October 21, 2019
Executive Partner Barry Wolf has been profiled in the New York Law Journal as one of the Distinguished Leaders of 2019, an award he received as part of the publication’s annual Professional Excellence Awards. Mr. Wolf is among a select group of lawyers recognized for their exceptional leadership and achievements over the past year.
The Q&A profile highlighted Mr. Wolf’s approach to leadership, particularly his focus on sustaining and growing Weil’s unique culture so that the next generation of lawyers has the tools it needs to succeed. He has led Weil to record financial success, embracing change and modernizing business practices while always affirming the core commitment to mentorship, shared excellence, diversity and public service that first attracted him to Weil 35 years ago.
In response to the multi-generational shift in the workforce, Mr. Wolf led the Firm in developing a new shortened track to promotion to partner and counsel globally, and also in formalizing a remote working policy for associates. The profile also discussed the launch of the Weil Legal Innovators Program, a new philanthropic initiative to support the next generation of social impact leaders. Weil, working in partnership with five prominent law schools and more than 20 nonprofit organizations, will invest $1 million annually to support 10 rising law students in the program each year.
In addition to reflecting on the ways Weil is evolving to develop the next generation of lawyers, Mr. Wolf shared his advice for up-and-coming professionals.
“Do your absolute best and wow people on any assignment or project that you handle and great things will happen,” Mr. Wolf said. “It may not always be what you expect – but you’ll always create new, interesting and rewarding opportunities if you always deliver that ‘wow factor.’”
Mr. Wolf recently received the Outstanding Ally award at the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards, where he was honored for his dedication to myriad efforts to increase diversity and inclusion at Weil. He was also named one of the Top 10 legal innovators by the Financial Times in the 2018 Innovative Lawyers report.