|Paul Hastings LLP|
|Headquarters||Paul Hastings Tower
|No. of offices||20|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Key people||Seth M. Zachary, Chair of Firm; Greg Nitzkowski, Managing Partner|
|Founder||Lee Paul, Robert Hastings, Leonard Janofsky|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
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.
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.
Paul Hastings ranked 2nd on The American Lawyer's A-List of the 20 most successful law firms in America. It was ranked in the Top 20 of the "FT Law 50 2010", the Financial Times' ranking of Europe's most innovative law firms. Paul Hastings has grown to become one of only two US firms founded after 1950 to reach the top 15 in the US. The American Lawyer recognized Paul Hastings in its September issue for the firm's significant improvement in the 2010 Midlevel Associates Survey. The firm soared into the top 10, ranking sixth overall in this nationwide survey of associates. Paul Hastings also ranked twelfth in The American Lawyer's Summer Associates Survey 2010.
Paul Hastings was one of the first US firms in Asia, and today remains a leader in the region with offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. 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.
- 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.
- "Paul Hastings Ranked Among Top Five Law Firms in the 2010 Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers Report" (Press release). Paul Hastings. Retrieved 10 July 2012.