Mr Theodore V. Wells > Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Litigation, Anti-Corruption & FCPA, Internal Investigations, Product Liability, M&A Litigation, Professional Liability, Securities Litigation, White Collar & Regulatory Defense

Position

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Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1976; M.B.A., Harvard Business School, 1976; B.A., College of the Holy Cross, 1972

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers

(Hall of Fame)

Theodore WellsPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

(Leading trial lawyers)

Theodore WellsPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Theodore WellsPaul, 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.

Theodore WellsPaul, 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.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

(Hall of Fame)

Theodore WellsPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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.

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

(Hall of Fame)

Theodore WellsPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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.

United States > Industry focus > Sport

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.