Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP at a Glance


  • “Huge PE M&A deals with top clients”
  • “Great culture/people”
  • “Willing/enthusiastic mentors”


  • ”Partnership track seems to be getting longer”
  • “BigLaw hours”
  • “Minimal transparency”

The Buzz

  • ”Some of the best lawyers in the U.S.”
  • “Great culture and prestige”
  • ”Bankruptcy”
  • ”Fratty”

About Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

A powerhouse in restructuring, M&A, private equity and litigation, Weil, Gotshal & Manges has long been one of the world's leading law firms. Buoyed by its role as the go-to bankruptcy firm, Weil has been a fixture at the top of law firm rankings, including The American Lawyer's "A-List" and Chambers USA.

To New York and Beyond

Weil was founded in New York in 1931 and now overlooks the City's playground, Central Park, from its Fifth Avenue office. Recently, the firm signed a 15-year lease extension for the office space in New York's iconic General Motors Building, which has been Weil's home since the building opened in 1968. With approximately 1,100 lawyers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the firm bases over half of its 20 offices overseas. The firm was among the first to establish offices in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and during the last approximately 10 years added offices in Munich, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing and Dubai. The growth has only spurred the firm's successes, as it continues to be one of the highest-grossing law firms.

Sizzling Deals

While raking in the restructuring dollars, Weil's M&A and Private Equity teams have been on fire. Last year, Weil advised on more than 50 $1 billion+ deals including advising on six of the top 15 global M&A deals announced. In fact, Weil worked on global M&A transactions with a cumulative value of more than $400 billion! The firm's Silicon Valley office was especially busy, leading several high-profile tech deals such as Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, and Oracle's $5 billion acquisition of MICROS. Weil's tech client roster is impressive and includes Samsung, Adobe, Panasonic, Vonage, Yahoo!, eBay, Intel, Verizon and Microsoft. Other major deals handled by the firm include advising DIRECTV in its proposed $67.1 billion acquisition by AT&T and Verizon in its proposed $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL.
In private equity, Weil has been busy advising longtime client Advent International, including on its acquisition of Noosa Yoghurt-the new, extra creamy Australian-style yogurt that hit the shelves recently-and in its acquisition of a stake in lululemon athletica from lululemon founder Dennis J. Wilson.

Restructured Thinking

Weil fields one of the most respected and effective restructuring departments in the world-the firm has played an integral role in nearly every high-profile bankruptcy in history. Examples include WorldCom, Enron (which earned the firm over $150 million in fees) General Motors, Washington Mutual, AIG and, the linchpin of the financial meltdown and largest chapter 11 case in the history of the United States: Lehman Brothers.
More recently, Weil advised American Airlines in its restructuring, including its approximately $18 billion merger with US Airways, which was one of the most successful chapter 11 cases in airline history, enabling creditors to receive a full recovery on their claims and providing a substantial distribution to stockholders.

Weil has also played roles in municipal bankruptcy cases of late, including those of Detroit and Stockton, California. The firm is also advising a party in restructuring approximately $4.5 billion of bonds issued by Puerto Rico and its public corporations.

May it Please the Court

On the litigation side, the firm defended lululemon in the famous "yoga pants" case. The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of all claims against lululemon in a securities class action brought against the company after it pulled certain merchandise from stores due to an unacceptable level of sheerness. The firm also secured a dismissal by the New York Supreme Court for Fairway.

Weil secured a major victory for Marsh & McLennan in a dispute with two former executives. The suit is important because it provides guidance for companies as to how they may conduct internal investigations against a backdrop of government regulatory and criminal investigations.

Game Over

In 2012, McRO, doing business as Planet Blue, filed more than a dozen identical complaints against various video game companies alleging they infringed its patents for animated lip synchronization and facial expression of animated characters. Weil led the industry's efforts, representing 13 video game companies named in the suit as a united front, in invalidating the patents by briefing and arguing the winning motion for judgement on the pleadings that the patents do not meet the requirements for patent eligibility. In September 2014, a California federal judge found the two patents asserted by Planet Blue, for lip synchronization and facial animation techniques, invalid for failure to claim patentable subject matter.

Media Moguls

Weil has a long history of guiding the media industry through the changing landscape of a world that has become increasingly high-tech, high-speed, digital, and social. Representations include advising Yahoo! in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, Yahoo!'s largest acquisition in over a decade; Providence Equity Partners in its sale of its stake in Hulu to joint venture co-owners News Corp, Comcast, and The Walt Disney Company; Lenovo in its $2.9 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google; and GE in its $18.1 billion sale of its remaining 49 percent stake in NBC Universal, NBC Universal's floors in 30 Rockefeller Center, and CNBC's headquarters to Comcast. These are in addition to the DIRECTV/AT&T, Verizon/AOL and Facebook/WhatsApp deals already mentioned.



Deals, deals and more deals
Weil advised on more than 50 $1 billion+ deals in 2014, and the pace is continuing. The firm is representing Verizon in its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL and General Electric in its strategic plan to sell most of GE Capital's assets. Big representations from 2014 include Facebook in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp and DIRECTV on its $67.1 billion acquisition by AT&T, one of the largest global deals in recent history.

Antitrust Avalanche
The dealmaking boom has led to a flurry of antitrust activity. Weil's antitrust team is advising Actavis on its proposed $66 billion acquisition of Allergan, Staples on its proposed $6.3 billion acquisition of Office Depot, and Johnson & Johnson on its proposed sale of its Cordis unit to Cardinal Health.

Buckle Up
BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Nissan are among the world's leading car makers that rely on manufacturer Chassix Holdings for chassis and other safety-critical components. When Chassix and its subsidiaries entered into a prearranged chapter 11 restructuring of their $700 million capital structure, they tapped Weil for the job.

April 2015

Sticking With It
Following three significant victories over six years of litigation, Weil obtained a resounding win for Procter & Gamble when a Florida Federal Court dismissed the claims of 62 plaintiffs in a products liability multi-district litigation in which hundreds of plaintiffs alleged that their use of Fixodent denture cream caused neurologic injury.

December 2014

Are You Ready For Some Football?
Weil advised well known football coach Jim Harbaugh in contract negotiations with the University of Michigan and the San Francisco 49ers, his former team. The contract is one of the richest in the history of college football, according to CBS Sports.

September 2014

Game-Changing IPOs
Weil was counsel to GE and Synchrony Financial in Synchrony's $2.95 billion initial public offering, the largest U.S. consumer finance IPO since the financial crisis, and Dave & Buster's Entertainment in its $100 million IPO.

Problems with Patents
Weil obtained a decisive victory for Adobe Systems when a California federal jury found that two digital-rights management patents asserted by plaintiff Digital Reg of Texas LLP were invalid because the technology was obvious. The jurors also ruled that there was no infringement by Adobe on one of the patents, without reaching infringement on the second asserted patent.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Executive Partner: Barry M. Wolf
  • Co-Hiring Partners: Joshua Amsel & Jackie Cohen
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 1,100

  • Employment Contact
    Wesley B. Powell
    Associate Director, Legal Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 833-3533
    Email: recruit@weil.com

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    56 out of 59 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business Finance & Restructuring

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Boston, MA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Miami, FL
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Providence, RI
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Budapest
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • Shanghai
  • Warsaw
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