Deborah L. Paul


Honorable William T. Allen, Delaware Court of Chancery, 1989 – 1990

Deborah L. Paul

Deborah L. Paul is a partner in the Tax Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz where she focuses on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spinoffs and financial instruments.  Ms. Paul has been the principal tax lawyer on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions, including strategic acquisitions and private equity buyouts, in a wide array of industries. Ms. Paul is a frequent speaker at Practising Law Institute, American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association conferences on tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and related topics.  She is rated a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA, the Legal 500 and Super Lawyers and was recently named a Who’s Who Legal Global Elite Thought Leader in Corporate Tax.  She was elected partner in 2000.

Ms. Paul is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School teaching International Tax and was the 2019 Chair of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association. Prior to joining Wachtell Lipton in 1997, Ms. Paul was an Assistant Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (1995-1997) and an Acting Assistant Professor at New York University School of Law (1994-1995).

Ms. Paul received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1986, a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989 and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1994.

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