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.

Pro Bono

Commitment to Pro Bono Work

Wachtell Lipton is committed to supporting attorneys who undertake pro bono projects in all areas of the law.  Pro bono clients are clients of the firm, and no distinction is made between hours spent on pro bono or other client matters.

The firm provides partner supervision, training, and mentoring on all pro bono matters.  Associates are encouraged to attend pro bono training classes and seminars held by our partnering organizations.  In addition, summer associates routinely participate in Wachtell Lipton's pro bono practice and may be assigned to any pro bono matter. 

Recent Representative Matters

Attorneys at Wachtell Lipton have represented pro bono clients in many areas of the law including, civil rights, immigration, criminal defense, nonprofit corporate and tax law, housing rights, real estate, and the arts.  For example:

  • through partnerships with the Office of the Appellate Defender, the Legal Aid Society, and the CJA Panel, our attorneys have represented indigent criminal defendants at plea hearings, sentencing, direct appeal, and before the New York Court of Appeals;
  • our firm successfully represented the Chief Judge of the State of New York and the New York State Unified Court System in their challenge to New York’s failure to increase judicial salaries, leading to the adoption of legislation establishing a judicial pay commission charged with adjusting judicial pay without consideration of conflicting political influence;
  • our attorneys have represented the American Friends of Rambam Medical Center, a 501(c)(3) corporation supporting a major research hospital in northern Israel, in connection with a variety of corporate, compliance and organizational matters;
  • through partnerships with both Immigration Equality and the Legal Aid Society, we have handled many immigration matters;
  • in partnership with Her Justice, our firm has represented a number of indigent women in their family court battles with abusive spouses; and
  • our firm represented and secured an important victory for Swiss installation artist Christoph Büchel in the artist’s highly publicized dispute with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Community Activities

We are proud of the considerable contributions that Wachtell Lipton has made to the legal profession and the positive impact we have on our community through service on not-for-profit boards, financial support and leadership on numerous philanthropic and public policy causes. In addition, our attorneys have taught courses at law schools including Columbia, Fordham, Harvard, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford and Yale, among others, in fields such as constitutional law, ethics, advanced criminal procedure, deal litigation, legal writing and corporate law.