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2024 DIVERSITY DATABASE UNDERWRITER Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Our Survey Says


Hardworking, friendly, and sociable associates make working at Paul, Weiss appealing. The best candidates are bright, with top grades from top schools, and ambitious, with leadership experience. Associates appreciate that the culture is social without being pushy, and that the firm’s commitment to social justice is genuine. Paul, Weiss provides the training and mentorship necessary for associates to perform above their ability at an early stage, which pairs well with the high-level, substantive workload. Partners respect associates’ time and work closely with associates during their time in the firm’s rotation system, including providing regular feedback and reviews. There is no billable hour requirement, though associates often work long, BigLaw hours. Partnership at the firm is possible but not likely for most associates, but associates feel that working at Paul, Weiss opens many doors at other firms or at in-house roles. Compensation is lockstep and market for both base salary and bonuses, though associates would appreciate more insight into decisions about discretionary bonuses. Firm technology is strong, which aids in associates working from home two days per week. Paul, Weiss offers generous perks with budgets for wellness, mentorship, and technology. There is diversity among the associates, but the firm could improve upon promoting diverse attorneys to partnership. Pro bono is highly emphasized at the firm, and many junior associates take on pro bono projects to enhance their skills.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Phone: (212) 373-3000

Firm Stats

Firm Chair: Brad S. Karp
Deputy Chair: Valerie E. Radwaner
Hiring Partners: Jaren Janghorbani, Greg Laufer, Cullen Sinclair, Laura Turano
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,135/week

Employment Contact

Pamela N. Davidson
Chief Legal Personnel and Recruitment Officer
(212) 373-2548

No. of U.S. Offices: 4

No. of International Offices: 5

Major Office Locations

New York, NY (HQ)
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE
Hong Kong

Major Departments

Capital Markets
Cryptocurrency & Blockchain
Cybersecurity & Data Protection
Digital Technology
Executive Compensation
Internal Investigations
Investment Management
IP & Technology Transactions
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patent Litigation
Private Equity
Real Estate
Securities Litigation
Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation
Sustainability & ESG
White Collar & Regulatory Defense
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.