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Paul Hastings LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
HeadquartersPaul Hastings Tower
Los Angeles
No. of offices22
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Key peopleSeth M. Zachary, Chair of Firm; Greg Nitzkowski, Managing Partner
Date foundedNovember 1, 1951
FounderLee Paul, Robert Hastings, Leonard Janofsky
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Paul Hastings LLP, formerly known as Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, is an international law firm with 22 offices worldwide. Paul Hastings serves a diverse client base that includes many of the top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.[1] Originally known as a California-based firm focusing on labor and employment, the firm now has wide-ranging work in many practice areas and sectors throughout the globe.[2] It is one of the largest law firms in the United States, with over $1.22 billion of revenue in 2018.[3]


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.

The firm's expansion beyond Los Angeles was part of the founders' vision for the firm. in November 1, 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.


Paul Hastings ranked 1st two years in a row in The American Lawyer's 2014 and 2015 A-List of the 20 most successful law firms in America.[4] 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.[5] 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[6]

Paul Hastings was one of the first US firms in Asia, and today maintains 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. Paul Hastings opened an office in 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The European practice advises clients across the continent on matters of French, German, Italian, UK, US, and EU law and regulation.

One of the firm's major practice areas is acting as designated lender counsel in private equity buyouts.[7]

Notable current or former attorneys[edit]

  • Ronald Barak (born 1943), Olympic gymnast
  • Olga Belosludova, first Russian attorney in Japan.
  • Ralph B. Everett, first African-American partner at Paul Hastings and adviser to several U.S. presidential campaigns.[8]
  • Jay C. Gandhi, first South Asian American federal judge in California, was a partner at the firm.
  • Robert Luskin, specialist in white-collar crime and federal and state government investigations, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course in Global Anti-Corruption.
  • Thomas P. O'Brien, former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, joined Paul Hastings in 2009.[9]
  • Dina Ellis Rochkind, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury and lead Senate staffer on the JOBS Act

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, California Law Firm Reviews Ratings Rankings Law Firm News Law Firm Salaries & Legal Gossip".
  2. ^ "History of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP – FundingUniverse".
  3. ^ Tribe, Meghan. "Revenue, Partner Profits Hit New Highs at Paul Hastings". The American Lawyer. ALM Media Properties. Archived from the original on 2019-11-16. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  4. ^ "The A-List". The American Lawyer. 1 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Paul Hastings Ranked Second Most Innovative Law Firm in Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2013 Report" (Press release). Paul Hastings. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Sorkin, Andrew Ross (2016-01-04). "A Growing Conflict in Wall St. Buyouts". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  8. ^ "Ralph Bernard Everett's Biography". The HistoryMakers.
  9. ^ Jones, Ashby. "Paul Hastings Lands O'Brien, the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles". WSJ. Retrieved 2016-11-30.