide all of our attorneys with the necessary tools to build stellar, rewarding careers in an inclusive environment. Our diversity and inclusion initiatives also support that goal through the efforts of our Diversity and Women's Initiatives Committees, and a diversity and inclusion strategy implemented by our Chief Inclusion Officer.

Click here to learn more from Firm Chair Brad Karp, and to read the Firm Principles outlined by Simon Rifkind in 1963.

Awards and Recognition

Paul, Weiss has been recognized many times over for our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Recent awards and recognition include:

  • In 2019, the firm was recognized as the top firm nationally for our percentage of black attorneys according to the nonprofit Lawyers of Color in their Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools and Law Firms.
  • Ranked among the top 25 “Most Diverse Law Firms” for 17 consecutive years, with two number one rankings, by The American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard.
  • In 2018, awarded the Law Firm Diversity Award by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY).
  • Awarded Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for our advancement of women lawyers for the past four consecutive years.
  • In 2018, ranked sixth among large law firms on Law360’s list of the Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys – higher than any peer firm.
  • Ranked fifthon The American Lawyer’s “A-List” in 2018, the only firm among peers listed in the top 25 firms for our percentage of female equity partners.
  • In 2018, ranked 16 (out of 197) on The National Law Journal’s 2018 LGBT Scorecard.
  • In 2017, ranked among the top 25 firms for Minority Partner Representation by The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard.
  • Ranked fifth among large law firms on Law360's Top 10 Firms for Minority Equity Partners list in 2017.
  • Recognized by The American Lawyer in 2013 as the #1 firm for diversity over the past decade.
  • Honored by the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) with the 2016 Excellence in Corporate Diversity Award.
  • In 2016, honored by the New York City Bar as the only law firm to have consistently participated in the Diversity Fellowship program for the past 25 years.
  • Ranked by Law360 among “The 100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys” in 2016.
  • Consistently named among the top U.S. law firms for diversity in the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.
  • Proud member of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).
  • Proud member of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

Women at Paul, Weiss

In this video, partners, counsel, associates and alumnae discuss what it's like to practice at Paul, Weiss and the strength of the firm's commitment to gender diversity and inclusion at all levels:

Read more from our Women’s Initiative Committee Co-Chairs and deputy chair here.

Inclusive Networks



The firm supports several Networks that contribute to the overall inclusiveness of the firm’s culture, while providing opportunities for members to forge supportive connections. The Networks (Asian-Pacific Lawyers, Black Lawyers, Family, Latinx Lawyers, Pride @ Work and Women) are open to all interested attorneys and focus on internal relationship building, career development, recruitment and client development. The Networks offer support, facilitate discussion and provide opportunities for networking inside and outside of the firm. By cultivating lasting ties with clients, law student organizations, bar associations, alumni and nonprofit groups, each network helps to make Paul, Weiss more inclusive.


Read more about our Networks here.

Mentoring Program


We focus on developing our women and diverse associates early in their careers. A notable component of this approach is the Diversity Mentoring Program. Voluntary and open to all racially or ethnically diverse and LGBTQ first- through third-year associates, the program pairs each diverse mentee with a partner mentor, regardless of race or sexual orientation, in his or her department. The Diversity Mentoring Program helps to form important working relationships at the beginning of young lawyers’ development and has advanced the careers of our diverse attorneys. The Women's Mentoring Program for midlevel women associates features one-to-one matching with a partner mentor and a formal curriculum meant to enhance the mentees’ career development skills. The program also features social outings and events to strengthen the cohesiveness of women associates at this stage in their careers.

“Today, I feel it’s the same welcoming, supportive place it was when I had my first interview and I’m proud of our ongoing diversity efforts — which range from our official mentoring programs, our participation in several programs that introduce undergraduates and high school students to the legal profession and our hosting of an annual diversity event.” - Corporate partner Amran Hussein, pictured with mentor Robert M. Hirsh, Of Counsel

Annual Diversity Networking Reception


Our Annual Diversity Networking Reception has become the premier summer networking event in New York City. The event connects lawyers and business professionals of color with one another and with the larger legal and business communities.

“We want to use our commitment to diversity and inclusion to create a mosaic of our professional community. It is thrilling to see so many talented professionals of color, right here in this room, who are going to be the catalyst for change in the 21st century.”

Visit our site to watch the video, here


Patrick Campbell, corporate partner

Making a Difference

Paul, Weiss is committed to providing impactful pro bono legal assistance to individuals and organizations in need across a broad range of constitutional, civil rights and other public interest matters. From helping Thurgood Marshall reverse the doctrine of "separate but equal" in Brown v. Board of Education to representing Edith Windsor in challenging the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, our attorneys have achieved landmark victories in civil rights cases that have changed society for the better. Today, we are a leader in nationwide efforts to secure equal rights for the LGBTQ community, advance racial justice, challenge restrictive voting laws, and protect the rights of Americans with disabilities.

In recent pro bono matters promoting diversity and inclusion, the firm:

  • Joined an ABA amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions policies.
  • Represented Edith Windsor in the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
  • Represented Asian-American police officers in a suit against their employer proving that promotion practices had a disparate and discriminatory impact in violation of Title VII.
  • In Davis, et al. v. City of New York, represented 400,000 NYCHA residents alleging discriminatory and unlawful NYPD stop and frisk practices, resulting in a settlement that included changes to NYPD procedures.
  • Filed an amicus brief on behalf of 113 women lawyers in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas laws restricting abortion services as unduly burdensome.

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