Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
New York City, United States
|No. of offices||1|
|No. of attorneys||260|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Revenue||US$763 million (2018)|
|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. The firm is known for business law, regularly handling the largest and most complex transactions. The firm is also noted for having the highest revenue per lawyer and 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.
The firm was ranked as the "Most Prestigious Law Firm to Work For" in 2007 by the AveryIndex. Along with rival Skadden, Arps, it was also cited in Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. Wachtell has been regarded as the "hardest firm in the U.S. to get a job in."
- William T. Allen, of counsel — former Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery; NYU Law School professor
- James Cole, partner — Acting Deputy Secretary of Education
- Allison Christians, associate — H. Heward Stikeman chair in Taxation: McGill University Faculty of Law
- George T. Conway III, associate/partner — lawyer for Paula Jones in sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton
- Miguel Estrada — attorney and former judicial nominee
- Glenn Greenwald, associate — political columnist and blogger
- Maura R. Grossman, of counsel — 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 — Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- David Lat, associate — blogger, Underneath Their Robes and Above the Law
- Kenneth K. Lee, associate — nominee to United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- 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
- Richard J. Sullivan, associate — judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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- The Scoop: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
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- Summary of corporate practice.
- 2007 Law Firm Rankings
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