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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
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Headquarters Washington (DC)
Number of Offices 8
Number of attorneys 949
Practice Areas Antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, communications, technology, employee benefits, executive compensation, entertainment, environmental, intellectual property, litigation, personal representation, private equity, real estate, tax
Annual Revenue $(Gross revenue) $1,109,500,000 (2016)'"`UNIQ--ref-00000001-QINU`"'"(Grossrevenue)$" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 1109500000. million
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Pay Scale
(all numbers in thousands of dollars)
First year salary180
Second year salary190
Third year salary210
Fourth year salary235
Fifth year salary260
Sixth year salary280
Seventh year salary300
Eighth year salary315
Ninth year salary325
Tenth year salary

Template:About Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (Paul, Weiss) is an international law firm headquartered on Sixth Avenue in New York City. The firm has corporate, personal representation, entertainment law, and litigation practices. In addition to its headquarters in New York, Paul, Weiss maintains offices in Washington, D.C., Wilmington, Delaware, Toronto, London, Tokyo, Beijing, and Hong Kong.

Political contributions

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Paul, Weiss was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $1.23 million, 81% to Democrats.[2] By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats,[2] while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans.[3] Since 1990, Paul, Weiss contributed $5.44 million to federal campaigns.[4]

Principles of equality and diversity

On October 10, 2007, Paul, Weiss was included in a ranking of law firms by the national law student group Building a Better Legal Profession.[5][6] The organization ranked firms by billable hours, demographic diversity, and pro bono participation. Paul, Weiss was noted as being in the top fifth of firms researched in number of Asian, female, and LGBT associates, and in all other categories it was rated in the 61st to 80th percentile except female partners (40th to 59th percentile) and Hispanic associates (21st to 40th percentile).[7]

Notable representations

  • Paul, Weiss represents detainees who have been held by the U.S. military at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. While in Guantanamo, a number of the detainees went on a hunger strike to protest alleged inhumane conditions. In response, prison authorities force-fed detainees using feeding tubes allegedly shoved through the detainees' noses and stomachs without anesthesia or sedatives. Paul, Weiss attorneys filed an emergency application demanding that the government immediately provide defense lawyers with information about the condition of the detainees. In a history-making ruling in October 2005, Judge Gladys Kessler of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the government to provide the detainees' lawyers with 24 hours' notice before initiating a force-feeding, and to provide lawyers with the detainees’ medical records a week before force-feeding.[citation needed] The U.S. military attempted to ban all Paul, Weiss attorneys from Guantanamo after the discovery that attorney and partner Julia Tarver Mason was alleged to have illegally used "legal mail" as cover to pass inflammatory newsletters to detainees, an allegation later proved untrue; the decision to ban the firm was rescinded after a period of court filings.[8]
  • Paul, Weiss issued the report in the Deflategate football inflation controversy in 2015.[9]
  • Paul, Weiss advised the casino operating unit of Caesars Entertainment in its bankruptcy proceedings, taking over the role from O'Melveny & Myers in 2011. It later became known that Apollo Global Management, a private equity sponsor of Caesars, was also a Paul Weiss client. Paul Weiss was found to have a conflict of interest in the matter, although an investigation found no actual harm to Caesars or its creditors.[10]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups,
  3. Energy/Natural Resources: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups,
  4. Organizations: Paul, Weiss et al,
  5. Amir Efrati, You Say You Want a Big-Law Revolution, Take II, "Wall Street Journal", October 10, 2007.
  6. Adam Liptak, In Students’ Eyes, Look-Alike Lawyers Don’t Make the Grade, New York Times, October 29, 2007,
  7. Thomas Adcock and Zusha Elinson, Student Group Grades Firms On Diversity, Pro Bono Work, "New York Law Journal," October 19, 2007,
  8.  Gitmo's Indefensible Lawyers,  (March 15, 2010)
  9. Investigative report concerning footballs used during the AFC Championship game on January 18, 2015, (May 6, 2015)
  10.  Paul Weiss Missed Caesars Conflict, Examiner SaysLaw360  (March 16, 2016)

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