Mr Wachtell was editor of the New York University Law Review, from 1953 to 1954 and an assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1955 to 1957. He is the author of New York Practice Under the CPLR (first edition, 1963; second edition, 1966; third edition, 1970; fourth edition, 1973; fifth edition, 1976; sixth edition, 1986; Practising Law Institute).
He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the American Law Institute, American Bar Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York Bar Foundation.
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