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Weil Triply Honored at the 2023 New York Legal Awards

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Weil received three eminent honors at the New York Law Journal’s New York Legal Awards, which celebrate attorneys and firms in the state that have made remarkable contributions to the legal profession.

Corporate Department Chairman Michael J. Aiello was named among the “Dealmakers of the Year;” Richard A. Rothman, Special Pro Bono Counsel and former Co-Head of Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice, was honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award;” and the Firm was again selected as the “Litigation Department of the Year” in the Class Actions category.

Michael was honored for advising on numerous industry-shaping transactions, including Kroger in its $24.6 billion definitive merger agreement with Albertsons Companies and Vonage in its $6.2 billion sale to Ericsson, among others. In comments to New York Law Journal, Michael elaborates on what makes a great dealmaker explaining that, “Total commitment to your clients, the authenticity and insight to earn their trust and confidence, and the ingenuity to achieve their objectives,” are of utmost importance.

Richard’s career accomplishments, including his representations of such industry leaders as American Airlines, Reuters and Sanofi, and his work as Special Pro Bono Counsel, were also recognized and discussed in an in-depth profile. The publication noted his “groundbreaking career,” composed of “wins across the country in trials, arbitrations and investigations dealing with some of the seminal business topics of the last 40 years.”

Furthermore, Weil was named “Litigation Department of the Year” in the Class Action category for the third time in six years. The Firm’s major victories across practices and offices were spotlighted, including those for Brookfield Asset Management, Simon & Schuster and Burger King. In a recent interview with the publication, David Lender, Co-Chair of Weil’s global Litigation Department, explained how the department works, “hand-in-hand with our clients to develop and execute innovative, offensive strategies to parry plaintiffs’ attempts to generate leverage,” which help create “efficient, business-oriented results.”

Awardees were honored at a ceremony in New York City on October 4.