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Brad S. Karp

Brad S. Karp

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

New York, NY, USA


Chair of the firm since 2008, Brad is one of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers. Brad has extensive experience successfully defending financial institutions and other companies in “bet the company” litigations and regulatory matters. Prior to being named chair of Paul, Weiss, Brad chaired the firm’s Litigation Department.

Brad has been profiled as one of the leading lawyers in the United States by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Chambers, The Lawyer (U.K.), Crain’s, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, Lawdragon, Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, Euromoney Institutional Investors, Best of the Best USA, Law360, and Benchmark/Institutional Investor.

Brad’s successful representation of financial institutions and other companies in complex litigations and regulatory matters was featured in a January 2014 American Lawyer cover story in which Paul, Weiss was selected as the best securities litigation/regulatory firm in the United States, in a January 2010 American Lawyer story, “Wall Street Bailout,” and in a January 2006 American Lawyer cover story, “The Lifesavers,” in which Paul, Weiss was selected as the best litigation firm in the United States. In 2003, Brad was profiled in The American Lawyer as one of the 45 leading lawyers in the United States under the age of 45.

For the past several years, Brad has been named one of the Most Influential People in the Boardroom by the National Association of Corporate Directors. In 2014 Crain’s named Brad one of the Most Influential New Yorkers. In 2011, Lawdragon named Brad its “Lawyer of the Year.” For the past several years, Chambers has selected Brad as the only “Star” in its Nationwide Securities Litigation category. Best Lawyers named Brad its 2014 “Banking and Finance Litigator of the Year,” and its 2012 “Securities Litigator of the Year.” In 2012, The Financial Times selected Brad as one of the 10 most innovative lawyers in the United States. In 2013, Benchmark Litigation/Euromoney selected Brad its “Litigator of the Year.” In 2013, the New York Law Journal awarded Brad its first-ever Impact Award, in recognition of his “significant and lasting impact on the legal community in New York.”

Brad is a frequent lecturer and writer, having spoken at more than 350 conferences and published more than 400 articles on business litigation and securities law issues. Brad has lectured on business litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and NYU Law School. For the past 29 years, Brad has written a monthly column for the New York Law Journal, “Second Circuit Review,” which analyzes developments in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a frequent contributor to The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

Brad is active in the community, serving as a director/trustee of the Legal Action Center, the Riverdale Country School, Mount Sinai Hospital, The Partnership for New York City, the Harvard Law School Leadership Council, the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc., the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, American Friends of Hebrew University, the New York Bar Foundation, the Program Advisory Board of the Brennan Center for Justice, the Best Lawyers Advisory Board, the Economic Club of New York, the Federal Bar Council Second Circuit Inn of Court, the Union College President’s Council, and the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. Brad also is a founding member of the PriceWaterhouse Leaders Council examining financial services industry regulatory reform, and a member of The New York City Bar Association Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession.

Brad has received a number of recognitions for his legal accomplishments and charitable activities, including the Servant of Justice Award by the Legal Aid Society, the Learned Hand Award by AJC, the Human Relations Award by the Anti-Defamation League, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Award by the Legal Action Center, the Pro Bono Award by the Pro Bono Partnership, the Torch of Learning Award by American Friends of Hebrew University and the Extraordinary New Yorker Award by the JBFCS.

Brad is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude) and clerked for The Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, former Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Brad has spent his entire professional career at Paul, Weiss.

Brad and his wife, Robbie, live in Manhattan and have two children: Meredith, a 3L at Harvard Law School, and David, a sophomore at Cornell University.

Brad S. Karp is associated with the following items:
Transcripts  Transcripts General Counsel Under Scrutiny - General Counsel Under Scrutiny, Tuesday, September 28, 2010
General Counsel Under Scrutiny - General Counsel Under Scrutiny, Thursday, October 13, 2011
General Counsel Under Scrutiny - General Counsel Under Scrutiny, Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Private Securities Litigation - Private Securities Litigation, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Investigation: Coordinating Requests from Government Regulators - The Investigation: Coordinating Requests from Government Regulators, Wednesday, May 01, 2013
The Investigation: Coordinating Requests from Government Regulators - The Investigation: Coordinating Requests from Government Regulators, Friday, April 25, 2014
Private Securities Litigation - Private Securities Litigation, Monday, November 10, 2014
Web Segment  Web Segment Private Securities Litigation - Securities Regulation Institute 2014 (46th Annual), Monday, November 10, 2014
The Investigation: Coordinating Requests from Government Regulators - Securities Litigation 2015: From Investigation to Trial, Thursday, April 23, 2015
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Private Securities Litigation - Private Securities Litigation, Monday, November 10, 2014
The Investigation: Coordinating Requests from Government Regulators - The Investigation: Coordinating Requests from Government Regulators, Thursday, April 23, 2015
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Private Securities Litigation - Private Securities Litigation, Monday, November 10, 2014
The Investigation: Coordinating Requests from Government Regulators - The Investigation: Coordinating Requests from Government Regulators, Thursday, April 23, 2015
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Securities Regulation Institute 2014 (46th Annual), Friday, November 21, 2014, New York, NY
Securities Litigation 2015: From Investigation to Trial, Wednesday, May 06, 2015, New York, NY
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