About Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 800 lawyers who collaborate with clients to help them solve their most challenging legal problems and achieve their business goals. Widely recognized as having leading litigation and corporate capabilities, the firm has developed equally strong practices in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, finance, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The firm has an unwavering dedication to representing those in need, and its pro bono efforts continue to benefit individuals and society.
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- The firm has a number of notable triumphs to its name. Some of the notable cases in the past were:
- Efforts to free the Scottsboro Boys by winning reversal of their conviction in the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Saving the Jews of Europe from the Holocaust by changing American policy toward immigration.
- Establish the principle of one-person one-vote by cracking Georgia's county-unit rule.
- Resisting the death penalty by defending scores condemned to die and obtaining a historic victory in the U.S. Supreme Court forbidding execution of the mentally disabled.
- Obtaining needed drugs for victims of AIDS by fighting FDA resistance to granting approvals.
- Fighting apartheid and helping to introduce democracy in South Africa by founding the South Africa Free Election Fund.
- Fighting discrimination against gays and lesbians by arguing the first legal test on gay marriage in New York.
- Other notable current accomplishments include:
- Defending the National Football League in the scores of lawsuits alleging that the League failed to disclose the cognitive risks associated with concussions.
- In November 2011 it obtained a significant victory for client Garmin, a global positioning systems technology company, in a patent suit brought by Triangle Software. The court handed down judgment in favor of Garmin, dismissing patent claims that alleged Garmin's portable navigation devices infringed five patents directed at traffic information technology.
- The firm has continued to represent Citi Group in a broad range of litigations, regulatory inquiries and transactional matters-including defeating a $4.5 billion claim brought by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) after a month-long arbitration, and dismissing billions of dollars of subprime-related securities claims.
- In July 2011 Paul, Weiss represented mobile network and telecommunications company Ericsson in connection with Rockstar Bidco, LP's $4.5 billion bid for bankrupt Nortel Networks' portfolio of over 6,000 patents. The biggest names in the tech sector, including Apple, Google and Intel, competed aggressively for the assets during an auction held in June, dramatically increasing the portfolio's value.
- Paul, Weiss advised Warner Music Group Corp.-the record label giant representing major artists including Madonna and Eric Clapton-in its sale to Access Industries for $3.3 billion. Warner Music is one of the "big four" recorded music businesses, and home to the labels Warner Bros., Elektra and Atlantic. It also owns Warner/Chappell Music, the third-largest music publishing business.
- In February 2011 Paul, Weiss won an important victory on behalf of clients Dow Jones and Fox News with the dismissal of an antitrust suit by Banxcorp Inc., a provider of online information about consumer finance interest rates. Plaintiffs had asserted violations of Section 1 of the Sherman Act and state antitrust laws.
Area of practice
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.
Anti-Corruption & FCPA
Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganization
Capital Markets & Securities
Communications & Technology
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Pension & Benefits Litigation
IP Litigation: Copyright & Trademark
IP Litigation: Patent & Other Scientific
Media & Entertainment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity Transactions
White Collar Crime & Regulatory Defense
Awards and recognitions
Paul, Weiss received honorable mention as a "Firm of the Year 2012" in the China - Corporate/M&A category in ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL magazine's sixth annual In-House Community "Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East 2012" survey.
In August 2012, Paul, Weiss was ranked among the top 10 for the second consecutive year in Vault's Top 25 Best Law Firms for Diversity.
The Hollywood Reporter named corporate partner Justin Hamill to its 2012 "Power Lawyer" list of the top 100 entertainment attorneys in America.
Beth Wilkinson was named one of National Journal's Most Influential Women, a group of 25 women that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton, Elena Kagan and Michelle Obama. The magazine compiled its list to showcase women "who are doing the most to shape" Washington, D.C. Beth is the only lawyer in private practice on the list.
For the tenth consecutive year, The American Lawyer has named Paul, Weiss to its annual "A-List." The ranking represents the most elite law firms in the nation, ranking the top 20 firms based on their revenue per lawyer, pro bono work, diversity, and associate training and satisfaction.
The American Lawyer's2012 Diversity Scorecard has ranked Paul, Weiss as one of the most diverse law firms, marking the tenth consecutive year the firm has achieved this honor.
Diversity was the basis of the formation of the firm. Its founders, by tradition, were unable to practice together owing to their differing religions, one was a Jew and the other a Gentile, decided to create a firm where diversity was the norm, not the exception. Most elite law firms profess a devotion to diversity. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a history of putting it into practice.
1946, Paul, Weiss hired William Coleman, an African-American, editor of the Harvard Law Review, and former Supreme Court clerk, at a time when no other firm would hire a black man despite his stellar qualifications. In 1949, the firm hired its first woman partner, Carolyn Agger, long before most competitors.
The firm has been ranked among the top 15 "Most Diverse Law Firms" for eight consecutive years since 2002.
Paul Weiss attributes its success to the unique skills, talents and viewpoints that lawyers from a variety of different backgrounds and beliefs bring to the firm. Since 1996, 30 percent of their partner promotions have been women; in their Litigation Department it has been 50 percent. Nearly 25 percent of their lawyers self-identify as ethnically diverse and almost five percent are openly gay.
Paul, Weiss is committed to investigating all reported policy violations and addressing the issue or issues, as appropriate. An employee who reports a violation of this policy will not be subject to retaliation in any form. Any retaliation against a complaining party by a Paul, Weiss employee, at any level, will be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
Summer associate program
The summer associate program at Paul, Weiss is more than just legal training. It's an introduction to the rich variety and depth of life in one of New York's most unique law firms. Associates have the opportunity to shape their own summer experience. They have the option of choosing one department to call home or can select a variety of different practice areas.
During the firm's summer program, an attorney coordinator assigns work, and summer associates can take assignments from as many or as few departments in which they are interested. Summer associates are expected to complete 11 to 15 assignments during the 12-week summer program, and typically spend about six hours a day doing billable work.
The associate will be matched with a team of lawyers including associates, counsel and partners. They will help the associates make informed decisions about the work they choose. In addition to their team, associates will be paired with a partner and an associate who will provide guidance and advice about their summer work. They will receive training in both substantive areas of law and practical legal skills in a mix of highly interactive small group trainings, individual skills development workshops and more traditional classroom style presentations.
Sessions are taught primarily by Paul, Weiss partners and associates from across the firm's practice groups. It's not all work and no play, from team sailing trips to baseball games and cocktail parties; associates will have plenty of opportunities to get to know their fellow summers, firm associates and partners.
While the social events are "great," respondents give the highest praise for the "terrific" associates and partners who "go out of their way to be accessible and to make you feel like a real person."
In 2011, the firm increased its summer class size to almost 100 summer associates and gave offers to all of them. All summer associates are paid $3,100 per week, regardless of class.
Working for the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Paul, Weiss is one of the world's leading law firms and offers employees a quality working environment. The firm provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without any sort of distinction. Work is challenging but enjoyable. There is a diverse mix of clients by size, industry and location.
The firm's culture provides the employees with a high-energy, engaging environment that fosters camaraderie and teamwork among lawyers - always with the understanding that their professional career is of the utmost importance. The firm also maintains an informal atmosphere: doors are almost always open, dress is business casual and first names are used for everyone.
That all being said, one must remember that the firm expects 2,000 hours billed each year. It is still grueling work for excellent pay, but at least it is in a collegial atmosphere. Paul Weiss is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to be an elite big firm litigator in New York City.