Brad S. Karp is Chairman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and has served in that role since 2008. Brad is one of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers, with 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.
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 and 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 Brad’s “significant and lasting impact on the legal community in New York.”
Brad has lectured on business litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and NYU Law School. 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 graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 1984, and has spent his entire professional career at Paul, Weiss.