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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is known for being an elite litigation firm, regularly defending some of the largest companies and financial institutions in the world. Highly selective, associates credit the long interview process performed with creating a highly intelligent and amicable atmosphere.



Though headquartered in New York City, Paul Weiss operates 7 offices around the world, staffed by its 600 attorneys. Paul Weiss’s client list reads as a who’s who of governments and private organizations, regularly advising industry players worldwide. Though Paul Weiss is known first and foremost for its litigation and corporate law capabilities, it has also developed highly-capable and highly-competitive other areas of practice under its umbrella of counsel.[1]

Paul Weiss has an “unwavering” and legendary commitment to pro bono work. Paul Weiss has been in the middle of litigation efforts ranging from helping eventual United Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall argue Brown v. Board of Education to preparing amicus briefs supporting affirmative action policies and the Family Medical Leave Act. Paul Weiss continues to make big impacts in the pro bono sphere, helping create law and policy to support human rights in Iraq and also help facilitate the first free election in South Africa.[2]

Paul Weiss is also dedicated to supporting the growth of diversity in their organization. Recognizing that employing individuals with diverse religious, political, ethnic, and social backgrounds can offer better understanding and representation of clients worldwide, Paul Weiss has continuously sought to recruit and retain a diverse workforce through its various diversity programs and activities.[3]

Paul Weiss Areas of Practice

Paul Weiss practices in many different areas of the law in the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. A list of their various practice areas is as follows:[4]

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganization
  • Communications & Technology
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Personal Representation
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

Paul Weiss Offices

Paul Weiss has 6 offices worldwide. It is headquartered in New York City, New York.[5]

  • New York
  • London
  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo
  • Beijing
  • Wilmington

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064

Phone: 212-373-3000
Fax: 212-757-3990
Web: www.paulweiss.com

Paul Weiss Size

Paul Weiss employs well over 600 attorneys worldwide.[6]

Paul Weiss Recruiting

Associates at Paul Weiss praise the reputation of the firm and the benefits it brings as well as the fact that they are surrounded by the “best and the brightest.” Associates also appreciate the cases they receive as well as the quality of the co-workers and staff around them. Complaints generally concerned long hours, large amounts of stress, and sometimes an uneven distribution of work.[7]

Paul Weiss engages in on-campus recruiting at a number of the country’s top law schools. Paul Weiss also offers a summer program for law students and often hires from that pool.[8] Lateral associates are welcome to apply to Paul Weiss, but usually require a good amount of experience and/or specialized education.[9] Paul Weiss also rewards those who complete judicial clerkships. Paul Weiss will pay associates who join directly after completing a one year clerkship a bonus of $50,000; those who complete a clerkship of two years or more will receive a $70,000 bonus.[10]

Paul Weiss also offers benefits similar to many other top law firms. New associates in good standing typically receive a bonus, and also receive salary advances or even reimbursements for bar review/exam fees, relocation expenses, and bar association dues. In addition, associates are provided with comprehensive health and dental plans, as well as perks when apply for mortgages, a company credit card, free private banking, and technological aids.[11]

Paul Weiss Salary and Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year $210,000 No
5th Year $230,000 No
6th Year $250,000 No
7th Year $265,000 No
8th Year


Based on January 2007 figures.

1998 and senior: $290,000[12]

Paul Weiss will pay associates who join the firm directly after completing a one year clerkship a bonus of $50,000; those who complete a clerkship of two years or more will receive a $70,000 bonus.[13]


  1. http://www.paulweiss.com/firm/
  2. http://www.paulweiss.com/probono/
  3. http://www.paulweiss.com/diversity/
  4. http://www.paulweiss.com/practice/
  5. http://nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=F024901&orgtypeid=F
  6. http://www.paulweiss.com/firm/
  7. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Paul,-Weiss,-Rifkind,-Wharton-&-Garrison-LLP?companyId=410
  8. http://www.paulweisscareers.com/summerprogram/
  9. http://www.paulweisscareers.com/lateral-opportunities/
  10. http://www.paulweisscareers.com/judicialclerks/
  11. http://www.paulweisscareers.com/compensation-benefits/
  12. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=NY2500
  13. http://www.paulweisscareers.com/judicialclerks/



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