2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“The attorneys at this firm really do treat each other like family and genuinely respect each other.”
“Flexible working opportunities.”
“Lack of transparency about what to focus on to get on a partnership track.”
About Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
A powerhouse in restructuring, M&A, private equity, and litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has long been one of the world’s leading law firms. The firm has pioneered major areas of law, such as corporate governance, private equity, and bankruptcy and restructuring.
To New York and Beyond
Weil was founded in New York in 1931 and has been located in New York’s iconic General Motors Building since the building opened in 1968, overlooking the city’s playground Central Park. With approximately 1,100 lawyers, the firm has offices spanning three continents and six countries, and it continues to be one of the highest-grossing law firms in the world.
Weil fields one of the most respected restructuring departments in the world and has played an integral role in nearly every high-profile bankruptcy in history, including WorldCom, Enron, General Motors, Washington Mutual, AIG, and Lehman Brothers, and more recently Sears, PG&E, and Takata.
A corporate powerhouse, Weil continually ranks in the top 20 in Vault’s rankings for General Corporate Practice, Private Equity, M&A, Banking & Financial Services, and Securities/Capital Markets. The firm is involved in some of the most high-profile M&A deals in the market. Over the last five years, Weil has handled more than 1,500 deals totaling more than $2.1 trillion in deal value. The firm‘s global private equity practice is also recognized as being one of the market leaders in the field—PE clients include the majority of the largest and highest-profile private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, and pension funds, as well as family offices and other equity financial investors.
Litigation is another strong suit for the firm, which boasts more than 350 lawyers in its litigation practice. In 2018, The American Lawyer recognized Weil with an Honorable Mention in the publication’s biennial Litigation Department of the Year contest. The firm takes pride in its ability to serve clients on wide-ranging issues drawing on cross-departmental expertise in the class action, crisis management, investigations, and trial contexts, among others.
In 2019, the firm launched a new philanthropic program: Weil Legal Innovators Program. Through this initiative, the firm has partnered with a group of law schools—Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, NYU, and University of Pennsylvania—to offer 10 incoming students an opportunity to perform one year of public service at a partnering nonprofit. The firm expects the group of participating law schools to grow in the future. The participants will defer law school for one year as they engage in the program and will receive a $50k salary plus a $10k law school scholarship. Each participant will also be paired with a Weil partner for mentoring. The firm’s goal is “to engage incoming law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities today.”
News & Awards
In approaching its first-ever virtual summer program, Weil segmented its 2020 summer offerings between substantive skills training and a pro bono/social responsibility “Summer of Service.” In this latter half of the summer program, summer associates were able to pair up with community organizations of their choosing to effect meaningful change—with many choosing to work with organizations promoting racial justice and equality. This dovetails perfectly with Weil’s culture of giving back to the communities we live in and serve.
Over the past year, Weil’s Professional Development Committee launched Weil Business Academy (WBA), a multi- disciplinary suite of training programs aimed at leadership skills for lawyers at all levels. Partnering with Columbia Business School, WBA moves outside traditional legal skills training, aiming at enhancing business acumen, professional development skills, and financial literacy and also addressing topics such as Loyalty, Narrative of Self and Resilience.
Weil has been recognized as one of the Most Innovative North American Law Firms by Financial Times every year since 2012. In 2019, the FT recognized Weil for its Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Management initiatives, as well as for its successful representations of Syncreon in its multi-jurisdictional global restructuring, NORDAM in a complex restructuring that allowed the company to remain family owned, Brookfield Asset Management in its acquisition of a stake in Oaktree Capital Management, and Sears in its successful chapter 11 filing and sale to ESL Investments.
In November 2019, Weil announced the most diverse new partner class in its history and among the most diverse within the industry. Nine of the 16 partner class were women, comprising 56 percent of new partners globally and 73 percent of U.S. partners, with lawyers of color comprising 36 percent of new U.S.-based partners. Numbers like these illustrate long-term commitment to the significant professional development, diversity, and mentoring programs that the firm has put into place.
- Counsel to Sears Holdings Corporation and affiliated debtors in its successful chapter 11 restructuring, one of the largest retail bankruptcies in history.
- Counsel to Willis Towers Watson in its $80 billion combination with Aon—the largest deal ever for the insurance industry.
- Counsel to Carlyle Group in a seminal, billion-dollar deal litigation in Delaware Chancery Court—providing a roadmap for M&A deals signed prior to COVID-19 pandemic.
- Counsel to PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the U.S., in landmark chapter 11 restructuring.
- Class Action Litigation Department of the Year, 2020—New York Law Journal
- Bankruptcy Practice Group of the Year, 2019—Law360
- Private Equity Practice Group of the Year, 2019—Law360
- Top 10 Most Innovative North American Law Firms, 2019—Financial Times
- Dealmaker of the Year, 2020—The American Lawyer
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153
Phone: (212) 310-8000
Executive Partner: Barry M. Wolf
Co-Hiring Partners: Joshua Amsel & Jackie Cohen
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $3,654/week
Wesley B. Powell
Director, Legal Recruiting
No. of U.S. Offices: 8
No. of International Offices: 7
New York, NY (HQ)
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC I Beijing
Business Finance & Restructuring
Tax, Executive Compensation, & Benefits
*See firm website for a complete list of practice areas and industries.