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Herbert Wachtell

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Herbert M. Wachtell
Born (1932-05-24) May 24, 1932 (age 86)
Nationality American
Alma mater City College of New York
New York University
New York University School of Law
Occupation Lawyer

Herbert Maurice Wachtell (born May 24, 1932) is an American lawyer. He is the co-founder of the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Education and early career

Herbert Maurice Wachtell was born on May 24, 1932 in New York City. His parents were Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine).[1]

Wachtell attended public schools in New York City, followed by City College of New York in Manhattan.[1] He graduated from New York University (B.S. 1952), New York University School of Law (LLB 1954, Order of the Coif), and Harvard Law School (LLM 1955).[2]

From 1955–1957 he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York prosecuting federal crimes including racketeering.[3] In 1957-1958, he served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the House Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight, investigating corrupt activities at certain of the government administrative agencies.[4] Upon leaving public service, he founded a small law firm specializing in litigation and lectured as an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law and authored a single-volume text, New York Practice under the CPLR which then went through six editions.[5]

Later career

In 1965, he and NYU Law alumni Martin Lipton, Leonard Rosen, and George Katz joined together to found Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. The firm is known for big risk and complex transactions and litigation.[6]

Herbert Wachtell has handled a wide range of litigation including, notably, landmark takeover fights in the Delaware courts involving Time-Warner and Paramount.[7] His international profile was enhanced by his role representing Silverstein Properties in litigation to secure rebuilding insurance proceeds following the World Trade Center attacks.[8]

Boards and awards

Wachtell is a recipient of the Chambers Lifetime Achievement Award in Litigation in 2006.[9] He and his wife are active in a variety of the philanthropic and cultural areas. He is a former Co-Chair of the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, former Chairman of the Board of Phoenix House Foundation and member of the Boards of NYU School of Law and the former New York City Opera.[10][11][12][13]

Personal life

Wachtell is discussed in Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers.[1] He is married to Svetlana Stone Wachtell and has five children from previous marriages, as well as eight grandchildren.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Gladwell, Malcolm (2008). Outliers: The Story of Success. London: Penguin Books. pp. 156–157. ISBN 9780316017923. OCLC 225870354. 
  3. ^ Peter Lattman (December 5, 2005). "High-Profile Prosecutor Anders To Take Post at Wachtell Lipton". The Wall Street Journal. 
  4. ^ "Lawyer Paid Off FCC Member Asserts Schwartz". Daily Herald (Utah). February 13, 1958. 
  5. ^ Michael D. Goldhaber (September 8, 2015). "Distinguished Leaders: Herbert Wachtell and Martin Lipton". The American Lawyer. 
  6. ^ David J. Parnell (February 24, 2016). "Daniel Neff Of Wachtell Lipton: On Leading The Market's Most Prestigious Law Firm". Forbes. 
  7. ^ Kathryn Harris (November 30, 1993). "Delaware Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Paramount's Appeal : Merger: The state high court will decide whether studio can accept Viacom bid without entertaining QVC's offer". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Dan Ackman (July 23, 2003). "Larry Silverstein's $3.5B Definition". Forbes. 
  9. ^ Chambers USA: Herbert M Wachtell
  10. ^ "Company Overview of Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law". Bloomberg L.P. December 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Phoenix House Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Phoenix House. December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Board of Trustees". New York University School of Law. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ Jason Grant (May 3, 2011). "'Defying Gravity' - New York City Opera's Spring Gala". 
  14. ^ "Herbert Wachtell". Gawker. February 3, 2008. 

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