Awards and Recognition
Weil partners in the New York office won a significant number of accolades throughout 2015 and 2016, in recognition of their leadership, innovation and groundbreaking successes across a variety of practice areas.
- Corporate Chairman Michael Aiello was named a 2015 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for his lead role advising Kinder Morgan in its approximately $76 billion acquisition of all the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners; and “Dealmaker of the Week” in The Am Law Daily for the week ending May 1, 2015 for advising Iron Mountain Inc. in its approximately $2.1 billion acquisition of Recall Holdings Ltd. He was also recognized as an M&A “Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal in 2015 and elected to the inaugural class of the American College of Governance Counsel.
- Jonathan Polkes, Co-Chair of Weil’s Litigation Department was named a Litigation “Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal in December 2016.
- Frederick Green, Co-Chair of Weil’s Transactions Practice (Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Infrastructure Investment) was named “Dealmaker of the Week” in The Am Law Daily in May 2015 for his lead role in advising Verizon Communications Inc. in its agreement to purchase AOL Inc. for approximately $4.4 billion.
- Six partners were named as Law360 2016 MVPs in November 2016: Michael Aiello (Mergers & Acquisitions), Corey Chivers (Capital Markets), Gary Holtzer (Bankrutpcy), Jeffrey Osterman (Technology), Jonathan Polkes (Securities Litigation) and Diane Sullivan (Trials).
- John Neuwirth, Co-Head of Weil’s Securities Litigation practice, was named “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily in March 2016 for securing a significant appellate victory for Sanofi in a suite of securities fraud cases.
- Diane Sullivan, partner in Weil’s Product Liability & Mass Torts practice, was named “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily in February 2016 for securing a complete defense jury verdict for Philip Morris USA in a medical monitoring class action suit.
- Faiza Rahman, partner in Weil’s Capital Markets practice, was named a Law360 2016 “Rising Star” for Capital Markets in April 2016.
- Garrett Fail was named among 40 Under 40 by Global Restructuring Review in March 2016.
Pro Bono Initiatives and Community Service
Weil has performed hundreds of thousands of hours of pro bono service since our current program was launched in August 2005. Recently, The National Law Journal named Weil to its 2016 Pro Bono Hot List for our successes in several major pro bono initiatives in 2015. Weil has also been honored by the New York State Bar for exemplary pro bono contributions in 2015. In addition, Weil and attorneys from the New York office were honored in 2015 by The Legal Aid Society with its Pro Bono Publico Award, the society’s highest law firm award, for successfully overturning the death sentence of an Alabama man who had been denied effective capital representation.
The New York office has partnered with The Legal Aid Society for many years to offer legal services on a diverse range of matters, including saving homes, representing death row inmates, safeguarding prisoners’ rights, representing families at risk of homelessness in class actions and advising small businesses.
In 2014, Weil attorneys and paralegals were recognized by The Legal Aid Society with its Pro Bono Publico Award for their work in support of the society and its pro bono efforts.
In 2013, Weil worked with The Legal Aid Society to help Superstorm Sandy victims submit appeals to FEMA in cases where homeowner insurance claims were denied. The Firm also served as co-counsel in a class-action suit against New York City when the city moved to evict about 1,000 displaced storm victims who were living in hotels through a temporary shelter program. In addition, Weil teams helped restore funding for rental assistance programs that help low-income families avoid eviction and homelessness, and secured urgent surgery for a New York State prison inmate.
Weil attorneys from the New York office also received The Legal Aid Society’s 2012 Innovative Pro Bono Initiative Award, which honors a law firm for establishing a pro bono project or specialty that uniquely meets the critical legal needs of low-income New Yorkers.