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2024 DIVERSITY DATABASE UNDERWRITER Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. We have achieved extraordinary results following the distinctive vision of our founders -- a cohesive team of lawyers intensely focused on solving our clients' most important problems.

About The Firm

We have experience in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defense, corporate and securities law and corporate governance.  We handle some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions in the United States and around the world.  We counsel both public and private acquirors and targets.  We also handle sensitive investigation and litigation matters and corporate restructurings, and counsel boards of directors and senior management in critical situations.  We have a track record of original and groundbreaking solutions and innovations that have had a dramatic impact on business and law.  We are thought leaders.

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Pro Bono

Commitment to Pro Bono Work

Wachtell Lipton is committed to supporting attorneys who undertake pro bono projects in all areas of the law.  Pro bono clients are clients of the firm, and no distinction is made between hours spent on pro bono or other client matters.

The firm provides partner supervision, training, and mentoring on all pro bono matters.  Associates are encouraged to attend pro bono training classes and seminars held by our partnering organizations.  In addition, summer associates routinely participate in Wachtell Lipton's pro bono practice and may be assigned to any pro bono matter. 

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Wachtell Lipton is strongly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment that supports the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and men of all backgrounds at all levels of the firm.  We are committed to recruiting a diverse and talented body of lawyers and administrative staff considering diversity in its broadest form.

Wachtell Lipton is an original signatory to the New York City Bar's Statement of Goals for Increasing Minority Representation and Retention.  We were one of the first New York City law firms to offer health benefits to domestic partners.

Diversity Committee

Wachtell Lipton has a Diversity Committee that, along with the Associate Director of Recruiting and Diversity, provides guidance and recommendations on policies, procedures and specific action steps to meet our objectives with regard to diversity and inclusion. 

The mission of the Diversity Committee is:

− To oversee the firm's diversity enhancing programs, including those with respect to recruitment, retention and promotion;

− To oversee policies mandating nondiscrimination and mutual respect throughout the firm;

− To oversee the firm's activities with respect to diversity training;

− To oversee and monitor implementation of the firm's commitments as a signatory to the New York City Bar's Statement of Goals for Increasing Minority Representation and the New York City Bar's Statement of Diversity Principles, including those with respect to:

  • hiring entry-level classes that substantially reflect the diversity of graduating law students;
  • achieving a level of diversity throughout a class's progression that is at least as great as when the class was first hired;
  • achieving representative diversity in promotions, including counsel and partner; and
  • achieving leadership positions throughout the firm that reflect the diversity among senior legal professionals.

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Wachtell Lipton is dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels and to achieving extraordinary results for our clients. We seek individuals who are talented, motivated and committed in order to maintain our record of excellence. Our associates, paralegals and administrative staff are critical to this mission. Our lawyers and staff work closely together across departments comprising an elite legal team. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Wachtell Lipton is an equal opportunity employer.  As such, it adheres to an employment policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against applicants or employees based on any legally impermissible factor(s) including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, disability or any protected military or veteran status.

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