Ariel Deckelbaum
Corporate Partner
Co-Chair, Women's Initiatives Committee

Jessica Carey
Litigation Partner
Co-Chair, Women's Initiatives Committee

"Paul, Weiss is committed to advancing women at the firm. Our Committee develops and implements programs that foster an inclusive and supportive professional environment in which women attorneys can successfully develop their careers and achieve positions of leadership at the firm and in the wider legal community.

As co-chairs of the Women's Initiatives Committee, we are proud to carry out the firm's mission to encourage both men and women to support these efforts."


Women Partners, Women Leaders

  • Women represent 22% of the partnership in the U.S.
  • Women of color represent 25% of women partners
  • Women comprised 33% of promotions to partner between 2012-2017
  • Women are 25% of the Management Committee, and 26% of the practice group leaders
    and department heads worldwide, including the Head of our China Practice


Meet some of our women leaders who inspire us every day at Paul, Weiss:



Firm Deputy Chair and Corporate Partner: Valerie Radwaner

Valerie Radwaner has built her way to success as a top corporate finance attorney while working tirelessly to institute change and inspire leadership by creating opportunities for the advancement of women at Paul, Weiss. In 2014, the partnership elected Valerie as the firm's first Deputy Chair to help the firm achieve its highest strategic priorities. In this new role, Valerie is creating a model for what law firm leaders can do to impact the success of women in their firms.



Managing Partner of the China Practice, Corporate Partner: Jeanette Chan

Honored with "Outstanding Practitioner of the Year" at the Asia Women in Business Law Awards, Jeanette is regarded as a leading lawyer in the region.


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Corporate Partner and Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee: Amran Hussein

Amran is actively involved in mentoring associates and serving as a role model for diversity across the firm.



Litigation Partner: Robbie Kaplan

Named by The National Law Journal as one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers" in the United States, Robbie led the team that represented Edith Windsor in the landmark case, United States v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.


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Co-Chair of the Real Estate Department: Meredith Kane

Meredith is one of New York's most powerful real estate attorneys.


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Co-Head of the Securities Litigation Practice Group: Audra Soloway

Audra is Co-Chair of the Public Matters (Pro Bono) Committee.


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Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department: Monica Thurmond

Monica is a member of the Capital Markets and Securities and Finance Practice Groups



The Women's Network at Paul, Weiss provides opportunities for members to serve as internal support for one another, and fosters connections with clients, potential clients, law schools, and external communities. The fact that 22% of the Women's Network members are men is a testament to the firm's inclusive culture.

In addition, the Women's Initiative is an integral part of the firm's robust curriculum regarding diversity and inclusion concepts and skill building. For example, our innovative program called Managing Effectively Across Difference is helping our attorneys understand unconscious bias, including gender bias, and what to do about it.


Spotlight on Women Partners


Recognition of Our Leadership

  • Named by Law360 as one of the 100 best law firms for women in 2016 and 2015
  • Awarded 2016 WILEF Gold Standard Certification for advancement of women lawyers
  • Ranked by The American Lawyer in the top 25 law firms for Female Equity Partnership in 2015
  • Honored with the Excellence in Corporate Diversity Award by the Association of Black Women Attorneys

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