Chair of the firm since 2008, Mr Karp has achieved national prominence as both a litigator and corporate adviser. Mr Karp has extensive experience defending financial institutions and other companies in “bet the company” litigations and regulatory matters. Prior to being named chair of Paul, Weiss, Mr Karp chaired the firm’s litigation department.
Mr Karp has been profiled as one of the leading lawyers in the United States by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The American Lawyer, Chambers, The Lawyer (UK), Crain's, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, Lawdragon, Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, Euromoney Institutional Investors, Best of the Best USA, Law360, and Benchmark/Institutional Investor.
In 2003, Mr Karp was profiled in The American Lawyer as one of the 45 leading lawyers in the United States under the age of 45. His successful representation of financial institutions in complex litigations and regulatory matters was featured in a January 2010 American Lawyer story, "Wall Street Bailout," and in a January 2006 American Lawyer cover story, "The Lifesavers," in which Paul, Weiss was selected as the best litigation firm in the United States. In 2011, Mr Karp was named one of the Most Influential People in the Boardroom by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Also in 2011, Lawdragon named Brad its "Lawyer of the Year." In 2012, Chambers selected him as the only "Star" in its nationwide securities litigation category.
Mr Karp is a frequent lecturer and writer, having spoken at more than 300 conferences and published more than 400 articles on business litigation and securities law issues. Mr Karp has lectured on business litigation, securities litigation at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. For the past 26 years, Mr Karp has written a monthly column for the New York Law Journal, "Second Circuit Review," which analyses developments in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a frequent contributor to The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. Mr Karp is active in the community, serving as a director/trustee of the Legal Action Center, the Harvard Law School Leaders Council, the Riverdale Country School, the Partnership for New York City, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc, American Friends of Hebrew University, the New York Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, the programme advisory board of the Brennan Center for Justice, the Best Lawyers advisory board, the Economic Club of New York, the Federal Bar Council Second Circuit Inn of Court, the Union College President's council, and the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. Mr Karp also is a founding member of the PriceWaterhouse leaders council examining financial services industry regulatory reform, and a member of the New York City Bar Association task force on new lawyers in a changing profession.
Mr Karp is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude) and clerked for The Honorable Irving R Kaufman, former chief judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in 1984-85. Mr Karp has spent his entire professional career at Paul, Weiss.
WWL says: The "highly influential" Brad Karp enjoys a "prominent position" in the legal market. He has a "great way with clients" and is "incredibly proactive”
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