Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
New York City, United States
|No. of offices||1|
|No. of attorneys||260|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Revenue||(−0.9%) US$580 million (2010)|
|Founder||Herbert Wachtell, Jerry Kern|
|Company type||General partnership|
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is a law firm which operates out of a single office in New York City. It is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, topping The Vault Law 100 ranking of the United States' best law firms for over a decade. The firm is known for being a global leader in business law, regularly handling the largest and most complex transactions . The firm is also noted for having the highest profit per partner of any law firm in the United States.
The firm rose to prominence during a time on Wall Street in which many brokers and investment bankers started their own small companies, but received little attention from established white-shoe law firms such as Sullivan & Cromwell, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
The firm is known for its skill in mergers and acquisitions. One of the founding partners, Martin Lipton, invented the so-called "poison pill defense" during the 1980s to foil hostile takeovers. Working both sides of the mergers and acquisitions game, Wachtell Lipton has represented blue-chip clients like AT&T, Pfizer, and JP Morgan Chase. The firm is also known for its skill in business litigation, and has handled many of the precedent-setting Delaware corporate governance cases.
For many years, it has been the most profitable large law firm in the US on a per-partner basis according to the American Lawyer's annual AmLaw 100 Survey. The firm also ranks at the top of other various surveys, including the Vault.com Associates Survey, and was ranked as the Most Prestigious Law Firm to Work For by the AveryIndex.
- William T. Allen, of counsel — former Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery; NYU Law School professor
- Allison Christians, associate — H. Heward Stikeman chair in Taxation: McGill University Faculty of Law
- Miguel Estrada — attorney and former judicial nominee
- Chaim Fortgang, partner & former Head of the bankruptcy department - "involved in almost every headline bankruptcy of the [1990s] and beyond
- Glenn Greenwald, associate — political columnist and blogger
- Lauryn P. Gouldin, associate — Syracuse University College of Law professor
- Maura R. Grossman, of counsel — David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science professor at the University of Waterloo, and electronic discovery attorney
- Elizabeth Holtzman, associate — former U.S. Representative and Brooklyn District Attorney
- Robert J. Jackson, Jr., associate - Columbia Law School professor
- David Lat, associate — blogger, Underneath Their Robes and Above the Law
- Robert Morgenthau, of counsel - former New York County District Attorney
- Bernard Nussbaum, partner — former White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton
- George Postolos, associate — former President and CEO of Houston Rockets
- Samuel Rascoff, associate —NYU Law School professor
- Jed Rubenfeld, associate — Yale Law School professor
- Andrew Schlafly, associate — founder of Conservapedia, General Counsel for Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
- http://www.law.com/jsp/tal/PubArticleTAL.jsp?id=1202514395169 AM Law 100 Gross Revenue
- "Wachtell PPP Again Tops Global 100, at $4.35M, Followed by Quinn Emanuel, at $3.62M".
- The Scoop: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
- Cole, Brett (2008). "Godfathers—Flom and Lipton". M&A Titans: The Pioneers Who Shaped Wall Street's Mergers and Acquisitions Industry. Wiley. ISBN 9780470126899.
- Summary of corporate practice.
- 2007 Law Firm Rankings
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- "Wharton’s Inaugural Restructuring Conference" (PDF). Wharton’s Inaugural Restructuring Conference. p. 4. Retrieved April 17, 2008.
- Salon (2010). Glenn Greenwald. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- American Lawyer (2016). The Wachtell Way of EDiscovery. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- New York Times (2010). Dealbook - Wachtell’s Newest Hire: 90-Year-Old Morgenthau. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- Chen, Vivia (July 9, 2007). "Shhh! Pro Bono's Not Just for Liberals Anymore". The American Lawyer. Retrieved October 31, 2010.