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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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As an elite law firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is accustomed to offering impeccable service, and as such, gets the opportunity to work on big-picture, large-scale legal assignments, often at the cutting-edge of its field or industry.



Described by some as the center of bankruptcy-related matters in the law, Weil Gotshal not only excels; it leads the pack. Demanding excellence and long hours from their associates (who were also top grade-earners in law school) is a rite of passage at Weil Gotshal. The hours may be long, but the work is consistent, and opportunities to take on responsibility readily available. Despite their industry-leading bankruptcy practice, Weil Gotshal also strives to offer clients a one-firm solution, and as such, has developed highly competitive restructuring, private equity, and litigation practice areas.[1]

Like many other top-ranked law firms, Weil Gotshal is not only committed to increasing diversity within its workforce, it’s also been nationally recognized for its work in the field. Weil Gotshal tries to promote diversity in its organization and community through the use of diversity education, affinity groups, and something unique compared to other law firms – supplier diversity – with the goal of creating more opportunities for minority-owned and operated vendors.[2]

Weil Gotshal is also a big contributor in the pro bono area of its practice. Weil Gotshal attorneys are expected to contribute at least 50 hours each to pro bono matters, offering the same level of high-quality legal representation that paying clients have come to expect to the indigent and others in need.[3]

Weil Gotshal Practice Areas

Weil Gotshal competes in the legal arena with nearly 50 areas of specialized practice spread across 6 main practice groups, listed as follows:[4]

  • Business Finance & Restructuring
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation
  • Pro Bono
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates

Weil Gotshal Offices

Weil Gotshal aims to serve clients worldwide with twenty offices both in the United States and abroad.[5]

  • Beijing
  • Boston
  • Budapest
  • Dallas
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Houston
  • London
  • Miami
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • Providence
  • Shanghai
  • Silicon Valley
  • Warsaw
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Wilmington

Weil Gotshal’s headquarters can be found in New York City.[6]

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153

Phone: (212) 310-8000
Web: www.weil.com

Weil Gotshal Size

Consisting of over twenty offices worldwide, it should hardly be surprising to find Weil Gotshal employs over 1,200 attorneys.[7]

Weil Gotshal Recruiting

Associates at Weil Gotshal praise the challenging, cutting-edge work. Complaints usually centered around the political nature of the office, as well as complaints about the promotion process in general.[8]

Weil Gotshal typically hires from its summer associates, who can opt to work in a number of Weil’s offices across the United States, including Boston, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. Though summer associates are tend to make up the bulk of Weil Gotshal new-hires, experienced lateral attorneys are welcome to apply for positions as well. Weil Gotshal also welcomes former judicial clerks, and often offers bonuses to these candidates to come work at Weil after their term is over.[9]

Weil Gotshal offers its associates a full suite of perks and benefits. Included are medical, dental, disability, and life insurance. Parking/transit benefits are included, as are gym membership reimbursement, in-house CLE training, bar review/exam/association fees, and a 401(k) plan. Weil also tries to support families by offering flexible work schedules and parental/primary caregiver leave.[10]

Weil Gotshal Salary and Bonuses

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year
The end-of-year bonus is $30,000.
2nd Year
$35,000 No

3rd Year

4th Year
5th Year $210,000 Yes
6th Year $220,000 Yes
7th Year $235,000 Yes

Based on January 2006 numbers.

The average billable hours for associates was under 2000 hours last year. Average varies depending on practice group.[11]


  1. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Weil,-Gotshal-&-Manges-LLP?companyId=423
  2. http://www.weil.com/diversity/
  3. http://www.weil.com/probono/
  4. http://www.weil.com/practiceareas/
  5. http://www.weil.com/locations/
  6. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/profile?companyId=423
  7. http://www.weil.com/
  8. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/company-profile/Weil,-Gotshal-&-Manges-LLP?companyId=423
  9. http://www.weil.com/careers/
  10. http://www.weil.com/careers/us/associate/benefits/
  11. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=NY3460



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