Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (known as Paul, Weiss) is an international law firm headquartered on Sixth Avenue in New York City.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Headquarters1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York, United States
No. of offices8
No. of attorneys1,020 [1]
Major practice areasAntitrust, bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, communications, technology, employee benefits, executive compensation, entertainment, environmental, intellectual property, litigation, personal representation, private equity, real estate, tax
Key peopleBrad S. Karp, chairman
Revenue(gross revenue) $1,387,694,000 (2019)[1]
Date foundedPredecessor firm founded in 1875
Company typeLimited liability partnership
Paul, Weiss's core practice areas are in litigation and corporate law.[2] In addition to its headquarters in New York, the firm has offices in Washington, D.C., Wilmington, Delaware, Toronto, London, Tokyo, Beijing, and Hong Kong.
1875 - 1949
The firm that eventually became Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison was started in New York in 1875 by Samuel William Weiss and Julius Frank as a general commercial practice.[3][4] In 1923, Samuel’s son, Louis Weiss, started his own firm with John F. Wharton.[3] That firm later merged with Samuel’s firm, and the new firm became Cohen, Cole, Weiss & Wharton.[4] In the 1930s, the firm represented one of the Scottsboro boys.[3] In 1946, Lloyd K. Garrison[5] and Randolph Paul joined the firm,[6] bringing the firm up to thirteen lawyers.[7] The name changed to Paul, Weiss, Wharton & Garrison.[3]
In 1946, Paul, Weiss became the first major New York law firm to have a woman partner, Carolyn Agger.[8][7] Agger worked in the firm’s Washington office, which was established the year she was hired.[4] Three years later, in 1949, the firm hired William I. Coleman Jr., a Black graduate of Harvard University Law School.[4] This was the first time that a major New York City law firm hired a person of color.[9] 1949 was also when the firm moved its headquarters to midtown Manhattan.[4]
1950 - 2000
In 1950, Simon Rifkind joined the firm and it became Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.[3] At the time, the firm had 12 partners, only one of whom did trial work;[3] Rifkind wanted to change that and started to grow the firm’s litigation department.[10] Then, in 1957, Arthur Liman joined the firm.[11] He later served as chief counsel in the Senate investigation of the Iran-Contra affair in 1987.[12] In 1966, Rifkind recruited Theodore Sorensen who became the firm’s first international lawyer.[13][14] He drafted a constitution for Tajikistan in 1993 when the nation emerged from the former Soviet Union.[15][4]
Notable representations
Pro Bono
Paul, Weiss lawyers performed an average of 130 hours of pro bono work in 2019, and two-thirds of their attorneys contributed at least 20 pro bono hours.[27][28]
In 2018, Paul, Weiss worked pro bono to try and find over 400 parents who were separated from their families at the southern border of the United States and then deported.[29] The work was part of the federal American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.) lawsuit, which was brought against the Trump administration over its family separation policy.[30] A.C.L.U. asked Paul, Weiss to head the committee that worked with three nonprofits to find the parents.[31] By November, almost all of the 400 deported parents had been found.[32]
In 2019, Pablo Fernandez was released from jail after being wrongfully convicted of murder.[33] He’d served over twenty-four years in prison.[33] Lawyers from Paul, Weiss served as his pro-bono defense team.[33]
In 2020, Paul, Weiss said it wanted to unite law firms and public-interest organizations across the U.S. in a pro-bono effort to root out racism.[34] Attorney Jeh Johnson of Paul, Weiss was assigned to serve as New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s Special Advisor on Equal Justice in the Courts.[35]
William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. was the first black lawyer hired at the firm. When he was hired in 1949, it was the first time ever that a major New York City law firm hired a person of color as an associate.[36][37]
Pauli Murray, a civil rights and women’s activist, was an associate at Paul, Weiss from 1956-1960.[38]
Jeh Johnson, a lawyer and the fourth director and secretary of Homeland Security, was hired by Paul, Weiss in 1994 as the firm’s first African-American partner.[39] After he stepped down from Homeland Security in 2017 he rejoined the firm’s litigation department.[39] Loretta Lynch, the first black woman to serve as United States attorney general, joined Paul, Weiss in 2019 as a litigation partner.[40] Ted Wells, a prominent trial attorney, is also a partner at Paul Weiss.[41]
In 2019, the nonprofit group Lawyers of Color reported that Paul, Weiss had the highest percentage of black lawyers of the 400 firms it ranked.[40]
In 2020, women comprised 26% of Paul, Weiss’ partnership, all equity partners.[42] This is slightly higher than the average for law firms (23.6% as reported by the National Association for Law Placement).[42]
On October 10, 2007, Paul, Weiss was included in a ranking of Manhattan law firms by the national law student group Building a Better Legal Profession.[43][44] The organization ranked firms by billable hours, demographic diversity, and pro bono participation. For diversity among partner attorneys, the firm was ranked in the 61st to 80th percentile for Black, Hispanic, Asian, and LGBT categories. Paul, Weiss was also ranked number 52 out of the 74 firms evaluated, for opportunities for advancement for female attorneys.[45][43]
Paul, Weiss received criticism when an announcement for the firm's new partner class was shared by the firm's LinkedIn page in early December 2018. The announcement displayed the photos of the 12 attorneys in the partner class; 11 of whom were men, and all of whom were white. The announcement generated discussions on diversity within the legal community, and prompted an open letter from more than 170 General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers expressing their disappointment that firms like Paul, Weiss "continue to promote partner classes that in no way reflect the demographic composition of entering associate classes."[46][47][48]
In 2018, Paul Weiss was criticized when it released a photograph on its Linkedin of recently promoted partners, all of whom were white.[49] Additionally, the photograph included only one woman partner who had been relegated to the bottom corner of the image.[50] Although Paul Weiss had a reputation for being more diverse than other elite big-law firms, the announcement drew criticisms that even "diverse" big-law firms still partook in racist and sexist methods of employment and promotion. The photograph served as a "lightning rod" for the growing frustration that elite law careers are still largely reserved for white men.[51]
In January and February 2020, students at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, New York University School of Law, and the University of Michigan Law School protested the firm's recruitment events over its representation of Exxon Mobil Corporation.​[52]​[53]​[54]​[55]
Name partners
See also
List of largest law firms by profits per partner
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