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At a Glance

Uppers

“No billable hour requirement.”

“Culture of mentoring, feedback, and quality in a friendly environment.”

“I get a lot of interesting, high-quality work.”

Downers

“Long, unpredictable hours.”

“Little control over the type of work you do.”

“Firm recently updated its hybrid work policy [to] require in-office work on anchor days … I liked the flexibility under the former policy to pick the three days that I was in office.”

About Weil

A powerhouse in restructuring, M&A, private equity, and litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 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.

Restructured Thinking

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. Weil’s 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. The American Lawyer has recognized Weil with an Honorable Mention in the publication’s biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” contest for three consecutive years, most recently in 2022. The firm takes pride in its ability to serve clients on wide-ranging issues drawing on cross-departmental expertise in class action, crisis management, investigations, and trial contexts, among others.  

Legal Innovators

Through its initiative Weil Legal Innovators Program, the firm has partnered with eleven law schools—Berkeley, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Penn, Stanford, Michigan, Texas, and Yale—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 $55,000 salary plus a $10,000 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

NOTABLE CASES
  • Counsel to Willis Towers Watson in its pending $80 billion combination with Aon—the largest deal ever for the insurance industry.
  • 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 its landmark chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Counsel to Brookfield Asset Management in its formation of Brookfield Infrastructure Fund IV, L.P., a $20 billion global infrastructure fund that was Brookfield’s largest fund raise to date and the second-largest infrastructure fund raise ever.
  • Counsel to Giant Eagle in securing a favorable mid-trial settlement in a bellwether trial in the multi-billion dollar opioid MDL.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Named “Private Equity Practice Group of the Year,” 2022—Law360
  • Named a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality,” 2022—Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Ranked among Most Innovative North American Law Firms, 2022—Financial Times
  • Named to the A-List, 2021—The American Lawyer
  • Fourteen partners were shortlisted for Americas “Women in Business Law Americas Awards,” 2023—Euromoney
Weil

767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153
Phone: (212) 310-8000

Firm Stats

Executive Partner: Barry M. Wolf
Hiring Partner: Jared Friedmann
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2023:
12

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
Summer Associate: $4,135

Employment Contact

Wesley B. Powell
Director, Legal Recruiting
(212) 833-3533
recruit@weil.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 7

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Miami, FL
New York, NY (HQ)
Princeton, NJ
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC |
Beijing
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
London
Munich
Paris
Shanghai

Major Departments

Restructuring
Corporate
Litigation
Tax, Executive Compensation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.