Awarded for innovations to the partnership model that improve client service; for outstanding representation of clients during the financial crisis; and commitment to public service that has boosted the firms' pro bono hours and that put Paul Weiss firmly behind the representation of Edie Windsor in the same-sex marriage case, U.S. v. Windsor, one of the most significant cases of the last decade.
Brad Karp, chair of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, leads a firm of more than 700 lawyers in New York with the energy, vision and leadership that has left an imprint on the firm, the profession and the legal community.
Karp started Paul Weiss' financial institutions litigation and regulatory practices section 13 years ago. He has guided institutions and corporations through the financial meltdown and subprime-related litigation jungle, tried and won four multibillion-dollar lawsuits for Citigroup and successfully defended the global bank in SEC v. Citigroup, one of the most important white-collar matters of the past several years.
Karp, a champion of pro bono, has in the last four years managed to double the firm's pro bono hours and his commitment and dedication to public service positioned Paul Weiss to represent Edie Windsor in the historic same-sex marriage case, U.S. v. Windsor.
Karp has been honored with the Arthur Liman Public Interest Award by the Legal Action Center, the Pro Bono Award by the Pro Bono Partnership, the Human Relations Award by the Anti-Defamation League, and the Learned Hand Award by the American Jewish Committee.
Karp brings to Paul Weiss a commitment to a client-based partnership model grounded in a collegial and collaborative relationship where each client is a client of the firm rather than any individual partner or practice group.
While a true champion of Paul Weiss, Karp routinely shares his knowledge and experience with the larger community in an effort to correct weaknesses and promote the highest level of professionalism among New York's firms.