Mr Wachtell is a founding and senior partner of the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. He is a graduate of New York University (1952) and its Law School (1954), has a Masters of Law degree from the Harvard University School of Law (1955) and has represented a wide range of clients in major commercial litigations throughout the United States, including extensive appearances in federal and state appellate courts.
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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