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With plaintiffs targeting employee benefit plans at an accelerating speed, Paul, Weiss has built an exceptional practice defending plan sponsors, fiduciaries and service providers in the technically demanding, high-stakes arena of ERISA, pension- and employee benefits-related class actions and related litigation. We are also among the preeminent firms nationally in handling the securities litigation that frequently accompanies ERISA disputes.


Our Litigation Department has earned a reputation for unparalleled excellence. Recent acknowledgments have included:

  • Chambers USA 2020
    • Leading Firm and One Top-ranked Practitioner - ERISA Litigation (Nationwide)
      “Lewis Clayton is a 'cerebral litigator' who is 'very experienced with litigation capabilities across a number of subjects, responsive and practical in his advice,' according to clients.”
  • The Legal 500 US 2019
    • Tier 2 Firm - ERISA Litigation
    • Three Recommended Practitioners - ERISA Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation 2020 distinguished Paul, Weiss litigation partners as follows: 
    • One Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
    • Twenty seven Litigation Stars across eight practice areas
    • Five Local Litigation Stars (DC)
    • Twenty two Local Litigation Stars (NY)
    • Eight Future Stars
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2020
    • "Best Law Firms"
      • Leading Firm - Litigation - ERISA (National & NYC)
      • Leading Firm - Litigation - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (National & NY)
    • The Best Lawyers in America
      • One lawyer listed for Litigation - ERISA (NYC)
      • Two lawyers listed for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (NYC)
  • Financial Times recognized Paul, Weiss in the Top 15 in Financial Times' 2015 "Innovative Lawyers Report" for the United States, Canada and Mexico. Paul, Weiss is commended in the following categories: Expanding Clients Business; Enabling Clients Business; and Protecting Clients Business.
  • The American Lawyer AMLaw Daily  named: 
    • Lew Clayton "Litigator of the Week" for his leading role in the successful representation of the Alaska Retirement Management Board in its suit against the state's former actuary, Mercer (US) Inc. in 2010; and
    • Paul, Weiss "Litigation Department of the Year" in 2006 and a finalist for the same award in 2010.
  • Directorship Magazine recognized Paul, Weiss litigation partners among the "100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance and the Boardroom" in its "Directorship 100" list every year from 2009 through 2014, for their work on behalf of Citigroup, Ericsson, Fannie Mae, Merck and Swiss Re.
  • The National Law Journal
    • Named a Paul, Weiss litigation partner one of its "Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade" in 2010; 
    • Included Paul, Weiss in its "Defense Hot List" in 2007; and 
    • Recognized Paul, Weiss litigation partners in its "Winning" lawyers feature in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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