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 earned a reputation for unparalleled excellence. Recent acknowledgments have included:

  • The American Lawyer 
    • "Litigation Department of the Year" Biennial Survey - finalist (2016 and 2010), honorable mention (2012), winner (2006)
    • "Litigator of the Year" - for the highest-profile and precedent-setting matters of the year (2017)
    • "Appellate Hot List" (2015)
    • "Big Suits" - Recognized 14 times since 2000, including Edwards Lifesciences et al. v. CoreValve et al. (2010)
    • Ten practitioners named "Litigator of the Week" since 2008
  • Benchmark Litigation 2018
    • 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
        • Fifteen Litigation Stars (USA)
        • Three 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)
        • Ten 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 (NY)
        • 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)
  • Chambers Global 2019
    • Band 1 firm - Corporate Crime & Investigations (USA)
    • Band 2 firm - Antitrust: Cartel (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)
    • Two litigators are highly ranked in Litigation: Trial Lawyers, as Senior Statesman and Star Individual, respectively
    • Band 1 practitioner: FCPA
    • Band 1 practitioner: Intellectual Property: Patent
    • Band 1 practitioner: Litigation: Trial Lawyers
    • Two Recognized Practitioners: Competition/Antitrust and International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
  • Chambers USA 2019
    • 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: Enforcement (Nationwide)
      • Recognized in Sports Law (Nationwide)
    • Star Individuals -
      • Two in Litigation: Securities (NY)
      • One in Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide)
      • One in Litigation: General Commercial (NY)
      • One in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (NY)
    • Eight Litigators Ranked Band 1 -
      • Securities: Litigation (Nationwide)
      • Antitrust (DC, Nationwide)
      • Chancery (DE)
      • FCPA (Nationwide)
      • Litigation: General Commercial (NY)
      • Intellectual Property: Patent (NY)
      • Media & Entertainment: Litigation (NY)
    • Twenty-one leading individuals and five recognized practitioners
  • Directorship Magazine
    • Two practitioners in NACD's "Directorship 100" - for Citigroup, Merck, Swiss Re, Ericsson and Fannie Mae representations (2009-2014)
  • Financial Times
    • Four-time recognition in "Most Innovative Law Firms in the United States" since the award's inception in 2010
    • Practitioner named to the "Top 10 Legal Innovators for North America" - for the firm's work on laws related to patent protection of biosimilars (2017)
    • Practitioners named "Most Innovative Lawyer" - for the firm's landmark victory in United States v. Windsor (2014)
    • Practitioner listed in "Top 10 Agents for Change" - citing antitrust and patent matters for Mastercard, Emmis Communications, Genentech, Biogen and Ericsson (2013)
    • "Stand-out" (top tier) in Litigation (Alaska Retirement Management Board Settles with Mercer Inc.)
    • "Highly Commended" in Litigation (Bank of America Settles with SEC)
    • "Commended" in Litigation (Citigroup Settles with SEC)
  • Law360
    • Securities Litigation "Practice Groups of the Year" (2015, 2010)
    • Practioner recognized in inaugural listing of "Trial Aces" (2015)
    • Distinguished Writing Award (2017)
    • Three practitioners recognized with "MVP Award" (2017)
    • Six "Rising Legal Star" practitioners (2011-2016)
  • The Legal 500 US 2018
    • Tier 1 Firm -
      • General Commercial Disputes
      • Financial Services: Litigation
      • Leading Trial Lawyers
      • M&A Litigation: Defense
      • Securities: Litigation - Defense
      • White-Collar Criminal Defense
    • Top-ranked Firm -
      • Antitrust - Civil Litigation/class actions
      • Antitrust - Cartel
      • Copyright
      • ERISA Litigation
      • Industry: Sport
    • Three Leading Trial Lawyers
    • Thirteen Leading Lawyer recognitions
  • National Law Journal
    • Six Litigators listed in "Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers" (2015-2018)
    • Five litigators recognized in "Top 100 Verdicts" of 2014: Edwards Lifesciences
    • Litigator named one of the "Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade" (2010-2011)
    • Three litigators named "Winning" lawyers (2010, 2009 and 2005)
    • "Defense Hot List" (2007)
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2018
    • Tier 1 firm -
      • Antitrust Law (National, NY and DC)
      • Commercial Litigation (National, NY and DC)
      • Copyright Law (NY)
      • Criminal Defense: White Collar (National, NY and DC)
      • Litigation: Antitrust (National, NY and DC)
      • Litigation: Banking & Finance (National and NY)
      • Litigation: Bankruptcy (NY)
      • Litigation: Environmental (National and NY)
      • Litigation: Intellectual Property (National, NY and DC)
      • Litigation: Patent (National, NY and DC)
      • Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement: SEC, Telecom, Energy (National and NY)
      • Litigation: Securities (National, NY and DC)
      • Patent Law (National and NY)
      • Securities Regulation (National and DC)
    • Top-ranked firm -
      • Biotechnology Law (National and NY)
      • Copyright Law (National)
      • Litigation: Bankruptcy (National)
      • Litigation: ERISA (National and NY)
      • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions: Defendants (National and NY)
      • Securities Regulation (NY)
    • Thirty-Seven "Listed Lawyers" across 20 practice areas, including: 
      • Antitrust Law and Litigation: Antitrust: seven litigators
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation: six litigators
      • Commercial Litigation: 14 litigators
      • Criminal Defense: White Collar: six litigators
      • Litigation - Intellectual Property: four litigators
      • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy): four litigators
      • Litigation Securities and Securities Regulation: ten litigators
    • Five "Lawyer of the Year" Awards (2012 - 2018):
      • Defense
      • Media Law
      • Mass Tort Lit/Class Actions - Defendants
      • Litigation: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
      • Securities Litigation

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