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Brad S. Karp


Tel: 212-373-3316
Fax: 212-492-0316  

New York
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064

Chair of the firm since 2008, Brad Karp is one of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers. Brad has extensive experience successfully defending financial institutions and other companies in “bet the company” litigations and regulatory matters. Prior to being named chair of Paul, Weiss, Brad chaired the firm’s Litigation Department.


Significant representations include:

  • Apollo in various matters;
  • Bank of America in several matters, including the litigations and regulatory matters arising out of Bank of America's 2008 merger with Merrill Lynch;
  • Bank of New York Mellon in several matters, including the litigations and regulatory matters arising out of the bank's foreign exchange standing instruction orders;
  • Bloomberg in various matters;
  • Citigroup  in multiple matters, including:
    • its Second Circuit victory allowing corporations to enter into federal regulatory consent judgments without admitting wrongdoing;
    • its arbitral victory defeating multi-billion-dollar claims brought by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), arising out of its December 2007 $7.5 billion investment in Citigroup;
    • its Southern District of New York jury trial victory defeating multi-billion-dollar claims by London-based private equity firm Terra Firma, which claimed it was defrauded in connection with its 2007 purchase of EMI;
    • its New Jersey state court jury trial victory defeating a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit brought by Parmalat;
    • its arbitral victory defeating a billion-dollar claim by a WorldCom investor who claimed he was defrauded by Citigroup and Jack Grubman, as a result of allegedly fraudulent research;
    • its subprime, credit crisis and mortgage-related litigations and regulatory matters;
    • its auction rate securities litigations and regulatory matters;
    • its Lehman-related litigations;
    • its failed investment litigations and regulatory matters;
    • its Enron-related litigations and regulatory matters;
    • its research analyst litigations; and
    • a nationwide employment discrimination class action;
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP in several matters, including securing the dismissal of a federal securities fraud class action concerning Fannie Mae's disclosures and financial statements;
  • JPMorgan in several matters, including the litigations and regulatory matters arising out of Bear Stearns' March 2008 collapse, various subprime, credit crisis and mortgage-related litigations, and the DOJ's and SEC's inquiry into the firm's Asia hiring practices;
  • The National Football League in several matters, including its defense and recent settlement of hundreds of lawsuits filed by thousands of former NFL players seeking to hold the League liable for allegedly concealing the risks associated with concussions sustained while playing professional football, as well as its investigation of workplace issues at the Miami Dolphins;
  • UBS in several matters, including its settlement with the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, the SEC, the Internal Revenue Service and a group of 25 state attorneys general regarding investigations into the firm's former municipal reinvestment and derivatives group, as well as various subprime, credit crisis and mortgage-related litigations; and
  • Wall Street underwriters in several securities class action litigations, including class actions arising out of the $25 billion GM/GMAC bond offering and the $20+ billion AIG bond offering.


Brad currently represents Citigroup, JPMorgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered, HSBC, Bank of New York Mellon, UBS, Apollo Global Management, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Deloitte, The National Football League, FIFA, MacAndrews & Forbes, ING, Bloomberg, Citco, Ericsson, Newmont Mining, Merck, Zilkha, SICPA, BB&T, Eton Park, OneWest Bank, CIM Group, Zurich Capital, Aurora Bank and KKR, among others, in significant securities, commercial and regulatory matters.


Brad has been profiled as one of the leading lawyers in the United States by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Chambers, The Lawyer (U.K.), Crain's, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, Lawdragon, Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, Euromoney Institutional Investors, Best of the Best USA, Law360, and Benchmark/Institutional Investor.

Brad's successful representation of financial institutions and other companies in complex litigations and regulatory matters was featured in a January 2014 American Lawyer cover story in which Paul, Weiss was selected as the best securities litigation/regulatory firm in the United States, in a January 2010 American Lawyer story, "Wall Street Bailout," and in a January 2006 American Lawyer cover story, "The Lifesavers," in which Paul, Weiss was selected as the best litigation firm in the United States. In 2003, Brad was profiled in The American Lawyer as one of the 45 leading lawyers in the United States under the age of 45.

For the past several years, Brad has been named one of the Most Influential People in the Boardroom by the National Association of Corporate Directors. In 2014 Crain's named Brad one of the Most Influential New Yorkers. In 2011, Lawdragon named Brad its "Lawyer of the Year." For the past several years, Chambers has selected Brad as the only "Star" in its Nationwide Securities Litigation category. Best Lawyers named Brad its 2014 "Banking and Finance Litigator of the Year," and its 2012 "Securities Litigator of the Year." In 2012, The Financial Times selected Brad as one of the 10 most innovative lawyers in the United States. In 2013, Benchmark Litigation/Euromoney selected Brad its "Litigator of the Year." In 2013, the New York Law Journal awarded Brad its first-ever Impact Award, in recognition of his "significant and lasting impact on the legal community in New York."

Brad has received a number of recognitions for his legal accomplishments and charitable activities, including the Servant of Justice Award by The Legal Aid Society, the Learned Hand Award by AJC, the Human Relations Award by the Anti-Defamation League, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Award by the Legal Action Center, the Pro Bono Award by the Pro Bono Partnership, the Torch of Learning Award by American Friends of Hebrew University and the Extraordinary New Yorker Award by the JBFCS.


Brad is a frequent lecturer and writer, having spoken at more than 400 conferences and published more than 400 articles on business litigation and securities law issues. Brad has lectured on business litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and NYU Law School. For the past 29 years, Brad has written a monthly column for the New York Law Journal, "Second Circuit Review," which analyzes developments in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a frequent contributor to The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.


Brad is active in the community, serving as a director/trustee of the Legal Action Center, the Riverdale Country School, Mount Sinai Hospital, The Partnership for New York City, the Harvard Law School Leadership Council, the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc., the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, American Friends of Hebrew University, the New York Bar Foundation, the Program Advisory Board of the Brennan Center for Justice, the Best Lawyers Advisory Board, the Economic Club of New York, the Federal Bar Council Second Circuit Inn of Court, the Union College President's Council, and the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. Brad also is a founding member of the PriceWaterhouse Leaders Council examining financial services industry regulatory reform, and a member of The New York City Bar Association Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession.

Financial Institutions
International Arbitration
Securities Litigation
White Collar Crime & Regulatory Defense


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1984

cum laude

B.A., Union College, 1981

summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Hon. Irving R. Kaufman, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Bar Admissions

New York

Related Resources

Mar 26, 2015Publications

Second Circuit Review: Clarifying Bounds of Protected Speech for Public Employees

Mar 25, 2015Publications

United States Supreme Court Limits Investor Suits for Misleading Statements of Opinion

Feb 25, 2015Publications

Second Circuit Review: Ruling Broadening Duty of Disclosure in Securities Filing Creates Circuit Split

Feb 24, 2015Publications

California District Court Clarifies the Appropriate Terms of Securities Class Action Bar Orders and Holds That Nonsettling Class Action Defendants Are Entitled to Judgment Reduction Measured by Settling Defendants’ Liability on Securities Act Claims

Feb 27, 2015Events

Brad Karp to Participate at NYU’s Annual Survey of American Law Symposium

Jan 30, 2015Publications

Second Circuit Review: Limiting Scope of “Class Standing” Doctrine in RMBS Cases

Jan 14, 2015Publications

Second Circuit Holds That Omissions Regarding “Known Trends” May Support a Section 10(b) Claim, but Imposes Limitations on Such Claims

Jan 05, 2015Publications

Second Circuit Review: Limiting the Scope of Warrantless Searches

Dec 31, 2014News

Paul, Weiss Art Collection Featured in The American Lawyer

Jan 05, 2015Publications

Ninth Circuit Adopts the Heightened Pleading Standard of Rule 9(b) for the Element of Loss Causation in Securities Fraud Actions

Dec 16, 2014Publications

Third Circuit Holds That Parties to Arbitration Agreements Can Compel Arbitration of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

Dec 11, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Rules for Defendants in Landmark Insider Trading Case

Dec 02, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Review: Court Rejects Attempts by Police Unions to Intervene in Stop-and-Frisk Case

Nov 20, 2014News

Brad Karp Named to 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee

Nov 05, 2014News

BofA Prevails in Appeal of Class Action Settlement

Nov 07, 2014Events

Brad Karp Moderates Panel at PLI’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation

Oct 31, 2014Publications

New York’s Highest Court Affirms the Continued Vitality — for Now — of the “Separate Entity” Rule for Banks

Oct 30, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Review: Oil-for-Food Program Claims Yield RICO and FCPA Rulings

Oct 07, 2014Publications

Brad Karp Reviews Robert Fiske Memoirs in the New York Law Journal

Sep 24, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Review: The Second Circuit in the Supreme Court

Sep 09, 2014News

Court of Appeal Affirms Summary Judgment Ruling for Citigroup

Sep 04, 2014Publications

Recent Second Circuit Decision in Parkcentral v. Porsche Extends Morrison Test by Limiting Applicability of Section 10(b) Based on “Foreignness” of Claims

Aug 28, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Review: Court Potentially Expands Asylum Criteria

Jul 23, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Review: Court Reverses Jury Verdict for SEC in Market Timing Case

Jul 07, 2014Publications

D.C. Circuit Vacates District Court Order Requiring Production of Documents from Internal Investigation

Jun 25, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Review: Second Circuit Limits Judicial Review of Regulatory Consent Judgments

Jun 24, 2014Publications

Supreme Court Declines to Overrule or Modify Basic, But Allows Rebuttal of "Price Impact" in Opposing Class Certification

Jun 19, 2014News

Paul, Weiss Obtains Vacatur of Class Certification Order for Citco

Jun 12, 2014Publications

Supreme Court Holding on Statutes of Repose Supportive of Respondents’ Arguments in Upcoming IndyMac Case

Jun 04, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Reverses District Court’s Rejection of Regulatory Consent Judgment in SEC v. CGMI

Jun 05, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Review: Perjured Statements as a Basis for Sentencing Enhancement

May 20, 2014Publications

Columbia Law School Blog Features Paul, Weiss Client Memo

May 20, 2014Publications

Following Gabelli, Florida District Court Applies Five-Year Statute of Limitations to Dismiss SEC Claims for Injunctive Relief, Declaratory Relief, and Disgorgement

May 09, 2014Publications

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Claim Seeking Short-Swing Profit Disgorgement from IPO Underwriters

May 08, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Under Morrison Of Claims Based On Foreign Transactions In Securities Cross-Listed On U.S. Exchanges

May 05, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Reverses S.D.N.Y. Decision Dismissing LIBOR Claims on Loss Causation Grounds, but Upholds Dismissal on Puffery and Clarifies Culpable Participation Requirement for Control Person Liability

Mar 24, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Review: Fair Use Found in Distribution of Investor Conference Call Recording

Mar 06, 2014Events

Paul, Weiss Celebrates Three Decades in Hong Kong

Feb 26, 2014Publications

Second Circuit Review: ‘Brady’-Based Section 1983 Claims After Guilty Plea

Feb 19, 2014News

Second Circuit Affirms Confirmation of Arbitral Award for Citigroup
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