Firm Profile > Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP > New York, United States

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
1285 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS
NEW YORK, NY 10019-6064
United States

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

One of the US’ leading antitrust trial teams’, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's deep bench was further strengthened in June 2020 by the arrivals of William Isaacson and Karen Dunn from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. The former recognized for his expertise in actions facing social media and digital platforms, whereas the latter has experience in both defense and plaintiff-side mandates. Jointly leading the group are financial services expert Aidan Synnott and hi-tech specialist Andrew Finch in New York, alongside Washington DC-based Rick Rule, 'one of the most renowned figures in the US antitrust field'. Also in Washington DC, Kenneth Gallo is rated for his robust IP-related antitrust practice and Joseph Bial impresses with his experience of international cartel and anti-monopoly cases. Key workflows for the team include cases alleging monopolization, price-fixing, predatory pricing, bid-rigging and exclusive dealing. In September 2020, Jonathan Kanter, former co-chair of the group, left the firm to launch his own law practice in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Synnott; Andrew Finch; Rick Rule

Other key lawyers:

Ken Gallo; Bob Atkins; Craig Benson; Karen Dunn; Joseph Bial; William Isaacson

Testimonials

‘Paul Weiss has brought in one of the US’ leading antitrust trial teams, one with unparalleled courtroom experience, but one with deep practical perspectives on how to address the complex issues attendant to any antitrust case.’

‘Deepest bench of trial counsel in the country, they always have someone available.’

‘Rick Rule is one of the most renowned figures in the US antitrust/competition field. He understands the dynamics of this practice and always seizes the right moment to bring solutions to complex cases. Joe Bial is a resourceful lawyer with economics PhD background and experiences at a plaintiff bar as well. He is tirelessly diligent and always thoughtful about foreign clients that have hard time in dealing with the US system.’

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The white-collar and regulatory defense team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP advises high-profile corporates and individuals on major regulatory and enforcement matters. The team, which includes former senior government officials and assistant US attorneys, focuses on AML, FCPA, criminal antitrust matters, insider trading, securities fraud and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) cases. Firm chairman Brad Karp is noted for his experience representing Fortune 100 companies and global financial institutions in ‘bet the company’ litigation and regulatory matters. Another key figure is Theodore Wells, who is rated for white-collar defense work and civil litigation. Roberto Finzi, a former federal prosecutor, handles enforcement proceedings and internal investigations, and Lorin Reisner acts for companies, boards of directors and senior executives in a wide range of litigation. Several partners joined the team from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in early 2021, including Walter Brown, a very highly regarded litigation and investigations expert in San Francisco. All named attorney are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp; Jessica Carey; Roberto Finzi; Lorin Reisner; Richard Tarlowe; Theodore Wells

Other key lawyers:

Loretta Lynch; Jeannie Rhee; Walter Brown; Melinda Haag; Randy Luskey

Testimonials

‘The team was brilliant, they were easy to work with, always up to speed and gave great counsel’. 

‘The work was pro bono and I was treated as if I was a full paying client’.                

‘Deep knowledge and experience’.

‘Very focused on the client’.

‘They show a great deal of empathy and kindness’.                           

‘Very good at explaining both the advantages and disadvantages of a particular strategy or decision’.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a track record of success some of the most complex and high-stakes litigation in the financial services sector. The team's antitrust practice is especially notable, as it represents major banks such as Morgan Stanley and Citigroup in both state and federal litigation, as well as in investigations by regulators. The practice is also adept at handling novel matters, a recent example of which is its representation of the state of Qatar in a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court against a number of banks alleging the manipulation of the market for Qatar's currency and bonds. Practice head Brad Karp is widely respected for his work in securities and white-collar crime litigation. In one highlight of 2020, Karp won the dismissal of a breach of fiduciary duty case brought against the Blackstone Group by beneficiaries of the Kentucky state pension system, in a case that had the potential to act as a test case for similar litigation. Susanna Buergel is a specialist in securities litigation with a close relationship with Citigroup, which she represents in antitrust and False Claims Act disputes. Daniel Kramer is another key figure in the team's securities litigation practice; he is currently leading the aforementioned Qatar litigation.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 1

From offices in New York and Washington DC, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP consistently attracts mandates from prominent corporates and financial services companies in their most urgent disputes. Recognized by the industry as a top flight lawyer, Brad Karp's recent work includes securing a landmark victory on behalf of defendant Blackstone Alternative Asset Management in a $50bn derivative lawsuit. Also of note, Karp secured the dismissal of a putative securities class action against Ericsson in January 2020. Highly regarded trial lawyer Theodore Wells continues to advise on ExxonMobil's high-profile disputes related to alleged violations of environmental law, having already secured several wins for the client across the US, including a complete defense verdict in a landmark trial in New York state court. Jaren Janghorbani is noted for her remarkably diverse commercial litigation practice; she has recently been engaged by CBS Corporation's former directors in the defense of a shareholder class and derivative action in Delaware regarding CBS and Viacom's $30bn merger. All named attorneys are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amazon

Apple

Blackstone Alternative Asset Management

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of CBS

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Theodore Wells - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP An 'elite trial lawyer with great instincts', Theodore Wells in New York is highly regarded for his diverse corporate defense practice and is rated by clients as 'a real force in the courtroom'. His depth of expertise in financial services litigation is illustrated by various career highlights, such as representing Bank of America in a securities class action relating to its acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co, and securing a complete defense verdict for Citigroup in a multibillion-dollar fraud claim by PE firm Terra Firma. Recently, Wells was retained by a large pharmaceutical company in complex litigation, resulting in a global settlement.

Karen Dunn - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner Karen Dunn, based in Washington DC, has a leading reputation in litigation involving technology and social media clients. Of recent note, Dunn was sought out by Amazon to replace its former legal counsel in a major putative class action regarding its fair pricing policy; trial is set for August 2021. In addition to corporate defense work, Dunn is also recognized for her pro bono practice; she is currently pursuing a case on behalf of 22 individuals injured in the Charlottesville protests that took place in 2017, instigated by a group of white supremacists.

Brad Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Based in New York, firm chairman Brad Karp is regularly involved in closely watched disputes, with an emphasis on financial services and corporate litigation. Of recent note, he is acting for the independent directors of former CBS Corp in defense of a shareholder and derivative action concerning the CBS-Viacom merger, which plaintiffs allege  involved a breach of fiduciary duties. Karp is also acting for various financial institutions including Citigroup and Morgan Stanley in a number of complex antitrust disputes.

William Isaacson - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Based in Washington DC, William Isaacson has an excellent reputation in antitrust, IP and consumer class action matters. In February 2020, he secured a major win for Uber Technologies in an arbitration trial brought by users of Uber's services, alleging that its business model violated the Sherman Antitrust Act. Currently, Isaacson is acting for Amazon in a putative antitrust class action regarding its fair pricing policy, representing one of the largest such cases ever filed in the US. On the plaintiff side, he handles notable civil rights litigation for clients on a pro bono basis. Isaacson was formerly a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

Jay Cohen - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's M&A litigation group is largely based in the New York office and is widely regarded as one of the best in the country. The firm has 'first-rate lawyers of the highest degree' and clients note that 'matters can be big or small and they bring the same level of diligence and quality of guidance'. Chaired by Andrew Gordon and Jaren Janghorbani, the practice group continues to be involved in the most high-profile disputes in the market and, in 2020, it handled four of the first major material adverse event (MAE) cases arising from Covid-19, as well as a full docket of shareholder disputes. Gordon and Janghorbani won at trial for Channel Medsystems in an MAE litigation against Boston Scientific Corporation, which had unsuccessfully sought to terminate a $275m acquisition. With key partner Geoffrey Chepiga, they also represented 1-800-Flowers.com in a case brought by Bed Bath & Beyond, which alleged the company had breached its agreement to purchase PersonalizationMall.com. Lewis Clayton, who handled a high-value case for Comtech Telecommunications Corp, and newly promoted partner Alexia Korberg are also key to the practice. The firm also has an office in Wilmington, staffed by counsels and associates, handling transactional and contentious M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Gordon; Jaren Janghorbani 

Other key lawyers:

Geoff Chepiga; Lewis Clayton; Alexia Korberg

Testimonials

‘Multi-industry expertise. Always available. Always on top of the material. A first-class product.’

‘First-rate lawyers of the highest degree. Matters can be big or small and they bring the same level of diligence and quality of guidance.’

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 1

'The team is responsive, develops sound litigation strategies and is great to work with', says a client of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. The firm is acknowledged to be a go-to firm for bet-the-company securities litigation for financial institutions, large corporations and their directors and officers, with equal strengths in shareholder class actions, derivative suits, and government investigations and enforcement actions. Firm chair Brad Karp oversees the practice with co-chairs of securities litigation Susanna BuergelAudra Soloway and Andrew Ehrlich. Soloway, who is 'effective in bringing cases into focus and developing strategies for dismissal', defeated a putative class action for AEA Investors arising from its IPO and secondary public offering. Karp, Buergel and veteran litigator Richard Rosen handled class action litigation and regulatory investigations for Morgan Stanley in which plaintiffs allege conspiracy to rig the pricing of Treasury Bills. Daniel Kramer is another prominent practitioner; he is currently handling a matter for biopharmaceutical giant Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Contacts in Washington DC include Kenneth Gallo, who is co-chair of the litigation department, and emerging talent Jane O’Brien.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp; Susanna Buergel; Andrew Ehrlich; Audra Soloway

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and develops sound litigation strategies. The team is excellent and great to work with.’

‘I really appreciate Audra Soloway and her leadership. She is quite effective in bringing cases into focus and developing strategies for dismissal.’

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's New York-based practice group is respected equally for its deep experience in representing debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 and 15 cases, and for its ability to provide end-to-end service on large-scale, resource-heavy mandates, working in conjunction with the firm's stellar litigation, corporate, tax, real estate and environmental teams. The department is also marked out by the strength of its bench: co-chairs Paul BastaAndy Rosenberg and Alan Kornberg are supported by deputy Brian Hermann, who has been singled out by a number of clients; Alice Belisle Eaton focuses on exit financings and specialized finance structures; Kyle Kimpler has particular expertise in bankruptcy-related litigation; Andrew Parlen's broad practice covers acquisitions of distressed companies; and Elizabeth McColm advises clients across a range of sectors, frequently focusing on the areas of energy and shipping.

Practice head(s):

Alan Kornberg; Paul Basta; Andrew Rosenberg

Testimonials

‘We have had a relationship with Paul Weiss with their bankruptcy and litigation groups for more than 20 years now. Their level of expertise and responsiveness is second to none.’

‘The expertise and intellectual heft of all of the Paul Weiss individuals gives us great confidence.’

‘The team at Paul Weiss Restructuring stands out. There is strong consistency on the team in terms of quality of legal advice and subject matter mastery, personnel, and general culture.’

‘I have valued their commercial intensity, quality legal advice, and superior client service orientation.’

‘Very commercial, high quality people, deep bench of talented lawyers, very strong related practices so they can handle the most complicated transactions with relative ease.’

‘Brian Hermann is the perfect blend of a commercial attorney who gets complicated deals done, but who also has the ability to effectively litigate if that is what the situation requires. He’s always available for his clients and is never flustered or caught off guard. He’s truly at the top of his game, and of the profession.’

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s executive compensation practice is jointly led from New York by Jean McLoughlin, Andrew Gaines and Lawrence Witdorchic, who are active in high-value M&A transactions, most recently on deals in the healthcare, media, technology, hospitality and financial services sectors. The group has notable strength in assisting with tax and securities-related issues pertaining to equity-based benefits and deferred compensation packages. Additionally, the team lends its expertise to restructuring matters, withdrawal liability issues and pension plan investment strategies.

Practice head(s):

Jean McLoughlin; Andrew Gaines; Lawrence Witdorchic

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is recognized here for its blue-chip client base and its deep and experienced team of transactional lawyers, who have a range of sector expertise and capabilities in wider corporate issues, including governance, shareholder issues, and takeover defense. The team regularly acts for major clients such as Chevron, Anadarko, and IBM on large-scale deals with significant market impact. Scott Barshay is a key name, and is a long-standing adviser to IBM, Chevron, and other key clients. In 2020 Barshay advised Teledoc on its $18.5bn acquisition of Livongo Health, a major development in the telehealth industry. Recently-promoted partner Laura Turano also played a key role in that mandate. Rachael Coffey also made partner in 2020, and has built a solid reputation in major public and private M&A deals. Other names to note include Robert Schumer, a regular adviser to clients including CBS and Authentic Brands with great expertise in both transactions and activist defense work; global M&A co-chair Jeffrey Marell, who works with top corporates as well as investment funds; Ariel Deckelbaum, a trusted adviser to corporates, high-net-worth individuals, and alternative asset managers; and Steven Williams, an experienced M&A counsel with a diverse practice encompassing domestic and cross-border transactions, joint ventures, and takeover defense. Kyle Seifried is a prolific younger partner who has worked on major deals including Chevron's $13bn acquisition of Noble Energy.

Practice head(s):

Scott Barshay

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

IBM

Chevron Corporation

Kraft Heinz

General Electric

Qualcomm

General Motors

Teladoc Health

Honeywell

ViacomCBS

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP maintains a prolific buyout practice, acting on behalf of major relationship clients including Apollo, General Atlantic, and Oakhill Capital. It also works on a variety of portfolio transactions, carve-outs, take-privates, and disposals. Alongside its regular work for key clients, the firm has also expanded its share of work for other leading funds such as Blackstone and Brookfield, and was involved in standout PE-backed transactions during 2020, including Inspire Brands'  $11.3bn acquisition of Dunkin’ Brands Group. The practice group is jointly led by Matthew Abbott, a key name in the team, who advised on a number of major transactions, and regularly works with General Atlantic in particular; and Taurie Zeitzer, who maintains a productive relationship with Apollo, and is recognized as a market leader in this space. Ted Ackerman is noted for his broad expertise across buyouts, carve-outs, equity investments, and broader corporate matters on behalf of PE clients, while Angelo Bonvino works regularly on behalf of Ares Management, KKR, and other bulge-bracket funds. Also recommended are Ellen Ching, who has enjoyed a successful year, particularly in healthcare-sector deals, working for Marathon Health on its partnership with OurHealth; and Neil Goldman, who remained active in buyouts and portfolio deals on behalf of General Atlantic and others. Brian Lavin and Justin Rosenberg are both recognized as up-and-coming partners. All named lawyers are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Abbott; Taurie Zeitzer

Testimonials

‘The PW team is outstanding. They have tremendous global expertise in all aspects of the financing and acquisition markets. They are extremely detailed oriented and we get excellent support from both their senior and junior team. They are extremely responsive in very tight timeframes. They provided balanced, thoughtful advice and know how to break through on tough issues. They are also very creative in coming up with solutions for difficult problems.’

‘Responsiveness, detail orientation, problem solving, balanced, get it done yesterday. Paul Weiss makes a habit of crushing deadlines and helps put us in a position to win deals. They take an approach to get us sound legal agreements but do not try and over reach. They are also very thoughtful around billing rates and amounts that fit our budget.’

Key clients

3G Capital

KKR

Apollo Global Management

Kohlberg & Co.

Ares Management

KPS Capital Partners

Brookfield

Oak Hill Capital Partners

CI Capital Partners

Palladium Equity Partners

Crestview Partners

Roark Capital Group

D1 Capital

Sagewind

Declaration Partners

Searchlight Capital Partners

EagleTree Capital

The Carlyle Group

General Atlantic

TPG

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s firmly integrated tax practice is well placed to structure and implement efficient tax structures for M&A, spin-offs, financings, securities offerings, fund formations, recapitalizations and restructurings. Its firm-wide, full-service collaboration across the full life cycle of a deal benefits a broad range of clients, which turn to the New York-based team for its ability to handle high-value and often very high-profile transactions. In recent months, the team has also handled a number of reorganizations for major energy providers, led by department co-head Scott Sontag. Other key figures include veteran transactional lawyer Brad Okun and co-chair emeritus Jeffrey Samuels, who regularly handles major transactions for clients in manufacturing, hospitality, telecoms and consumer goods sectors, among others. David Mayo is recommended for corporate and partnership taxation, and Robert Holo joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Scott Sontag; Brad Okun; Jeffrey Samuels

Other key lawyers:

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

At Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a group proficient in antitrust issues frequently handles large and intricate multi-regulator investigations and subsequent follow-on litigation. The team is skilled at handling civil and grand jury investigations launched by the DOJ, the FTC, and the European Commission. It also specializes in price-fixing and bid-rigging investigations, particularly in the manufacturing, insurance, and financial services sectors. In New York, Aidan Synnott and Andrew Finch lead the practice group along with Rick Rule, a Washington-based attorney viewed as ‘one of the most renowned figures in the US antitrust/competition field’. DC-based colleagues Joseph Bial and Kenneth Gallo are also key team members. In September 2020, former group co-chair Jonathan Kanter departed to found his own law practice in the capital.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Synnott; Andrew Finch; Rick Rule

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Bial; Kenneth Gallo; Craig Benson

Testimonials

‘Rick Rule is one of the most renowned figures in the US antitrust/competition field. He understands the dynamics of this practice and always seizes the right moment to bring solutions to complex cases.’

‘Joe Bial is a resourceful lawyer with an economics PhD background who is tirelessly diligent and always thoughtful about foreign clients that have a hard time dealing with the US system.’

Key clients

Nippon Chemi-Con Corporation

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's broad antitrust practice fields a deep bench of lawyers with expertise across the full range of merger control issues, including Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, merger investigations and reviews, and high-profile defense matters before the DOJ and FTC. The team has served as lead antitrust counsel on major deals, representing AB InBev on its proposed acquisition of Craft Brew Alliance, and also representing Alexion in its acquisition of Protola Pharmaceuticals. The team's senior leaders include Washington DC-based Andrew Finch, a former Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the DOJ's Antitrust Division and an accomplished litigator; Charles Rule, who maintains a broad antitrust practice and has experience in securing merger clearances from US and international agencies, including the European Commission; and New York's Aidan Synnott, who works prolifically with public companies and private equity funds, such as KPS Partners and Mitsubishi International, on merger clearances for business-critical strategic acquisitions and sales.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Finch; Aidan Synnott; Charles Rule

Key clients

ADT Inc.

KPS Capital Partners

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Kraft Heinz Company

Anheuser‐Busch InBev SA/NV

Mastercard International Inc.

Apollo Global Management

Mitsubishi Chemical

CI Capital Partners

Oak Hill Capital Partners

Cigna

Refinitiv US, LLC

Elanco

Teladoc Health

Farelogix

The Medicines Company

HAL Investments, Inc.

Uber Technologies

Kohlberg & Co.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has ‘very strong team on sponsor side’, frequently representing private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on acquisition financings involving high-yield debt offerings; private equity giant Apollo Global Management is an anchor client. The firm has a wider public company-driven practice that was especially active in pandemic-related high-yield debt offerings in 2020, notably in the travel, leisure, fashion and apparel, and entertainment industries. Gregory Ezring  is global head of the finance and capital markets group, and has a solid record of representing private equity houses and their portfolio companies in high-yield offerings. John Kennedy   is co-global head of the capital markets team and impressed in 2020 with a series of Covid-19 crisis-related deals, including representing Carnival Corporation, the cruise line operator, on a string of high-yield debt offerings linked to the temporary cessation of its operations.

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Ezring; John Kennedy; Brian Janson; Tracey Zaccone

Testimonials

‘A very strong team on sponsor side.’

‘Greg Ezring is one of the best. Brian Jansen and Mark Wlazlo are both excellent.’

Finance > Commercial lending Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a very strong reputation among its peers. Based in New York, the finance group works with many of the world largest private equity sponsors and funds on complex acquisitions, recapitalizations and other leveraged transactions. Many of the team members have long-standing relationships with major private equity houses; Gregory Ezring, for example, handles almost all major financing transactions for Apollo Global Management. Also adept at advising corporate borrowers, 2020 saw the firm consulted by a number of companies, including Carnival Corporation and SeaWorld, to assist with urgent financings necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The group is jointly led Ezring and Robert Zochowski Jr., and includes senior names such as Monica Thurmond and Thomas de la Bastide in addition to up-and-coming practitioners like Brian Janson. David Tarr joined the team from Willkie in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Ezring; Robert Zochowski Jr.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

KPS Capital Partners

Aptiv PLC

Revlon, Inc.

Ares Management

Roark Capital Group

Carnival Corporation & plc

Spectrum Brands

Dana Incorporated

Taylor Morrison

Diamond Offshore

The Chatterjee Group

Elanco Animal Health

Towerbrook Capital Partners

Foresight Energy

TPG Capital

General Atlantic

Wave Division Management

Kohlberg & Company

Weatherford International

Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's New York-centred team is best known for its expertise in whole-business securitizations, as well as its experience in IP securitizations and structured transactions for entertainment industry clients. The department is led by Jordan Yarrett, who is widely recognized as a market leader in whole-business securitization, most notably in the fast food restaurant sector. Robert Zochowski Jr. is an expert in securitizations involving esoteric assets such as film and media assets, patent royalties, leases and hydrocarbon reserves. Claudine Meredith-Goujon, a partner in the IP department, has experience in structured transactions with heavy IP aspects. In August 2020, the firm welcomed the arrival of Charles Pesant from White & Case LLP. Pesant has experience advising debtors and creditors on restructuring matters involving securitizations.

Practice head(s):

Jordan Yarrett

Other key lawyers:

Robert Zochowski; Charles Pesant; Claudine Meredith-Goujon; Lawrence Wee

Testimonials

‘An intense depth of knowledge based on long experience means I can rely on Paul, Weiss for timely and thoughtful analysis no matter what comes up. There is never an occasion when this team in challenged or stumped.’

‘Jordan Yarett and his team know more about niche transactions than almost anyone in the world. When you add pragmatism, clear eyed analysis and advice that is always timely it.’

‘Whole business securitization experience has proven valuable to make sure we have best in class terms and service.’

Industry focus > Sport Tier 2

Based in New York, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP represents a diverse range of clients in all types of litigation, transactional and regulatory matters. Clients include major sports leagues, franchises, investors, broadcast and cable companies, and athletes. Brad Karp is chairman of the firm and has long represented the NFL in matters, including lawsuits relating to concussions suffered by former players as a result of their time in the NFL. Lynn Bayard and Theodore Wells, Jr have also been heavily involved in the firm's work for the NFL. Bayard and Wells specialize in player health and safety issues, and complex civil and corporate litigation, respectively. Highly experienced litigator and trial lawyer Christopher Boehning is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘In-depth industry knowledge; ability to tap into contacts at various levels.’

‘Chris Boehning and Brad Karp are the lawyers you absolutely want to have on your side when things really matter.’

Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP remains active in the hedge fund space. The practice group is led by Udi Grofman, who advises several of the largest managers on fund formation and management, as well as on a wide range of ancillary matters such as employment, regulatory compliance, and disputes. Other key names within the team include Amran Hussein and Lindsey Wiersma.

Practice head(s):

Udi Grofman

Other key lawyers:

Amran Hussein; Lindsey WIersma

Testimonials

‘The partners provide not only an amazing knowledge of the law but also of the business they act as advisors and are proactive. Specifically, Udi Grofman stands alone as an advisor.’

‘Udi Grofman is far and away the most responsive and practical partner. He is easy to work with and takes on complex subject matter in a manner that makes it easy to understand and provides amazing solutions.’

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP remains a prominent firm in the field of private funds, with a client list that includes several of the market's largest names, including Blackstone, Apollo Global Management, and KKR among a slew of others. Practice co-head Marco Masotti is one of the firm's key names in fund formation mandates, and handles several of Apollo's fund launches including Apollo Hybrid Value II, which seeks to combine credit and equity into one fund and is targeting $7bn. Fellow co-head Udi Grofman is also highly experienced in a wide range of fund formation work, but is particularly notable for his work with hedge fund managers looking to expand into private equity funds, and with new managers launching their early funds. Other key figures within the team include Matthew Goldstein, who is particularly experienced in the fields of co-investments and direct investments, and also has an active fund formation practice; Amran Hussein, whose recent work has included several multibillion-dollar fund launches, including a General Atlantic $5bn rescue lending vehicle in a joint venture with Iron Park Capital Partners; and Lindsey Wiersma, who works on regulatory issues, management company arrangements, investment management M&A, and seed deals. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Marco Masotti; Udi Grofman

M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP maintains a busy full-service activist defense practice, which regularly defends blue-chip companies in high-profile campaigns by influential activists the likes of Elliott Management and ValueAct Capital. The group’s advisory work is equally notable; the team routinely adopts a proactive approach to risk management, warding off significant campaigns, and providing corporate governance advice to boards and special committees. Scott Barshay chairs the corporate department, which is based in New York, where other key contacts include former corporate department chair Robert Schumer, Jeffrey Marell, and Steven Williams.

Practice head(s):

Scott Barshay

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: litigation Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP operates under the leadership of Jay Cohen and Lynn Bayard, two highly respected IP litigators. Cohen is highly skilled in copyright infringement disputes and royalty rates disputes involving sound recordings. He has also acted in antitrust, defamation and broadcasting-related cases. Bayard is also highly skilled in disputes involving music royalty rates, as well issues involving health safety in sports and entertainment. Jonathan Kanter has left to set up his own practice.

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a diverse skill set covering the broadcast, satellite and telecoms sectors, with particular strengths in transactions surrounding major telecoms towers. The client base includes cable TV companies, private equity investors, as well as data centre corporations. Bruce Gutenplan leads the practice and is a well-known name in the market for tower transactions. He also has expertise in M&A and corporate finance in the telecoms and broadcast sectors.

Real estate > Real estate Tier 2

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a force to be reckoned with in the New York real estate market, having recently acted on major developments in all five of the City’s boroughs. The team acts for commercial and civic developers alike, at each stage of a project’s lifespan from initial site acquisition through to the pertinent development agreements and matters beyond. Transactional work is also key, with lawyers frequently acting in the purchase, financing and disposal of commercial, hospitality, industrial and multi-family assets through a range of joint venture and other investment vehicles. Meredith Kane is a household name in the leasehold condominium space, while Peter Fisch has a number of high-profile ground-up and multi-family projects under his belt; the pair jointly head the practice alongside Harris Freidus and Salvatore Gogliormella, both of whom specialize in matters involving healthcare and hospitality assets.

Practice head(s):

Meredith Kane; Peter Fisch; Harris Freidus; Salvatore Gogliormella

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable, efficient and productive. They have all areas covered with partners having expertise. They manage the matters to keep costs down without jeopardizing the work.’

‘Peter Fisch is fully committed and always available. His expertise is vast and his experience helps us reach our goals.’

‘Strengths lie in sharp draftsmanship and ability to see around the corners on issues. The firm also has been highly responsive in turning around edits.’

‘We predominantly worked with Salvatore Gogliormella. Sal is an excellent lawyer who is sharp, highly personable and very responsive.’

Key clients

CIM Group

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Rock Ventures

Rockefeller Group Development Corporation

Empire Resorts

Lendlease Americas Development

Loews Hotels

Northwell Health

Healthpeak Properties

Rose Associates

Tax > International tax Tier 2

New York-based Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP leverages its strong relationships with top-flight investment banks to regularly secure impressive transactions across a range of international jurisdictions. Co-chairs Brad Okun, Scott Sontag and Jeffrey Samuels, alongside key partners Brian Grieve and Robert Holo, provide tax structuring advice on headline M&A for global private equity funds and conglomerates. Among its recent highlights, the team handled a spate of impressive mandates for clients including General Electric, Ingersoll-Rand and IBM, the last of which Sontag advised on a groundbreaking $34bn combination with Red Hat. Lindsay Parks added to recent successes in the private equity-backed space, having handled multibillion-dollar acquisitions of China-based digital companies. David Mayo is recommended for structuring advice on corporate partnerships and tax-free mergers.

Practice head(s):

Brad Okun; Scott Sontag; Jeffrey Samuel

Key clients

Rocket Companies

Oak Hill Advisors

Teladoc Health, Inc.

KPS Capital Partners

General Electric

Roark Capital Group

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated

Värde Partners

Ingersoll-Rand plc

EagleTree Capital

L3Harris Technologies

Centerbridge

Nuance Communications

Foresight Energy LP

IBM

Diamond Offshore

Apollo Global Management

Pioneer Energy Services Corp

General Atlantic

3G Capital

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: plaintiff Tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's antitrust group has a long-standing reputation on both sides of the docket, and strengthened its plaintiff-side credentials in 2020 with the hire of former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP partner William Isaacson , one of the nation’s foremost antitrust trial lawyers, boasting decades of experience in successfully representing plaintiffs in high-stakes antitrust cases nationwide. Isaacson is serving as lead counsel to the direct purchaser plaintiffs (Animal Science Products) in a class action against four Chinese companies—the first price‐fixing case in the US brought against a Chinese company.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Finch; Aidan Synnott; Rick Rule

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP excels in appeals at the US Supreme Court, as well as all federal and multiple state courts of appeals. Practice chair Kannon Shanmugam is widely recognized as one of the most respected and prolific litigators in the US Supreme Court. Shanmugam racked up a recent victory for the petitioner in the high-profile separation of powers case of Seila Law LLC v Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in which the highly divided Court delivered a 5-4 judgment in holding that provisions relating to the Bureau’s leadership and structure are unconstitutional. Further, the team is adept at handling claims brought before the Federal Circuit; Nicholas Groombridge is a key name to note in this regard.

Practice head(s):

Kannon Shanmugam

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Blackstone Alternative Asset Management

Henry Schein, Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.

Seila Law, LLC

DNF Associates

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is active in both private and public offerings, gaining particular recognition for its issuer representation. Building on its standing as a frequent advisor to major private equity houses and financial sponsors (as well as their portfolio companies) the firm also impressed in 2020 with advice to public companies facing severe liquidity shortfalls due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Notably, the firm advised Carnival, the world's largest leisure and travel company, on a series of debt offerings to address Covid-related liquidity constraints. Gregory Ezring is global chair of the finance and capital markets groups, and is a regular advisor to anchor client Apollo Global Management, and its portfolio companies. John Kennedy is at the forefront of debt offerings for public companies facing liquidity constraints, particularly in the high-yield segment. Global co-head of the capital markets group, Brian Janson, and key partner Tracey Zaccone are also noted for high-yield debt and convertible note offerings. Zaccone has also been active in Covid-related financings by private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Ezring; John Kennedy; Brian Janson; Tracey Zaccone

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Wee; Patricia Vaz de Almeida; Mark Wlazlo

Testimonials

‘The team at Paul Weiss are wizards. They can tackle the most complex issues, insure the company is protected and explain the impacts in easy to understand business terms. Because they have taken the time to fully understand our business they have the ability to help structure deals that work well for us.’

‘People’s dedication and willingness to do whatever it takes to get this job done goes above and beyond what I have seen elsewhere. They are not just great professional lawyers, but provide solid business advice in every circumstance with a logical commercial approach. John Kennedy, Lawrence Wee and Patricia Vaz de Almeida are the three individuals that stand out the most for me.’

‘Greg Ezring, Mark Wlazlo and Brian Janson are all great.’

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a steady pipeline of equity engagements, particularly from issuers, with recent mandates spanning public company offerings, equity issuances by private equity houses and their portfolio companies, and SPAC offerings. The firm landed a series of headline and high-value equity deals in 2020, including those involving Covid-related liquidity problems. Gregory Ezring leads the finance and capital markets group and John Kennedy co-heads the capital markets team; he led the team that advised Rocket Companies on its $2bn IPO in 2020 and represented Carnival in a series of equity and debt offerings to address its liquidity constraints during the Covid-19 crisis. Brian Janson is another senior figure in equity offerings by public companies, private equity houses and SPACs.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Ezring; John Kennedy; Brian Janson 

Other key lawyers:

Tracey Zaccone; David Huntington; Raphael Russo

Testimonials

‘John Kennedy and David Huntington are both very good.’

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP's New York-based team predominantly advises issuers and end-users on the design, negotiation and execution of derivative instruments and transactions. The group's expertise spans a wide variety of asset classes, including credit, equity, fixed income, distressed debt, commodities and foreign exchange. Manuel Frey heads the department and has significant experience in cross-border over-the-counter derivatives. In August 2020, the group welcomed Charles Pesant from White & Case LLP, who brings with him expertise in risk retention.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Frey

Other key lawyers:

Brad Finkelstein; Matthew Goldstein; Brian Grieve; Tracey Zaccone; Charles Pesant

Industry focus > Environment: transactional Tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is well positioned to advise a balanced roster of stakeholders, including buyers, sellers, lenders, underwriters and issuers of securities, engaged in high-value domestic and cross-border transactions. Environmental experts form interdisciplinary teams with members of the firm's other departments to successfully navigate environmental issues that arise in strategic M&A, financings, real estate deals and joint ventures. Moreover, the team is also sought out for assistance with a range of sustainability concerns as ESG issues increasingly become subject to close public and regulatory scrutiny. Practice head William O’Brien (New York) is a member of the firm's climate change working group, and advises public and private companies on the environmental aspects of their most impactful investments.

Practice head(s):

William O’Brien

Other key lawyers:

Deepa Sarkar

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP covers all areas of IP law, with notable experience representing clients on copyright cases, including copyright class actions, digital media copyright controversies, and royalty rate-setting. Based in New York, Lynn Bayard represents clients in the areas of media, sports, and entertainment, while Jay Cohen, a highly regarded trial lawyer, focuses on IP issues in the media and entertainment sectors. This expertise reflects the strengths of the wider team, which is active in the music, film, and fashion industries, among others.

Practice head(s):

Jay Cohen; Lynn Bayard

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP demonstrates particular strength in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors, with notable recent victories in biosimilar patent litigation and ANDA litigation, but also impresses with its experience in the energy, electronics, technology, including computer software and hardware, telecoms and financial services sectors. The group's strong PTAB practice is of particular relevance for its pharmaceutical, biotechnology and technology clients and the complementary expertise in Federal Circuit and ITC proceedings allows clients to rely on the firm as a one-stop patent litigation shop, able to coordinate proceedings in the different US venues. Practice head Nicholas Groombridge, deputy practice head Catherine Nyarady, Eric Alan Stone and Jennifer Wu are based in the New York office. The key Washington DC contacts are Steven Baughman, counsel Megan Raymond an of counsel David Ball.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Groombridge

Testimonials

‘Rarely, if ever, have I dealt with a professional so expert in the knowledge of his craft and so persuasive meetings and court as Eric Stone. Eric was at my side whenever I needed him. He was always informed and up-to-date. He was creative and had an ability to seemingly see around corners–as he predicted the next steps of our opponents extraordinarily well. I would be remiss in not also commending Jennifer Gordon, who was expert in providing biotech sector knowledge and who was a joy to work with.’

‘Eric Stone is a giant in the land of IP law. His knowledge in this specialized area is renowned, but his spirit and attention to the task at hand is what makes him excel compared to his competitors. He is very client-oriented and completely focused on the client’s interest.’

‘Outstanding team, super smart, trial focused.’

‘Eric Stone is phenomenally smart and strategic. He stays two moves ahead of everyone else. Nick Groombridge is a tremendously talented courtroom advocate.’

‘They brought a very high skill level, professionalism, empathy and respect.’

‘Nicholas Groombridge provided calm and expert leadership to the team. Catherine Nyarady brought a tenacity and fun energy that made her a true leader among the global team. They both brought a humility that helped ensure global cooperation of firms. They aren’t just lawyers. They are leaders and highly skilled attorneys at the top of their game in dealing with complexity.’

‘The Paul Weiss patent litigation team is incredibly creative and detail-oriented. Best patent and technical experience in the business. The judges love these lawyers because they are obviously accurate, fair, and ethical. This team wins at an incredible rate compared to any law firm I know.’

‘Steve Baughman wins through hard work, attention to detail and accuracy, civility, and innovative approaches to winning. I trust him to present my cases to decision makers. Megan Raymond is thoroughly prepared and works extremely hard to present your best case. The team’s associates Saurabh Gupta and Stefan Geirhofer are better educated than any associates I have ever worked with.’

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 3

The ERISA litigation experts at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP are regularly engaged by household-name corporate sponsors and fiduciaries to defend clients in high-value litigation. Practice head Lewis Clayton has secured significant wins for insurance and financial services clients in multibillion-dollar stock-drop claims and breach of fiduciary actions alleging excessive fees of mutual funds and underperforming investments. The group also handles actuarial malpractice disputes and healthcare benefits disputes. The team is based in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Clayton

Media, technology and telecoms > Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 3

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP focuses on corporate transactions concerning TV, print media, OTT services and live events. Charles Googe chairs the team and is an expert in transactions involving IP rights, licensing and technology. Deputy chair of the corporate department Ariel Deckelbaum is another key name; he has extensive experience in M&A, joint ventures and restructuring. Similarly, Michael Vogel is a recommended corporate lawyer with a focus on the entertainment sector and noted expertise in acting for media companies and investment houses. All named lawyers are based in New York. 

Practice head(s):

Charles Googe

Other key lawyers:

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a well-developed global offerings practice, which advises a range of non-US issuers on investment grade and high-yield debt offerings. Clients note the firm's capabilities for businesses that are dual-listed in Canada and the US. Indeed, it has strong connections to Canadian issuers and financial sponsors, in part through its Toronto office where key partners Adam Givertz and Christopher Cummings divide their time with New York. Moreover, teams led by New York's Andrew Foley advised Canadian Natural Resources on its $1.1bn debt offering, and also assisted Canadian Pacific Railway with its $500m senior unsubordinated unsecured notes offering in 2020. European and Asian issuers are also among its clients.

Testimonials

‘Adam Givertz is an incredibly talented, experienced and practical lawyer. The best external counsel the company has to go to for advice and transactional support. A tremendous asset for the company in its endeavours.’

‘A well established and experienced, user-friendly team.’

‘Mark Bergman is very experienced and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The Paul Weiss team led by Andrew Foley provides a unique cross-border perspective for Canadian public companies which are listed in both Canada and the US. The team understands the law and its practical implications on both sides of the board which is very valuable.’

‘Andrew Foley knows the particular challenges and pitfalls faced by companies that are both listed and operate in Canada and the US. He is very responsive and strategic in his advice.’

Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 5

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is recognized for its involvement in landmark patent litigation in the biopharmaceuticals industry, highlighted by Washington DC litigators Nicholas Groombridge and Catherine Nyarady representing Amgen and others in multiple precedent-setting litigations concerning biosimilar products. In another standout case, Kenneth Gallo, a leading patent litigator with particular experience in oncology therapy, has recently defended Genentech in a infringement lawsuit in the District of Delaware brought by Baxalta concerning its potentially life-changing hemophilia treatment HEMLIBRA® (emicizumab). Also recommended is counsel Eric Alan Stone, who is sought out by innovators in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device areas.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Gallo; Nicholas Groombridge

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

10x Genomics

Amgen Inc.

Becton, Dickinson & Co.

Genentech

Cabaret Biotech, Ltd.

Channel Medsystems

Johnson & Johnson

Chugai Pharmaceutical

rankings-lawyer > United States

Chairman: Brad S. Karp

Firm Overview:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 1,000 lawyers with diverse backgrounds, personalities, ideas and interests who provide innovative and effective solutions to clients’ most complex legal and business challenges. The firm represents some of the world’s largest publicly and privately held corporations and financial institutions, asset managers and entrepreneurs, as well as clients needing pro bono assistance.

Main Areas of Practice:

Litigation/White Collar & Regulatory Defense Practices:
Home to the nation’s most formidable trial lawyers and litigation strategists, Paul, Weiss has an unmatched track record of successfully handling the highest-profile litigations and regulatory investigations, in every forum and before every regulatory and enforcement agency. The team, which includes many former senior government officials, represents companies and boards in their most sensitive matters and internal Investigations and is the world’s leading crisis management firm.

Securities:
Recognized as having the nation’s preeminent securities litigation and regulatory practice, the firm guides global corporations, financial institutions, boards and individuals through “bet-the-company” securities-related crises, winning trials, prevailing on motions or negotiating favorable resolutions. 

Antitrust:
Paul, Weiss handles antitrust litigation, counseling and investigations; advises on transactions; and advocates before regulators. With a deep bench of former antitrust officials and first-class trial lawyers, the team has a deep track record of successfully handling matters involving significant reputational and financial exposure.

Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation:
Paul, Weiss handles high-impact appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts, securing appellate victories involving the nation’s most important business and public interest issues.

Intellectual Property:
The firm’s patent litigators represent corporations in enterprise-threatening disputes, including trials, appeals and proceedings before the PTAB and the ITC. The team includes leading trial lawyers and Patent Office practitioners and patent examiners, former Federal Circuit law clerks and lawyers with degrees in many scientific disciplines. It also has a leading copyright, trademark and trade secrets practice.

M&A Litigation:
The firm defends clients in complex disputes in the M&A context, including litigation filed in state and federal courts, under expedited discovery timetables.

Anti-Corruption & FCPA:
The firm advises clients on all types of FCPA and corruption-related matters, including conducting internal investigations, government investigations and enforcement proceedings, compliance programs and transactional anti-corruption diligence.

Product Liability:
Paul, Weiss has successfully defended industrial and medical product companies in their largest and most complex product liability matters, and has negotiated and administered landmark settlements.

Cybersecurity & Data Protection:
The firm helps clients manage and respond to fast-moving data breach situations while advising them on effective, proactive strategies to reduce business risk.

Transactional Practices:
Paul, Weiss advises the world’s largest corporations, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and investment managers on their most complex legal and business challenges. The firm’s lawyers are recognized internationally as leaders in M&A, private equity, finance, capital markets, investment management, transactional IP, corporate governance, restructuring, executive compensation, real estate and tax.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Paul, Weiss advises the world’s largest public and private companies, private equity firms, boards of directors and special committees, management teams, entrepreneurs, financial institutions and investors on their most significant M&A and activist defense matters.

Private Equity:
The firm represents leading buyout and investment firms and their portfolio companies on leveraged buyouts, majority and minority stakes investments, sales and divestitures, recapitalizations, venture capital deals, joint ventures and securities offerings.

Finance:
The firm has one of the industry’s leading leveraged finance practices, an award-winning securitization team, and experience in project financings and complex derivatives structures.

Capital Markets:
The firm represents issuers and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in some of the most complex public and private securities offerings in the market.

Investment Management:
The firm excels at private fund formation and the full range of investment advisory services, working with private equity, credit and hedge fund managers on their most sophisticated matters.

Transactional IP:
The firm’s IP transactional group, comprised of IP specialists who are corporate generalists, is a critical component of the firm’s private equity and public company M&A capabilities.

Corporate Governance:
The firm guides clients on applicable securities laws, disclosure obligations and other regulatory regimes; helps develop effective compliance programs; advises special committees on fiduciary duties issues; and oversees highly sensitive investigations.

Tax:
The firm’s tax lawyers play critical roles in strategizing and structuring transactions, collaborating with the firm’s other practices to create innovative and advantageous tax solutions.

Executive Compensation:
The firm’s technically masterful, solutions-oriented team advises on compensation matters in connection with M&A transactions and proxy statements, and on ERISA fiduciary matters for funds and plan fiduciaries.

Restructuring:
The firm represents debtors, creditors, lenders and investors across all industries in complex restructuring matters, including litigation and transactions involving financially distressed companies. The firm also represents leading purchasers of distressed companies and assets.

Real Estate:
The firm works with prominent institutions in the development, financing, acquisition and sale of major real estate projects, helping break new ground on transformative residential, commercial and retail projects.

Sustainability & ESG:
The firm has a dedicated, interdisciplinary team of lawyers and professionals who help boards and executives navigate the legal, business and political ramifications of developing and implementing Sustainability and ESG initiatives, including ESG-focused shareholder engagement.

Pro Bono:
The firm has a long tradition of providing impactful pro bono legal assistance to individuals and organizations in need; its renowned pro bono program spans all the core issues facing society.

 

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A Historic Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

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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:


https://www.paulweiss.com/about-the-firm/women/videos/hear-from-the-women-of-paul-weiss?id=23680

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

Inclusive Networks

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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

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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

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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

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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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