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At a Glance


My colleagues, the collegial culture, the understanding of needing to have a work-life balance, the flexibility and reasonable approach towards hybrid work structure.”

“The compensation and the prestige.”

“No billable-hour requirement, and interesting and substantive work.”


“Nothing unique to Weil; the worst things about working here are the same as the worst things about working at any big firm—that is, long hours, demanding clients, canceled vacations, competing deadlines, etc.”

“Commuting into the office for mandated in-office days.”

About Weil

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.

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—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. 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.  

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 $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

  • 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.



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 (2022):
1K - 1.5K
No. of Partners Named 2022:

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

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 I Beijing
Hong Kong

Major Departments

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