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The Paul, Weiss Litigation Department is led by a team of the country’s most accomplished trial lawyers. Our litigators in New York and Washington, D.C. handle the most complex and demanding lawsuits, class actions, government investigations, criminal prosecutions and restructurings. Our clients include Fortune 50 corporations and other prominent companies in the financial services, investment, medical device, pharmaceutical, sports, technology, energy, media and insurance industries. Every day, we are called on by chief executives, board chairs, general counsel, investors and entrepreneurs for our unmatched trial skills, sophisticated business judgment and renowned strategic advice.

Recognition

Our Litigation Department has been repeatedly recognized for its excellence by the world’s top legal and business publications and legal directories. The department has also been recognized on numerous occasions for its litigation achievements in pro bono matters. Below is a select list of our firm’s most recent recognitions.

Awards & Surveys

  • The American Lawyer
    • 2019 “Law Firm of the Year”
      • In recognizing the firm, The American Lawyer noted that “Paul, Weiss not only had a strong year financially, but it evolved as a firm. Its practice offerings across litigation and corporate met the changing needs of its clients. Its pro bono commitment was all-encompassing, spanning all of the core issues currently facing our society. The firm added new star talent and service offerings. And it turned an outcry over its new partner class into an opportunity to focus on diversity."
    • 2019 “White Collar Litigation Department of the Year”
    • 2017 “Litigator of the Year”
      • Chairman Brad Karp was recognized for his role in a wide number of litigation achievements on behalf of firm clients, as well as for his role in spearheading a national pro bono task force on gun safety.
    • Since 2012, seven Paul, Weiss litigators have been named “Litigator of the Week” for their outstanding achievements on behalf of clients.
    • The firm has been repeatedly recognized as a “Litigation Department of the Year” honoree, including as a Winner in 2006, a Finalist in 2016 and 2010, and with an Honorable Mention in 2012.
  • Forbes
    • Paul, Weiss was featured on Forbes’ inaugural list of “America’s Top Trusted Corporate Law Firms” in 2019 and was recognized as a “Most Recommended” firm for Litigation & Dispute Resolution. The list was compiled based on a survey of 2,500 lawyers in private practice and legal departments.
  • The National Law Journal
    • Paul, Weiss was featured in the 2019 and 2020 “Pro Bono Hot List” for its engagement in some of the most significant public interest matters of the year.
    • Litigation partner Kannon Shanmugam was named to the 2019 “Appellate Hot List” for his work before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals.
    • Litigation partner Lew Clayton was recognized as a 2019 “Winning Litigator” for his work in securing a landmark victory in Delaware at trial and on appeal.
    • Chairman Brad Karp was recognized as a 2019 “Equality Trailblazer” for his leadership within the private bar on numerous critically important social justice issues.
    • Litigation partner Nick Groombridge was recognized as a 2018 “Winning Litigator” for his work in securing a significant trial win in a high-stakes patent infringement lawsuit.
    • Litigation partner Michele Hirshman was recognized as a 2018 “White Collar, Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer.”
    • Litigation partner Jeh Johnson was recognized as a 2017 “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer.”
    • Litigation partners Dan Kramer (2017), Nick Groombridge (2016), Ted Wells (2015) and chairman Brad Karp (2016) were recognized as “Litigation Trailblazers” for their achievements.
  • New York Law Journal
    • Paul, Weiss was recognized as “Specialty Litigation Department of the Year – Class Actions” in 2019.
    • Chairman Brad Karp was recognized as a 2019 “Distinguished Leader,” as a 2019 New York Trailblazer for his work publicly advocating on behalf of vulnerable groups and in support of the rule of law, and as a 2018 New York Law Journal “Attorney of the Year” for his pro bono leadership and numerous wins in the courtroom.
    • Three Paul, Weiss litigators were recognized as “Rising Stars” since 2016.
  • Courtroom View Network
    • CVN named Paul, Weiss’s trial win in New York ExxonMobil Corp. the “Top Defense Verdict” of 2019, noting it was “the clear choice for most impressive defense trial outcome covered by CVN in 2019. The stakes don’t get any higher in a civil trial than they were here.”
  • The Financial Times
    • Since the award’s inception in 2010, Paul, Weiss has been recognized four times in The Financial Times’ “Most Innovative Law Firms in the United States.”
    • Chairman Brad Karp was recognized in the 2018 “North American Innovative Lawyers” report for Paul, Weiss’s efforts leading a coalition of major law firms challenging the Trump administration’s family separation policy.
    • Litigation partner Nick Groombridge was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Legal Innovators for North America” in 2017 for his work securing several significant victories in the field of biopharmaceuticals.
    • Litigation partner Ken Gallo was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Agents for Change” in 2013 for his accomplishments as managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
  • Law360
    • The Litigation Department has been recognized as a Law360 “Practice Group of the Year” seven times since 2015, honoring firms that achieved major, high-impact litigation victories and for general excellence. Our recent recognitions include:
      • 2019 “Banking Practice Group of the Year”
      • 2018 “Trials Practice Group of the Year”
      • 2018 “Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year”
      • 2017 “Securities Law Practice Group of the Year”
      • 2016 “Securities Law Practice Group of the Year”
      • 2015 “Securities Law Practice Group of the Year”
      • 2015 “White Collar Practice Group of the Year”
    • Paul, Weiss litigators have received numerous Law360 “MVP Awards” since 2015, including:
      • 2019: Brad Karp (Banking); Lorin Reisner (White Collar); Rick Rule (Competition)
      • 2018: Susanna Buergel (Banking); Brad Karp (Sports)
      • 2017: Jay Cohen (Communications & Technology); Brad Karp (Banking); Audra Soloway (Securities Litigation)
      • 2016: Brad Karp (Sports); Catherine Nyarady (Life Sciences); Ted Wells (Sports)
      • 2015: Nick Groombridge (Life Sciences)
    • Select additional Law360 designations since 2015, include:
      • 2017: Jessica Carey and Roberto Gonzalez received the “Law360 Distinguished Writing Award” at the 2017 Burton Awards for their National Law Journal article “The Government’s Making AML Enforcement Personal.”
      • 2016: Roberto Gonzalez was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Cybersecurity & Data Protection.
      • 2016: Susanna Buergel was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law.”
      • 2015: Ted Wells was named a “Trial Ace” for his jury trial work in high-impact cases.
    • Benchmark Litigation
      • 2020
        • Paul, Weiss was named “General Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year.”
        • Litigation partner Ted Wells was recognized as “Trial Lawyer of the Year” and received a special “Hall of Fame Award.”
        • Litigation partners Ted Wells and Dan Toal received a “National Impact Case Award” for their work on behalf of ExxonMobil in a landmark $1.6 billion climate-change lawsuit.
      • 2019
        • Paul, Weiss was named “General Commercial Firm of the Year.”
        • Paul, Weiss was named “New York Firm of the Year.”
        • Litigation partner Lew Clayton was recognized as “General Commercial Attorney of the Year” and received a “National Impact Case Award” for winning a landmark ruling in Fresenius Akorn.
        • Litigation partners Geoffrey Chepiga, William Clareman, Yahonnes Cleary, Roberto Gonzalez, Gregory Laufer and Jennifer Wu were recognized on the “40 & Under Hot List – Northeast.”
        • Litigation partners Susanna Buergel, Claudia Hammerman, Michele Hirshman, Loretta Lynch and Jeannie Rhee were recognized as “Top 250 Women in Litigation – Northeast.”
      • 2018
        • Litigation partner Jay Cohen was recognized as “General Commercial Attorney of the Year.”
        • Litigation partners Susanna Buergel, Claudia Hammerman and Michele Hirshman were recognized as “Top 250 Women in Litigation – Northeast.”
      • 2017
        • Litigation partners Susanna Buergel and Michele Hirshman were recognized as “Top 250 Women in Litigation – Northeast.”
      • 2016
        • Chairman Brad Karp (Securities Law), litigation partners Rick Rule (Antitrust) and Ted Wells (White-Collar Crime/Investigations), and of counsel Martin Flumenbaum (General Commercial) were recognized as “Top 10 Practitioners.”

Legal Directories

  • Chambers Global 2020
    • Band 1 firm – Corporate Crime & Investigations (USA)
    • Band 2 firm – Antitrust: Cartel (USA)
    • Band 2 firm – Disputes (International and Cross-Border) (USA)
    • Band 2 firm – Investigations & Enforcement (International & Cross-Border) (USA)
    • Leading Firm – FCPA (USA)
    • Leading Firm – Capital Markets: International: US Law
    • Leading Firm – Competition/Antitrust (USA)
    • Leading Firm – Corporate Investigations: Anti-Corruption (Global-wide)
    • Band 1 practitioner: FCPA
    • Band 1 practitioner: Intellectual Property: Patent
    • Star Individual: Litigation: Trial Lawyers
    • Two Recognized Practitioners: Antitrust and International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
  • Chambers USA 2020
    • Band 1 Firm
      • Corporate Crime & Investigations (Nationwide)
      • Intellectual Property: Patent (NY)
      • Litigation: General Commercial: The Elite (NY)
      • Litigation: Securities (NY)
      • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (NY)
      • Securities: Litigation (Nationwide)
    • A Leading Firm
      • Antitrust (DC, NY, Nationwide)
      • Antitrust: Cartel (Nationwide)
      • ERISA Litigation (Nationwide)
      • FCPA (Nationwide)
      • Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) (Nationwide)
      • Media & Entertainment: Litigation (NY)
      • Securities: Regulation (Nationwide)
      • Sports Law (Nationwide)
    • Eminent Practitioners
      • Antitrust (NY)
    • Star Individuals
      • Litigation: General Commercial (NY)
      • Litigation: Securities (NY)
      • Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide)
      • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (NY)
    • Six Litigators Ranked Band 1
      • Appellate Law (Nationwide)
      • FCPA (Nationwide)
      • Intellectual Property: Patent (NY)
      • Litigation: General Commercial (NY)
      • Litigation: Securities (NY)
      • Media & Entertainment: Litigation (NY)
    • Twenty leading individuals and three recognized practitioners
  • The Legal 500 US 2019
    • Tier 1 Firm
      • Financial Services: Litigation
      • General Commercial Disputes
      • Leading Trial Lawyers
      • M&A Litigation: Defense
      • Securities: Litigation - Defense
      • White-Collar Criminal Defense
    • Top-ranked Firm
      • Antitrust – Civil Litigation/class actions
      • Antitrust – Cartel
      • Appellate: Supreme Courts (States and Federal)
      • ERISA Litigation
      • Industry: Sport
      • Intellectual Property: Copyright
      • Patent Litigation
    • 14 Leading Lawyer recognitions
  • Benchmark Litigation 2019
    • Practice Rankings
      • Highly Recommended – Region (NY) & (DC)
      • Tier 1 firm
        • Antitrust (USA)
        • Bankruptcy (USA)
        • General Commercial (USA)
        • Securities (USA)
        • White-Collar Crime (USA)
      • Tier 2 firm
        • Intellectual Property (USA)
        • Product Liability (USA)
      • Special Honors
        • One practitioner recognized as "Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America"
        • One practitioner recognized as "Top 250 Women in Litigation"
      • Attorney Rankings
        • Regional Honors
          • 14 Litigation Stars (USA)
          • Seven Litigation Future Stars (USA)
        • Antitrust
          • Two Litigation Stars (USA)
          • Five Local Litigation Stars (NY)
          • Three Local Litigation Stars (DC)
        • Bankruptcy
          • Two Litigation Stars (USA)
        • Energy and Natural Resources
          • One Local Litigation Star (NY)
        • FCPA and Enforcement
          • One Litigation Star (USA)
          • 10 Local Litigation Stars (NY)
          • One Local Litigation Star (DC)
        • General Commercial
          • Three Litigation Stars (USA)
          • Eleven Local Litigation Stars (NY)
          • One Local Litigation Star (DC)
        • Insurance
          • Two Local Litigation Stars (NY)
        • Intellectual Property
          • One Litigation Star (USA)
          • Five Local Litigation Stars (NY)
        • International Arbitration
          • One Local Litigation Star (DC)
        • Product Liability
          • One Litigation Star (USA)
          • Two Local Litigation Stars (NY)
          • One Local Litigation Star (DC)
        • Professional Liability
          • One Local Litigation Star (DC)
        • Securities
          • Three Litigation Stars (USA)
          • Nine Local Litigation Stars (NY)
          • Two Local Litigation Stars (DC)
        • White Collar Crime
          • Two Litigation Stars (USA)
          • Six Local Litigation Stars (NY)
          • Two Local Litigation Stars (DC)
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers"Best Law Firms" 2020
    • Tier 1 firm
      • Antitrust Law (USA, NY and DC)
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation (NY)
      • Commercial Litigation (USA, NY and DC)
      • Copyright Law (NY)
      • Criminal Defense: White Collar (USA, NY)
      • Litigation: Antitrust (USA, NY and DC)
      • Litigation: Banking & Finance (USA and NY)
      • Litigation: Bankruptcy (NY)
      • Litigation: ERISA (USA and NY)
      • Litigation: Intellectual Property (USA, NY and DC)
      • Litigation: Patent (USA, NY and DC)
      • Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement: SEC, Telecom, Energy (USA and NY)
      • Litigation: Securities (USA, NY and DC)
      • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions: Defendants (USA and NY)
      • Patent Law (USA and NY)
      • Securities Regulation (USA and DC)
    • Top-ranked firm
      • Biotechnology Law (USA and NY)
      • Copyright Law (USA)
      • Criminal Defense: White Collar (DC)
      • Litigation: Bankruptcy (USA)
      • Litigation: Environmental (USA and NY)
      • Securities Regulation (NY)
    • Forty-Three "Listed Lawyers" across 20 practice areas, including: 
      • Antitrust Law and Litigation: Antitrust
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Criminal Defense: White Collar
      • Litigation: Intellectual Property
      • Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
      • Litigation: Securities
      • Securities Regulation
    • Five "Lawyer of the Year" Awards (2012 – 2020):
      • Corporate Compliance Law
      • Litigation – Banking & Finance
      • Litigation – ERISA
      • Litigation – Patent 
      • Litigation – Securities

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