Herbert Wachtell

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Herbert Wachtell
Born (1932-05-24) May 24, 1932 (age 82)
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University
New York University School of Law
Occupation Lawyer

Herbert Maurice Wachtell (born May 24, 1932) is a prominent lawyer and the co-founder of the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He graduated from New York University (B.S. 1952), New York University School of Law (LLB 1954, Order of the Coif), and Harvard Law School (LLM 1955).[1] From 1954-1955, he served as counsel to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, investigating the scandal later dramatized in the movie Quiz Show. From 1955–1957 he was Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York.[citation needed]

In 1965 he and his friends Martin Lipton, Leonard Rosen, and George Katz, founded the firm. The firm excels in big risk and complex, cross-border litigation.[citation needed]

Herbert Wachtell is one of the practice area's most respected figures. His international profile was enhanced by his role representing Silverstein Properties in litigation following the World Trade Center attacks.[2]

Herbert Wachtell is a recipient of the Chambers Lifetime Achievement Award in Litigation in 2006.[3] Videos of Wachtell arguing cases in the courtroom are shown in law school classes as examples of effective trial advocacy.

He was a Root-Tilden scholar at NYU Law school.[citation needed]

Wachtell is discussed in Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers; however, he is considered to be an extremely private person. He is married to Svetlana Stone Wachtell and has five children from previous marriages, Diane Wachtell, Jennifer Wachtell, Cynthia Wachtell, Daniel Wachtell, and Melanie Wachtell Stinnett.[citation needed]


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