New York, April 16, 2004– Chambers USA: America’s Leading…

New York, April 16, 2004– Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a ranking guide of lawyers in the United States, included 51 individual attorney rankings for Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP in its 2004 guide.

Chambers and Partners, publishers of the guide, include law firms on merit only. The publisher investigated law firms and lawyers in each U.S. state through an exhaustive interview process in all the main areas of commercial law. Researchers conducted in-depth interviews with leading private practice attorneys and key in-house counsel. In addition to the individual rankings, Chambers USA ranked practice areas by geographic region.

Weil Gotshal offices were ranked No. 1 in three practice areas. They are:
· Antitrust (New York)
· Bankruptcy (New York)
· Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment (Massachusetts)

Six Weil Gotshal partners ranked No. 1 in six individual practice areas. They are:
· Martin J. Bienenstock- Bankruptcy (New York)
· Marcia L. Goldstein – Bankruptcy (New York)
· Alfredo R. Perez – Bankruptcy (Texas)
· Matthew D. Powers – Intellectual Property (California)
· James Westra – Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital (Massachusetts)
· Barry M. Wolf – Private Equity: Fund Formation (New York)

Weil, Gotshal, & Manges attorneys and their ranking practice areas included in the list are:
New York
Jay N. Fastow, Helene D. Jaffe, Debra J. Pearlstein, Irving Scher and A. Paul Victor
Washington, D.C.
James C. Egan Jr. and Steve A. Newborn

Banking & Finance
Glenn D. West (Dallas)
New York
Daniel S. Dokos and Marsha E. Simms

Alfredo R. Perez* (Houston)
Martin A. Sosland (Dallas)
New York
Martin J. Bienenstock* Marcia L. Goldstein*, Stephen Karotkin and Jeffrey L. Tanenbaum
*Alfredo R. Perez was ranked as No. 1 in Texas; Marcia L. Goldstein and Martin J. Bienenstock were ranked as No. 1 in New York.

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
New York
Stephen H. Cooper and Jeremy W. Dickens

Capital Markets:Securitisation
New York
Frank P. Nocco

James Westra (Boston)
R. Scott Cohen and Glenn D. West (Dallas)
New York
Thomas A. Roberts

Washington, D.C.
David R. Berz and Annemargaret Connolly

Intellectual Property
New York
Steven D. Glazer
Matthew D. Powers* (Silicon Valley)
*Matthew D. Powers was ranked as No. 1 in California.

IT & IT Outsourcing
New York
Michael A. Epstein

Litigation: General Commercial
Edward Soto (Miami)

New York
James W. Quinn

Litigation: Securities
New York
Joseph Allerhand

Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
New York
Otto Obermaier and John Wing

Media & Entertainment: Litigation
New York
R. Bruce Rich, Kenneth L. Steinthal and Robert G. Sugarman

Private Equity: Buyouts & Venture Capital Investment
James Westra* (Boston)
New York
Thomas A. Roberts
*James Westra was ranked as No. 1 in Massachusetts.

Private Equity: Fund Formation
Charles W. Robins (Boston)
New York
Jeffrey E. Tabak and Barry M. Wolf*
*Barry M. Wolf was ranked as No. 1 in New York.

Real Estate
Robert C. Feldman (Dallas)
New York
Alan Lascher and J. Philip Rosen

Paul H. Asofsky (Houston)
New York
Martin Amdur, Kimberly S. Blanchard, Stuart Goldring, Kenneth H. Heitner, Martin Pollack and Marc L. Silberberg

A firm profile and complete rankings are available on the Chambers USA website at:

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is an international law firm of more than 1,100 attorneys, including approximately 300 partners. Weil Gotshal is headquartered in New York, with offices in Austin, Boston, Brussels, Budapest, Dallas, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Miami, Munich, Paris, Prague, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Warsaw and Washington, D.C.
# # #