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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Headquarters 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York, United States
No. of offices 8
No. of attorneys 950[1]
Major practice areas Antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, communications, technology, employee benefits, executive compensation, entertainment, environmental, intellectual property, litigation, personal representation, private equity, real estate, tax
Revenue (Gross revenue) $1,109,500,000 (2016)[1]
Date founded Predecessor firm founded in 1875
Company type Limited liability partnership

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (Paul, Weiss) is an international law firm headquartered on Sixth Avenue in New York City. The firm has corporate, personal representation, entertainment law, and litigation practices. 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.

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.[2] By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats,[2] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[3] Since 1990, Paul, Weiss contributed $5.44 million to federal campaigns.[4]

Principles of equality and diversity[edit]

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.[5][6] 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).[7]

Notable representations[edit]

  • Paul, Weiss represents detainees who have been held by the U.S. military at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. While in Guantanamo, a number of the detainees went on a hunger strike to protest alleged inhumane conditions. In response, prison authorities force-fed detainees using feeding tubes allegedly shoved through the detainees' noses and stomachs without anesthesia or sedatives. Paul, Weiss attorneys filed an emergency application demanding that the government immediately provide defense lawyers with information about the condition of the detainees. In a history-making 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] The U.S. military attempted to ban all Paul, Weiss attorneys from Guantanamo after the discovery that attorney and partner Julia Tarver Mason was alleged to have illegally used "legal mail" as cover to pass inflammatory newsletters to detainees, an allegation later proved untrue; the decision to ban the firm was rescinded after a period of court filings.[8]
  • Paul, Weiss issued the report in the Deflategate football inflation controversy in 2015.[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • 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.[11][12][13] [14][15][16][17]

Name Partners[edit]


  1. ^ a b The American Lawyer.
  2. ^ a b "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". Center for Responsive Politics. 
  3. ^ "Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Organizations: Paul, Weiss et al". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Amir Efrati, You Say You Want a Big-Law Revolution, Take II, "Wall Street Journal", October 10, 2007.
  6. ^ Adam Liptak, In Students’ Eyes, Look-Alike Lawyers Don’t Make the Grade, New York Times, October 29, 2007,
  7. ^ Thomas Adcock and Zusha Elinson, Student Group Grades Firms On Diversity, Pro Bono Work, "New York Law Journal," October 19, 2007,
  8. ^ Debra Burlingame; Thomas Joscelyn (March 15, 2010). "Gitmo's Indefensible Lawyers". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Randles, Jonathan (March 16, 2016). "Paul Weiss Missed Caesars Conflict, Examiner Says". Law360. 
  11. ^ In Re China Medical Technologies, Inc., 522 B.R. 28 (2014),
  12. ^ Ryan, Lisa (30 April 2015). "Paul Weiss Fights Med. Co. Liquidator’s Bid For Docs," Law360.
  13. ^ Scuria, Andrew (20 February 2015). "Ch. 15 Liquidator Renews Push For Paul Weiss Docs," Law360.
  14. ^ "China Medical Technologies, Inc. Announces the Substantial Completion of an Independent Internal Investigation," AngloChinese Investments, 30 July 2009.
  15. ^ Coe, Abra (1 October 2015). "Paul Weiss Must Pony Up Privileged Docs On Defunct Med Co.," Law360.
  16. ^ Michaels, Margarita (30 September 2015) "Paul Weiss ordered to reveal privileged information from investigation on behalf of bankrupt Chinese medical company," Global Restructuring Review.
  17. ^ In Re: China Medical Technologies, Inc., Opinion and Order (S.D.N.Y. 2015).

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