Paul, Weiss Expands Presence in Northern California With Four Prominent Lateral Partners

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --A Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP announced today that Melinda Haag, Walter Brown and Randy Luskey will join the firm as partners in the Litigation Department, and Jeremy M. Veit as a partner in the Corporate Department. The four additions will form the foundation for the new Paul, Weiss Northern California office, alongside litigation partner Meredith Dearborn."We are thrilled that Melinda, Walt, Randy and Jeremy have chosen to join our partnership and help launch our San Francisco office," said Paul, Weiss Chairman Brad S. Karp. "Our attorneys have a long history of securing successful outcomes for the largest and most important companies in the Bay Area and our clients have strongly encouraged us to establish an on-the-ground presence in Northern California to help them navigate their most significant legal challenges and business opportunities. With further expansion on the horizon, this world-class group of partners underscores Paul, Weiss's position as a leading player in Northern California at a time of increased litigation and regulatory threats and expanding commercial opportunities.""It has been my great pleasure to work closely with Melinda and Walt and to see their many talents up close. I have been struck by how uniformly well-respected they and Randy are throughout the Bay Area and beyond a?? I cannot wait to be their partner," said Paul, Weiss Litigation partner Karen L. Dunn, who joined Paul, Weiss last year and whose practice includes a focus on the Bay Area. "Together with our partners Meredith Dearborn, Bill Isaacson, Jeh Johnson, Jeannie Rhee and others, Paul, Weiss has put together an all-star team for our Bay Area clients facing business-critical litigation and government oversight.""Jeremy is a top-flight private equity lawyer with strong relationships across the region," saidA Scott A. Barshay, chair of the Paul, Weiss Corporate Department. "We look forward to continuing to develop our West Coast corporate practice, building on Jeremy's significant practice advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies."With more than three decades of experience handling white collar criminal matters, corporate investigations and complex commercial litigation, Melinda Haagis widely recognized as among the leading trial lawyers in the United States. A former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California and former chair of the global litigation department at her prior firm, Ms. Haag has been lead or co-lead lawyer in more than 20 jury and bench trials, including a wide variety of complex white collar and civil rights cases. She has handled countless complex investigations on behalf of companies, boards of directors and the government, and has represented numerous high-level executives in connection with government investigations and litigations, as well as internal investigations. Recently, Ms. Haag and Mr. Brown were recognized as "Top Trade Secrets Lawyers in California" by the Daily Journal.
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