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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, San Francisco 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
    • 2022
      • Recognized for the sixth consecutive year on the “A-List of U.S. Law Firms”
    • 2021
      • Named "Litigation Department of the Year" Finalist 
    • 2020
      • Named "Law Firm of the Year" Finalist
      • Partner Ted Wells received "Lifetime Achievement Award"
        • The American Lawyer  recognized Ted as "one of the country's preeminent trial lawyers" and honored him for his efforts "mentoring others and furthering the cases of racial and social justice."
    • 2019
      • Named “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." 
      • Named “White Collar Litigation Department of the Year”
    • 2018 
      • Named "Law Firm of the Year" Finalist
      • Chairman Brad Karp recognized as an honoree in the "Litigator of the Year" category
    • 2017
      • Chairman Brad Karp named “Litigator of the Year”
        • The American Lawyer recognized Brad 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. 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.
    • 2016
      • Named "Litigation Department of the Year" Finalist 
    • 2015
      • Named "Most Innovative Firm of the Year" 
    • 2014
      • Named "Securities Litigation Department of the Year" 
      • Received "Litigation Department of the Year" Honorable Mention
    • Won "Litigator of the Week" on nine separate occasions in the past five years for outstanding achievements on behalf of clients
  • Forbes
    • 2019
      • Featured on Forbes’ inaugural list of “America’s Top Trusted Corporate Law Firms”
      • 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
    • 2022
      • Ranked first on the "Top 25 Firms in New York" guide
      • Recognized for the fourth consecutive year on the "Appellate Hot List" 
      • Recognized as "Washington, D.C., Litigation Department of the Year" finalist 
    • 2021
      • Ranked first in the "Top 25 Firms in New York" guide 
      • Recognized as "Legal Technology Trailblazer"
      • Chairman Brad Karp named "Crisis Leadership Trailblazer" 
    • 2020
      • Ranked first in the "Top 25 Firms in New York" guide
    • 2019
      • Partner Lew Clayton named "Winning Litigator" 
    • 2018
      • Partner Nick Groombridge named "Winning Litigator" 
      • Partner Michele Hirshman named "White Collar, Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer"
    • 2017
      • Partner Jeh Johnson named "Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer"
      • Partner Dan Kramer named "Litigation Trailblazer" 
    • 2016
      • Chairman Brad Karp named "Litigation Trailblazer" 
      • Partner Nick Groombridge named "Litigation Trailblazer" 
    • 2015
      • Partner Ted Wells named "Litigation Trailblazer" 
  • New York Law Journal
    • 2021
      • Litigation partner Loretta Lynch recognized as a "Distinguished Leader" 
      • Litigation partner Brette Tannenbaum named "Rising Star" 
    • 2020
      • Named "Litigation Department of the Year" Finalist 
      • Litigation partner Alexia Korberg named "Rising Star" 
    • 2019
      • Named "Specialty Litigation Department of the Year – Class Action”
      • Chairman Brad Karp named “Distinguished Leader” and “New York Trailblazer”
    • 2018
      • Chairman Brad Karp named "Attorney of the Year"
      • Litigation partner Jennifer Wu named "Rising Star" 
    • 2017
      • Named “Specialty Litigation Department of the Year – Class Action”
      • Litigation partner Jaren Janghorbani named “Rising Star”
    • 2016 
      • Litigation partner Jessica Carey named “Rising Star”
  • Courtroom View Network
    • 2019
      • CVN named Paul, Weiss’s trial win in New York ExxonMobil Corp. the “Top Defense Verdict” of the year, 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
    • 2021
      • Ranked 2nd in “Top 20 Most Innovative Law Firms in America”
        • 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.”
    • 2018
      • Chairman Brad Karp given special commendation in “North American Innovative Lawyers”
        • The Financial Times recognized Brad for Paul, Weiss’s efforts leading a coalition of major law firms challenging the Trump administration’s family separation policy.
    • 2017
      • Litigation partner Nick Groombridge named among “Top 10 Legal Innovators for North America”
        • The Financial Times recognized Nick for his work securing several significant victories in the field of biopharmaceuticals.
  • Law360
    • The Litigation Department has received numerous Law360 "Practice Group of the Year" awards, including:
      • 2021
        • "Appellate Practice Group of the Year"
        • "Banking Practice Group of the Year"
        • "Class Actions Practice Group of the Year"
        • "Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year"
        • "Media & Entertainment Practice Group of the Year"
        • "Technology Practice Group of the Year"
      • 2020
        • "Securities Practice Group of the Year"
      • 2019
        • “Banking Practice Group of the Year”
      • 2018
        • “Trials Practice Group of the Year”
        • “Life Sciences Practice Group of the Year”
      • 2017
        • “Securities Law Practice Group of the Year”
    • Paul, Weiss litigators have received numerous Law360 “MVP” awards since 2016, including:
      • 2022: Brad Karp (Sports and Betting); Susanna Buergel (Banking); Meredith Dearborn (Technology); Karen Dunn (Trials); William Isaacson (Competition/Antitrust); Kannon Shanmugam (Appellate); Audra Soloway (Securities); Liza Velazquez (Employment)
      • 2021 Brad Karp (Banking); Jessica Carey (White Collar); Kannon Shanmugam (Appellate)
      • 2020: Susanna Buergel (Banking); Karen Dunn (Technology)
      • 2019: Brad Karp (Banking); Lorin Reisner (White Collar); Rick Rule (Competition) 
      • 2018: Brad Karp (Sports); Susanna Buergel (Banking) 
      • 2017: Brad Karp (Banking); Jay Cohen (Communications & Technology); Audra Soloway (Securities Litigation)
      • 2016: Brad Karp (Sports); Catherine Nyarady (Life Sciences); Ted Wells (Sports)
    • Select additional Law360 designations since 2016, include:
      • 2022: Paul, Weiss named a “Regional Powerhouse” in Delaware.
      • 2021: Meredith Dearborn was recognized as a "Rising Star" in Technology. 
      • 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.”
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • 2022
      • Paul, Weiss was named West Coast Award Winner in the “White Collar Crime/Investigations” category.
      • Litigation partners Susanna Buergel, Karen Dunn, Claudia Hammerman, Michele Hirshman, Loretta Lynch and Jeannie Rhee named to the “Top 250 Women in Litigation: Northeast”; Melinda Haag named to the “Top 250 Women in Litigation: West.”
      • Litigation partners Meredith Dearborn, Alexia Korberg, Jeffrey Recher and Brette Tannenbaum named to the “40 and Under Hot List.”
    •  2021
      • Paul, Weiss named "General Commercial Firm of the Year - East Coast."
      • Paul, Weiss received an "Impact Case Award" for winning a landmark appellate victory at the Kentucky Supreme Court on behalf of The Blackstone Group in a $50 billion derivative lawsuit.
      • Litigation partner Walter Brown was named "White-Collar Litigator of the Year - California."
      • Litigation partner Kannon Shanmugam was named "Appellate Litigator of the Year - East Coast." 
      • Litigation partner Karen Dunn was named one of Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 10 Women in Litigation.”
      • Litigation partners Susanna Buergel, Claudia Hammerman, Michele Hirshman, Loretta Lynch and Jeannie Rhee were named to the “Top 250 Women in Litigation: Northeast” and Melinda Haag was named to the “Top 250 Women in Litigation: West.”
      • Litigation partners Alexia Korberg, Jeffrey Recher and Brette Tannenbaum named to the “40 and Under Hot List.”
    •  2020
      • Paul, Weiss 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 named “General Commercial Firm of the Year.”
      • Paul, Weiss named “New York Firm of the Year.”
      • Litigation partner Lew Clayton recognized as “General Commercial Attorney of the Year” and received a “National Impact Case Award” for winning a landmark ruling in Fresenius v. 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 recognized as “General Commercial Attorney of the Year.”
      • Litigation partners Susanna Buergel, Claudia Hammerman and Michele Hirshman 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.”
  • Chambers USA Awards 
    • 2022
      • Paul, Weiss recognized as the "Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year."
    • 2021
      • Paul, Weiss recognized as the "Corporate Crimes & Investigations Firm of the Year.
  • Who's Who Legal
    • 2022
      • Paul, Weiss recognized as the "New York Firm of the Year" in the Who's Who Legal Country and State Awards.

Legal Directories

  • Chambers Global 2022
    • Band 1 Firm:
      • Corporate Crime & Investigations
    • A Leading Firm:
      • Antitrust: Cartel 
      • Competition/Antitrust
      • Disputes (International and Cross-Border)
      • FCPA
      • Investigations & Enforcement (International & Cross-Border)  
    • One Star Individual: 
      • Litigation: Trial Lawyers 
    • Two Band 1 Practitioners:
      • FCPA 
      • Intellectual Property: Patent 
    • Three Recognized Practitioners:
      • Antitrust: Cartel 
      • Competition/Antitrust 
  • Chambers Crisis & Risk Management 2021
    • Recognized as a Leading Firm for Crisis Management (USA-Nationwide)
    • Three Paul, Weiss attorneys recognized in the Crisis Management “Spotlight Table”
  • Chambers USA 2022
    • Band 1 Firm
      • Corporate Crime & Investigations (Nationwide)
      • Intellectual Property: Patent (NY)
      • Litigation: General Commercial: The Elite (DC, NY)
      • Litigation: Securities (NY)
      • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (NY)
      • Securities: Litigation (Nationwide)
    • A Leading Firm
      • Antitrust (DC, NY, Nationwide)
      • Antitrust: Cartel (Nationwide)
      • Antitrust: Plaintiff (Nationwide)
      • Appellate Law (Nationwide)
      • Chancery (Delaware)
      • FCPA (Nationwide)
      • Intellectual Property: Litigation (DC, Nationwide)
      • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (CA, DC)
      • Media & Entertainment: Litigation (NY)
      • Sports Law (Nationwide)
    • Four Litigators Ranked as Star Individuals in the following categories:
      • Litigation: General Commercial (DC, NY)
      • Litigation: Securities (NY)
      • Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide)
      • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (NY)
    • 10 Litigators Ranked Band 1 in the following categories:
      • Antitrust: Litigation (NY) 
      • Antitrust: Plaintiff (Nationwide)
      • Antitrust: Litigation Specialists (DC)
      • Appellate Law (Nationwide)
      • FCPA (Nationwide)
      • Intellectual Property: Patent (NY, Nationwide)
      • Litigation: General Commercial (DC)
      • Litigation: Securities (NY)
      • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (CA, NY)
      • Media & Entertainment: Litigation (NY)
    • 33 individual rankings for litigators across all practice areas
  • The Legal 500 US 2021
    • Tier 1 Firm
      • Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense
      • Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Corporates
      • Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense: Advice to Individuals
      • Financial Services: Litigation
      • General Commercial Disputes
      • M&A Litigation: Defense
      • Securities: Litigation - Defense
    • Top-ranked Firm
      • Antitrust: Cartel
      • Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Plaintiff
      • Antitrust: Merger Control
      • Appellate: Court of Appeals
      • Appellate: Supreme Courts (States and Federal)
      • ERISA Litigation
      • Healthcare: Life Sciences
      • Industry: Sport
      • Intellectual Property: Copyright
      • Media and Entertainment: Litigation
      • Patent Litigation (Full Coverage)
    • Two Rising Star Lawyers
    • Six Hall of Fame Lawyers
    • Five Leading Trial Lawyers
    • Nine Leading Lawyer recognitions
  • Benchmark Litigation 2023
    • Top 20 Trial Firm
    • Practice Rankings
      • Tier 1 firm
        • Antitrust (USA)
        • Appellate (USA)
        • Bankruptcy (USA)
        • General Commercial (USA)
        • Intellectual Property (USA)
        • Securities (USA)
        • Securities/White-Collar (CA)
        • White-Collar Crime (USA)
    • State Firm Rankings 
      • California: Highly Recommended
      • District of Columbia: Highly Recommended 
      • New York: Highly Recommended 
  • U.S. News - "Best Law Firms" 2023
    • Tier 1 firm
      • Antitrust Law (USA, NY and DC)
      • Appellate Practice (USA and DC)
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation (NY)
      • Biotechnology Law (USA and NY)
      • Commercial Litigation (USA, NY and DC)
      • Copyright Law (USA and NY)
      • Criminal Defense: White Collar (USA, NY, DC and SF)
      • Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television (USA and NY)
      • Litigation – Antitrust (USA and NY)
      • Litigation – Banking & Finance (USA and NY)
      • Litigation – Bankruptcy (USA and NY)
      • Litigation – Environmental (USA and 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)
      • Media Law (USA and NY)
      • Patent Law (USA and NY)
      • Securities Regulation (USA, NY and DC)
  • U.S. News - "Best Lawyers" 2023
    • Fifty-Two "Listed Lawyers" across 30 practice areas, including: 
      • Antitrust Law and Litigation – Antitrust
      • Appellate Law
      • Bet-the-Company Litigation
      • Commercial Litigation
      • Criminal Defense: White Collar
      • Litigation – Intellectual Property
      • Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
      • Litigation – Securities
      • Securities Regulation
    • Eleven "Lawyer of the Year" Awards (2020 – 2023):
      • Biotechnology Law
      • Corporate Compliance Law
      • Litigation – Banking & Finance
      • Litigation – ERISA
      • Litigation – Patent 
      • Litigation – Securities
      • Media Law
      • Securities Regulation

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