Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Headquarters1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York, United States
No. of offices8
No. of attorneys950[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
Revenue(Gross revenue) $1,301,773,000 (2017)[2]
Date foundedPredecessor firm founded in 1875
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP ("Paul, Weiss" or the "Firm" ) is an international law firm headquartered on Sixth Avenue in New York City. The firm has corporate, bankruptcy, personal representation, entertainment law, and litigation practices.[3] In addition to its headquarters in New York, Paul, Weiss maintains offices in Washington, D.C., Wilmington, Delaware, Toronto, London, Tokyo, Beijing, and Hong Kong.

The firm was ranked #2 for average partner compensation and #4 for profits per partner in the 2018 AmLaw 100 report.[4] Starting July 1, 2018, associate salaries range from $190,000 for first-year associates to $350,000 for senior associates (in addition to annual bonuses).[5][6]

The Firm maintains Band 1 and 2 rankings from Chambers & Partners across several practice groups including Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, White Collar Crime Litigation, Government Investigations, Media & Entertainment, and Tax.[7] Paul, Weiss was ranked #10 in Vault's annual ranking of the 100 most prestigious law firms in the United States.[8]

Political contributions[edit]

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Paul, Weiss was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $1.23 million, 81% to Democrats.[9] By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats,[9] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[10] Since 1990, Paul, Weiss contributed $5.44 million to federal campaigns.[11]

Notable representations[edit]

  • Paul, Weiss represents detainees held by the U.S. military at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. A number of the detainees went on a hunger strike to protest alleged inhumane conditions. In response, prison authorities force-fed detainees. Paul, Weiss attorneys filed an emergency application demanding information about the condition of the detainees. In a ruling in October 2005, Judge Gladys Kessler of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the government to provide the detainees' lawyers with 24 hours' notice before initiating a force-feeding, and to provide lawyers with the detainees’ medical records a week before force-feeding.[citation needed][12]
  • Paul, Weiss assisted Thurgood Marshall reverse the doctrine of "separate but equal" in Brown v. Board of Education.[13]
  • Paul, Weiss represented Edith Windsor in challenging the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor in 2013.[14]
  • Paul, Weiss issued the report in the Deflategate football inflation controversy in 2015.[15]
  • Paul, Weiss advised the casino operating unit of Caesars Entertainment in its bankruptcy proceedings, taking over the role from O'Melveny & Myers in 2011. It later became known that Apollo Global Management, a private equity sponsor of Caesars, was also a Paul Weiss client. Paul Weiss was found to have a conflict of interest in the matter, although an investigation found no actual harm to Caesars or its creditors.[16]
  • Paul, Weiss represented the China Medical Technologies (CMED) Audit Committee in investigating an anonymous letter alleging possible illegal and fraudulent activities by management, prior to CMED being discovered to have been the subject of a $355 million fraud.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]
  • Paul, Weiss' major clients include Time Warner Cable, Motorola, DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios, Sony, Hasbro, Major League Baseball, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham International, Michael Kors, Kate Spade & Company, Ralph Lauren Corporation, Apollo Global Management, Oaktree Capital Management, Blackstone, BlackRock, Kohlberg & Co., Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Centerview Partners and UBS.[24]


On October 10, 2007, Paul, Weiss was included in a ranking of law firms by the national law student group Building a Better Legal Profession.[25][26] The organization ranked firms by billable hours, demographic diversity, and pro bono participation. Paul, Weiss was noted as being in the top fifth of firms researched in number of Asian, female, and LGBT associates, and in all other categories it was rated in the 61st to 80th percentile except female partners (40th to 59th percentile) and Hispanic associates (21st to 40th percentile).[27]

Name partners[edit]


  1. ^ The American Lawyer.
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  3. ^ "Our Practice". Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  4. ^ Patrice, Joe. "Am Law 100 Released — A Lot Of Firms Made A Lot Of Money". Above the Law. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  5. ^ Rubino, Kathryn. "Paul Weiss Makes Their Compensation Statement". Above the Law. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  6. ^ "Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP|Company Profile|". Vault. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  7. ^ "Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP - New York - Law Firm Profile - Chambers USA 2018 - Chambers and Partners". Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  8. ^ "Most Prestigious Law Firms|". Vault. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  9. ^ a b "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". Center for Responsive Politics.
  10. ^ "Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Organizations: Paul, Weiss et al". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  12. ^ Debra Burlingame; Thomas Joscelyn (March 15, 2010). "Gitmo's Indefensible Lawyers". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  13. ^ "Our Practice". Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  14. ^ "Our Practice". Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  15. ^ Wells, Theodore V., Jr.; Karp, Brad S.; Reisner, Lorin L. (May 6, 2015). "Investigative report concerning footballs used during the AFC Championship game on January 18, 2015" (pdf). Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  16. ^ Randles, Jonathan (March 16, 2016). "Paul Weiss Missed Caesars Conflict, Examiner Says". Law360.
  17. ^ In Re China Medical Technologies, Inc., 522 B.R. 28 (2014),
  18. ^ Ryan, Lisa (30 April 2015). "Paul Weiss Fights Med. Co. Liquidator’s Bid For Docs," Law360.
  19. ^ Scuria, Andrew (20 February 2015). "Ch. 15 Liquidator Renews Push For Paul Weiss Docs," Law360.
  20. ^ "China Medical Technologies, Inc. Announces the Substantial Completion of an Independent Internal Investigation," AngloChinese Investments, 30 July 2009.
  21. ^ Coe, Abra (1 October 2015). "Paul Weiss Must Pony Up Privileged Docs On Defunct Med Co.," Law360.
  22. ^ Michaels, Margarita (30 September 2015) "Paul Weiss ordered to reveal privileged information from investigation on behalf of bankrupt Chinese medical company," Global Restructuring Review.
  23. ^ In Re: China Medical Technologies, Inc., Opinion and Order (S.D.N.Y. 2015).
  24. ^ "Our Clients". Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  25. ^ Amir Efrati, You Say You Want a Big-Law Revolution, Take II, "Wall Street Journal", October 10, 2007.
  26. ^ Adam Liptak, In Students’ Eyes, Look-Alike Lawyers Don’t Make the Grade, New York Times, October 29, 2007,
  27. ^ Thomas Adcock and Zusha Elinson, Student Group Grades Firms On Diversity, Pro Bono Work, "New York Law Journal," October 19, 2007,

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