Brad S. Karp - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Brad S. Karp

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Chair of the firm since 2008, Brad Karp is one of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers. Brad has extensive experience successfully defending financial institutions and other companies in “bet the company” litigations and regulatory matters. Prior to being named chair of Paul, Weiss, Brad chaired the firm’s Litigation Department.

Additional Information


Significant representations include:

  • Apollo in various matters;
  • Bank of America in several matters, including the litigations and regulatory matters arising out of Bank of America's 2008 merger with Merrill Lynch;
  • Bank of New York Mellon in several matters, including the litigations and regulatory matters arising out of the bank's foreign exchange standing instruction orders;
  • Bloomberg in various matters;
  • Citigroup  in multiple matters, including:
    • its Second Circuit victory allowing corporations to enter into federal regulatory consent judgments without admitting wrongdoing;
    • its arbitral victory defeating multi-billion-dollar claims brought by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), arising out of its December 2007 $7.5 billion investment in Citigroup;
    • its Southern District of New York jury trial victory defeating multi-billion-dollar claims by London-based private equity firm Terra Firma, which claimed it was defrauded in connection with its 2007 purchase of EMI;
    • its New Jersey state court jury trial victory defeating a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit brought by Parmalat;
    • its arbitral victory defeating a billion-dollar claim by a WorldCom investor who claimed he was defrauded by Citigroup and Jack Grubman, as a result of allegedly fraudulent research.
Harvard UniversityJ.D. 1984

Client Comments

"Brad Karp is a true superstar. He is very smart; he has excellent judgment and a real understanding of client needs and interests, as well as the specific case at hand."

"Brad S. Karp is the best. He is the most talented, responsive, client-sensitive, creative, effective lawyer of his generation in the country, no question."

"Brad Karp is as experienced at managing large scale complex litigation as anyone in the business. Even with his duties as chairman of Paul Weiss, he is still a go-to person for these assignments. Mark Pomerantz handles the criminal aspects of these cases, making this a very strong team."

"Brad is a spectacular lawyer. He should be the cover boy for Best Lawyers in America this year. He has handled many of the most difficult, cutting-edge issues arising from the financial crisis, and his clients are better off for having him on their side."

"Brad Karp is truly outstanding."

"Brad is an extremely capable lawyer with enormous skill and is extremely responsive. He understands tactics very well and is very helpful in getting his client to understand the decisions he has to make. He has the highest standing in the N.Y. legal community."

"Brad Karp is the highest quality lawyer, both substantively and interpersonally."

-Edward G. Turan
Citi Markets & Banking

"Brad is one of the smartest, most responsive, and strategically effective lawyers I have ever worked with, who also happens to be one of the most decent human beings I know. He's a pleasure to work with and a great teacher in the process to boot!"

-Bridget M. Healy
Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
ING Americas

"Brad is an exceptional lawyer in every respect. He keeps his cool under duress and always gives me great confidence that he understands and cares about our matter as though it were his own. Even though he is no doubt quite busy on other matters and firm business, I believe he is up to date on our matter and I know he is adding creativity and expertise to help the other members of the Paul Weiss team on the matter provide high quality service and results."

-Alan R. Blank
Newmont Mining Corporation

"Brad is an outstanding lawyer."

"Brad is one of the best. He is thoughtful, creative, extremely bright, and one of the hardest working guys around."

"Brad Karp is an outstanding lawyer, smart, responsive and client focused. He is able to mobilize equally able lawyers at Paul, Weiss."

"Brad Karp is not only a fine lawyer and trusted counselor, but the best relationship partner I have ever encountered. He is extremely responsive to client feedback."

"Brad Karp and his colleagues are all extremely pleasant and efficient to work with. They have created a very good team spirit which is beneficial to the client and the case."

"Brad is the best. He has tremendous and excellent judgment, and understands the intersection of law and business. He is practical, smart, and the hardest working person I know."

"Brad Karp is tough, relentless, and fearless. He is just who you want on your team in litigation."

Office Location

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the New York City Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the New York City Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Securities of the New York City Metro Area
Brad S. Karp has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Brad S. Karp has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Brad S. Karp has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Banking, Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Commercial Disputes, Complex Litigation, SEC Enforcement, Securities, Stockholders' Suits)
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Litigation - Securities