Paul Hastings

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Paul Hastings LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Headquarters Paul Hastings Tower
Los Angeles
No. of offices 20
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Seth M. Zachary, Chair of Firm; Greg Nitzkowski, Managing Partner
Date founded 1951
Founder Lee Paul, Robert Hastings, Leonard Janofsky
Company type Limited liability partnership
Website
www.paulhastings.com

Paul Hastings LLP, formerly known as Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, is an international law firm with 20 offices worldwide. Paul Hastings serves a diverse client base that includes many of the top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.[1]

History[edit]

The Paul Hastings Tower in Los Angeles

Paul Hastings' first office was founded in Los Angeles in 1951 by Lee Paul, Robert Hastings, and Leonard Janofsky, three post–World War II attorneys.

The firm's expansion beyond Los Angeles was part of the founders' vision for the firm. In 1974, Paul Hastings first ventured outside of Los Angeles to nearby Orange County, California. From there, the firm continued to expand its size and geographic reach to better meet the needs of clients. In the 1970s, Paul Hastings began moving into the Asia-Pacific region, gaining a foothold by helping Japanese clients set up US operations, distribution, and joint ventures. In the following decade, the firm opened its Tokyo office, performing M&A and financing work for clients in the region as well as picking up new Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese clients. Today, Paul Hastings has one of the largest presences in Asia of any US law firm, with offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai, in addition to Tokyo and Seoul.[2]

Rankings[edit]

Paul Hastings ranked 1st in The American Lawyer's 2014 A-List of the 20 most successful law firms in America.[3] The firm was also ranked 2nd overall in a list of the top 40 most innovative law firms in the Financial Times' US Innovative Lawyers 2013 report.[4] Paul Hastings has grown to become one of only two US firms founded after 1950 to reach the top 15 in the US. The firm was recognized by Law360 as a Pro Bono Firm of the Year in 2013 and ranked 1st in the 2013 AmLaw Associate Tech Survey. Paul Hastings also ranked first as the Overall Best Firm to Work For by Vault.com. [5]

Paul Hastings was one of the first US firms in Asia, and today remains a leader in the region with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo. Additionally, Paul Hastings has a strong presence in Europe, with offices in key locations such as Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Milan, and Paris. The European practice advises clients across the continent on matters of French, German, Italian, UK, US, and EU law and regulation

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Media references[edit]

  • The Paul Hastings HQ building can be seen in the bird's eye view shown for Los Angeles in almost every episode of the TV series Alias. The LA office is also shown in the films Transformers, End of Watch, and Obsessed.

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