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.
Our distinctive structure defines our approach.  We maintain a ratio of associates to partners significantly below that of other firms.  We focus on matters that require the attention, extensive experience and sophistication of our partners.
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.
Wachtell Lipton is dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels and achieving extraordinary results for our clients. We seek individuals who are talented, motivated and committed in order to maintain our record of excellence.


Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 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 an original signatory to the New York City Bar's Statement of Goals for Increasing Minority Representation and Retention.  The Firm is committed to recruiting a diverse and talented body of lawyers considering diversity in its broadest form.  We were one of the first New York City law firms to offer health benefits to domestic partners and to offer benefits to transgender individuals.

Diversity Committee

  • The Firm has a Diversity Committee, which provides guidance and recommendations on policies, procedures and specific action steps to meet the Firm’s objectives with regard to diversity and inclusion. The Firm has two full-time professionals who administer the Firm’s diversity initiatives: an Associate Director of Recruiting and Diversity and a Senior Coordinator for Recruiting and Diversity.

Diversity Initiatives and Programs

  • All of our attorneys, administrative directors and managers and support staff have participated in a diversity training program. This program was custom designed for our Firm to foster appreciation of diversity and its importance to us as a Firm. In addition, all summer associates and entering new attorneys go through the program. 
  • Since 2009, we have hosted a series of heritage month recognition presentations at the Firm. We have been fortunate to welcome General Counsel of Fortune 500 Companies, Presidents and Directors of prominent public interest groups, Circuit Court Judges and Law School Professors.
  • We actively encourage and support affinity group meetings among our attorneys. While informal in nature, these forums have proven to be a good way for attorneys to get together to discuss shared concerns and work toward a common goal. Currently, we have groups that represent our Women, African-American, Asian-American and LGBT attorneys.
  • We have administered a 1L Summer Associate Diversity Program for more than 15 years, which has produced a number of full-time associate hires.
  • The Firm has been an active participant in various school sponsored minority job fairs. We are also proud sponsors of the Lavender Law Career Fair. Throughout the year, we are also proud sponsors of numerous student affinity group activities, panels and conferences at various schools throughout the country.
  • We have been a partner firm in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Corporate Law Intern Program since 2007. A number of these summer interns have gone on to become full-time associates. We also participate in and are benefactors for the Prep for Prep Internship Program and the Legal Outreach Summer Internship Program.
  • We are proud to report that we were one of five pilot firms that participated in the NALP/Street Law program in 2009 and continued and expanded our involvement in recent years.
  • We are members of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and have nominated attorneys to participate in their Fellows Program.


  • In 2014 & 2015, we were recognized by American Lawyer as one of The Top Firms for Diversity.
  • For the past nine years, we have received a 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) as surveyed by the Human Rights Campaign.