Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
|Main office||1285 Avenue of The Americas, | New York | NY | 10019-6064|
|Year of establishment||1875|
|Number of offices||8|
|Largest office||New York|
|Number of attorneys||631|
|Number of associates||360|
|Number of partners||121|
|Partner: associate ratio||0.30|
|Percent women attorneys||37.30|
|Percent minority attorneys||14.40|
|Percent gay attorneys||4.10|
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 800 lawyers who collaborate with clients to help them solve their most challenging legal problems and achieve their business goals. Widely recognized as having leading litigation and corporate capabilities, the firm has developed equally strong practices in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, finance, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The firm has an unwavering dedication to representing those in need, and its pro bono efforts continue to benefit individuals and society.
Areas of practice
Awards and recognitions
Paul, Weiss received honorable mention as a "Firm of the Year 2012" in the China - Corporate/M&A category in ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL magazine's sixth annual In-House Community "Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East 2012" survey.
In August 2012, Paul, Weiss was ranked among the top 10 for the second consecutive year in Vault's Top 25 Best Law Firms for Diversity.
The Hollywood Reporter named corporate partner Justin Hamill to its 2012 "Power Lawyer" list of the top 100 entertainment attorneys in America.
Beth Wilkinson was named one of National Journal's Most Influential Women, a group of 25 women that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton, Elena Kagan and Michelle Obama. The magazine compiled its list to showcase women "who are doing the most to shape" Washington, D.C. Beth is the only lawyer in private practice on the list.
For the tenth consecutive year, The American Lawyer has named Paul, Weiss to its annual "A-List." The ranking represents the most elite law firms in the nation, ranking the top 20 firms based on their revenue per lawyer, pro bono work, diversity, and associate training and satisfaction.
The American Lawyer's2012 Diversity Scorecard has ranked Paul, Weiss as one of the most diverse law firms, marking the tenth consecutive year the firm has achieved this honor.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical or mental disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other characteristic protected by law in all personnel actions including recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, benefits, training, and termination of employment.
The firm seeks a strong academic record and life experience and commitment to excellence in the practice of law apart from general hiring criteria, that include strong organizational, interpersonal, communication and writing skills; demonstrated leadership skills; team-oriented mindset and strong work ethic; an ability to multitask; a proven interest in the legal field as demonstrated through undergraduate coursework, extracurricular activities, or jobs and internships; and a Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA upon graduation.
Paul, Weiss does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by the HR staff. All candidates must be legally authorized to work for any employer in the United States without sponsorship.
Diversity was the basis of the formation of the firm. Its founders, by tradition, were unable to practice together owing to their differing religions, one was a Jew and the other a Gentile, decided to create a firm where diversity was the norm, not the exception. Most elite law firms profess a devotion to diversity. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP has a history of putting it into practice.
1946, Paul, Weiss hired William Coleman, an African-American, editor of the Harvard Law Review, and former Supreme Court clerk, at a time when no other firm would hire a black man despite his stellar qualifications. In 1949, the firm hired its first woman partner, Carolyn Agger, long before most competitors.
The firm has been ranked among the top 15 "Most Diverse Law Firms" for eight consecutive years since 2002.
Paul Weiss attributes its success to the unique skills, talents and viewpoints that lawyers from a variety of different backgrounds and beliefs bring to the firm. Since 1996, 30 percent of their partner promotions have been women; in their Litigation Department it has been 50 percent. Nearly 25 percent of their lawyers self-identify as ethnically diverse and almost five percent are openly gay.
Paul, Weiss is committed to investigating all reported policy violations and addressing the issue or issues, as appropriate. An employee who reports a violation of this policy will not be subject to retaliation in any form. Any retaliation against a complaining party by a Paul, Weiss employee, at any level, will be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
Summer associate program
The summer associate program at Paul, Weiss is more than just legal training. It's an introduction to the rich variety and depth of life in one of New York's most unique law firms. Associates have the opportunity to shape their own summer experience. They have the option of choosing one department to call home or can select a variety of different practice areas.
During the firm's summer program, an attorney coordinator assigns work, and summer associates can take assignments from as many or as few departments in which they are interested. Summer associates are expected to complete 11 to 15 assignments during the 12-week summer program, and typically spend about six hours a day doing billable work.
The associate will be matched with a team of lawyers including associates, counsel and partners. They will help the associates make informed decisions about the work they choose. In addition to their team, associates will be paired with a partner and an associate who will provide guidance and advice about their summer work. They will receive training in both substantive areas of law and practical legal skills in a mix of highly interactive small group trainings, individual skills development workshops and more traditional classroom style presentations.
Sessions are taught primarily by Paul, Weiss partners and associates from across the firm's practice groups. It's not all work and no play, from team sailing trips to baseball games and cocktail parties; associates will have plenty of opportunities to get to know their fellow summers, firm associates and partners.
While the social events are "great," respondents give the highest praise for the "terrific" associates and partners who "go out of their way to be accessible and to make you feel like a real person."
In 2011, the firm increased its summer class size to almost 100 summer associates and gave offers to all of them. All summer associates are paid $3,100 per week, regardless of class.
Salary & benefits
Paul, Weiss matches the top compensation and benefits of its peer firms. First-year associates currently earn $160,000, and all associates in good standing also typically receive a bonus. Summer associates earn $3,100 per week. Paul, Weiss offers a salary advance to all incoming associates and reimbursements for moving expenses, bar review courses, bar examination fees and bar association dues.
Benefits include a comprehensive insurance plan, generous parental leaves, relocation assistance and varied workplace amenities. Other benefits include a subsidized cafeteria, weekly happy hours and subsidized gym memberships. Full time childcare is provided the first three months after a parent's return from leave, and off-site emergency childcare is also provided. Free tickets to sporting events and museums are common. New associates receive a salary advance and relocations benefits.
Salaries and bonuses at the firm are based on a set lockstep system. Year-end bonuses are awarded in December and are not tied to billable hours.
1) Birth mothers receive 18 weeks of paid leave as follows: up to 8 weeks of Short Term Disability Leave or Adoption Leave, up to 4 weeks of Parental Leave, and up to 6 weeks of Primary Caregiver Leave. 2) Non birth parents are eligible for a paid Parental Leave of up to 4 weeks; a non birth parent who is the Primary Caregiver is also eligible for an additional 6 weeks of paid Primary Caregiver Leave. 3) We have an arrangement with a Bright Horizon's facility near our New York office where we offer full-time child care for three months after return from parental leave (the Infant Transition Program) and emergency back-up care. 4) The firm has established a special tax gross-up bonus policy for employees who elect firm medical plan coverage for their same-sex domestic partner/spouse (and their partner's/spouse's children). Please refer to the Careers section of our website under Law Student Recruiting, Compensation for other Benefit information.
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