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. In 2016 our program was recognized with awards by Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers North America Report, the New York State Bar and The National Law Journal. Weil received recognition from the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice for its special report on solitary confinement, undertaken on behalf of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. Weil attorneys also received the Cornerstone Award for distinguished service from the Lawyers Alliance for New York for representing LANY in its efforts to obtain records from the New York City Department of Finance related to the Department’s construction of the New York state property tax exemption for charitable organizations. The Firm was featured in The Am Law Daily for its significant victory for the East End Eruv Association, and religious freedom in general, in a dispute related to the establishment of an eruv - a symbolic enclosure significant to people of Jewish faith.
The New York office was also honored with the 2016 Pro Public Award from The Legal Aid Society. The Firm 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 addition to our pro bono work, members of the New York office are engaged through support of local organizations including Big Brother Big Sister, PENCIL and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in New York City. Additionally, many partners and staff serve on boards of national and local not-for-profits and charity organizations.