Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

4 Star Rating     2 reviews

Main Office:

51 West 52nd Street | New York City | NY | 10019

Phone: 212-403-1000 | Fax: 212-403-2000

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Year of establishment 1965 Number of partners 80
Number of offices 1 Partner to associate ratio 0.50
Biggest office New York City Percentage of women attorneys 33.70
Number of attorneys 267 Percentage of minority attorneys 24.30
Number of associates 159 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.70
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
   2 reviews

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Reviews

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: It might be worth having times of more strict rules during crunch time to keep things moving along and then going back to deal with the problems later.

Pros: Whenever there is a problem or dispute between employees they are dealt with fairly every time so that everyone is happy.

Cons: Because of the requirement of fairness it can slow down things slightly when things go wrong compared to an iron rule.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

- Reviewed on July 21, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Go into this firm with confidence and a desire to make this company the best it can be by being the best you can be. It will pay off in the long run.

Pros: This firm has been in business for over 50 years. They have a great reputation and have a diverse amount of work. The Company offers great benefits and a wonderful work environment.

Cons: The interview process for this firm is a long process. You will have a face to face interview as well as a written interview. They could streamline the process.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. We have achieved extraordinary results following the distinctive vision of our founders - a cohesive team of lawyers intensely focused on solving our clients' most important problems. We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world. We counsel both public and private acquirors and targets. We also handle sensitive investigation and litigation matters and corporate restructurings, and counsel boards of directors and senior management in critical situations. We have a track record of original and groundbreaking solutions and innovations that have had a dramatic impact on business and law. We are thought leaders. Our distinctive structure defines our approach. We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms. We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners. We limit the number and type of matters we undertake. Our system of lock-step compensation promotes a careful selection of matters as well as the flexibility to bring the right expertise to bear without regard to factors extrinsic to providing the best service and advice. We work together on a task-force basis on all of our matters, bringing to bear the requisite mix of people and expertise across practice areas. Our structure and approach attract talented and entrepreneurial lawyers, who enable us to achieve excellent results for our clients in complex and critical matters.

Practice Areas

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Antitrust
  • Corporate
  • Executive Compensation & Benefits
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate M&A
  • Restructuring & Finance
  • Tax

Hiring Criteria

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

We look for new associates who we believe can become partners of the firm - people who are creative, have a record of outstanding academic and other achievement and are committed to the practice of law.

Pro bono

Wachtell Lipton is committed to supporting attorneys who undertake pro bono projects in all areas of the law. Pro bono clients are clients of the firm, and no distinction is made between hours spent on pro bono or other client matters.

The firm provides partner supervision, training, and mentoring on all pro bono matters. Associates are encouraged to attend pro bono training classes and seminars held by our partnering organizations. In addition, summer associates routinely participate in Wachtell Lipton's pro bono practice and may be assigned to any pro bono matter.

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Wachtell Lipton is strongly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment that supports the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and men of all backgrounds at all levels of the firm. We are committed to recruiting a diverse and talented body of lawyers and administrative staff considering diversity in its broadest form.

Summer associate program

Each fall, we look to select a small group of highly qualified students for our summer associate program. Our objective is to give our summer associates an experience as close as we can to that of a new associate. We make every effort to expose summer associates to all facets of our practice and involve them actively in negotiations, client meetings, courtroom and deposition sessions and travel. Since a primary objective of the program is to give the summer associate a chance to get to know us, summer associates rotate over the course of the summer through several of our practice areas. Our summer associates are free to choose those practice areas that interest them most.


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