October 23, 2019
Carl Lobell has been profiled in the New York Law Journal for the Lifetime Achievement Award he has received in recognition of his impact on the legal community and the practice of law over his career.
The New York Law Journal profile was written by Weil senior partner Ira Millstein, who first met Mr. Lobell when interviewing him for a job at the Firm in 1965. It highlighted Mr. Lobell’s multifaceted expertise and genius for solving complex problems, strengths that made him indispensable to clients and colleagues alike in the course of his trailblazing career.
“Everyone trusts and likes Carl,” Mr. Millstein wrote. “He is adept, brilliant and analytical and, throughout his career, he has demonstrated a capacity to solve some of the most complex legal and financial questions.”The profile reflected on Mr. Lobell’s many contributions to Weil, where he has had an outsize presence as a mentor, a leader across the litigation and corporate practices, a member of the Firm management, and a champion for diversity.
Mr. Lobell also has a distinguished record of pro bono service throughout his career. The profile noted his successful pro bono representation of African-American farmers in Selma, Alabama, whose produce had been boycotted by major company purchasers. It also cited Mr. Lobell’s work for the NAACP and his efforts early in his career as a Justice Department lawyer to register voters in the South.
Mr. Lobell’s lifelong passion for art, which has led him to donate major works to New York City’s preeminent museums, and his devotion to his children and grandchildren are also noted.
“Carl has had an extraordinary career, impacting so many of us for the better,” Mr. Millstein wrote. “He redefined excellence in the practice of law, demonstrating to attorneys that we could be much more than simply outside legal advisors, but could be true business partners and advisors to our clients. He also showed us all that it is equally important to be responsible citizens and contributors to our society.”