June 27, 2019
Retired partner Carl Lobell has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Law Journal, as part of the publication’s annual Professional Excellence Awards. He is one of just nine individuals selected for this honor, which recognizes those who have made an impact on the legal community and the practice of law over an entire career.
Mr. Lobell joined Weil in 1965, after spending three years as a trial lawyer at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and went on to become a Co-Chair of Weil’s Litigation practice. A superb litigator and regulatory lawyer, he then applied himself to develop a corporate practice. Driven by a desire to be a true business lawyer for clients – to transcend the traditional advisory role so that he could provide 360-degree guidance on their most sophisticated matters – he espoused that being a good lawyer required knowledge of the technical rules of law and the client’s business. His close ties to his corporate clients fed his conviction that premium legal services required an international footprint and cross-border capabilities, and he was integral to Weil’s international expansion.
Mr. Lobell hired Weil’s first African American attorney and first woman attorney, and has continued throughout his career to advocate for diversity. He also mentored countless Weil lawyers. When he was at the Justice Department in the mid-1960s, he volunteered to oversee the registration of voters in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana and, shortly after joining Weil, he returned to Selma to represent the Southwest Alabama Farmers’ Cooperative Association (SWAFCA), set up by veterans of the Selma civil rights marches to advocate for African American farmers’ interests. In recent years, he was part of the Weil team that, in partnership with The Legal Aid Society, secured a momentous victory for an Alabama death row inmate, when the State declared that it would no longer seek to impose his death sentence.
Mr. Lobell, along with the other winners, will be profiled in the New York Law Journal’s upcoming Professional Excellence magazine and honored at the New York Legal Awards on October 23.