Paul, Weiss Sustainability and ESG Advisory Practice
Paul, Weiss’s Sustainability and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Advisory Practice helps clients develop integrated ESG strategies that safeguard corporate reputation, mitigate risk and leverage opportunity. Our multi-disciplinary team helps clients understand the ramifications of ESG initiatives and improve oversight of the ESG ecosystem of legal, compliance, operations, public relations, audit and data/analytics functions.
As one of the first elite law firms to establish a dedicated ESG practice, we provide both traditional legal services as well as a range of advisory services across the ESG, ethics and compliance ecosystem. Our team of lawyers, researchers, program managers and others employ rigorous qualitative and quantitative analyses, due diligence and sophisticated advocacy to help our clients navigate the fast-evolving ESG investment and regulatory landscape. We advise clients, including companies, financial services firms and other enterprises, on a full suite of sustainability and ESG reporting and legal, reputational and business risks, among other concerns.
Paul, Weiss’s Sustainability and ESG Advisory Practice was founded by firm Chairman Brad Karp and is led by Dave Curran, Co-Chair, ESG Advisory Practice.
Brad S. Karp
Brad Karp has been the Chairman of Paul, Weiss since 2008. One of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers, Brad has successfully guided numerous Fortune 100 companies, global financial institutions and other companies and individuals through “bet the company” litigations, regulatory matters, internal investigations, and corporate crises. Prior to being named chairman, Brad chaired the firm’s Litigation Department. Brad has spent his entire career at Paul, Weiss, beginning as a summer associate.
Brad is described by Chambers as “the best strategic adviser in the business” and “someone who every CEO in America should have on speed dial,” by The New York Times as “the most connected lawyer in the country,” and by Best Lawyers as “the most talented, responsive, client-sensitive, creative, effective lawyer of his generation in the country, no question.”
Brad has been named multiple times as “Lawyer of the Year” and “Litigator of the Year.” Brad has earned dozens of industry awards and recognitions for his successful client representations and legal achievements and for his role as a leader in the legal profession, the business community and the public interest world. Brad is active in the community, serving on more than 30 public interest, educational, cultural and charitable boards and has received numerous recognitions for his pro bono accomplishments and charitable service.
Dave Curran is the Executive Director of the ESG and Law Institute, a forum of businesses and academic institutions dedicated to the independent study of issues relating to the intersection of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues, business and the law. Dave is also the Co-Chair, Sustainability and ESG Advisory Practice, at Paul, Weiss, where he leads the Practice and develops and promotes the firm’s internal ESG practices.
As one of the nation’s foremost experts in ESG, Dave has a longstanding history of convening best-in-the-business ESG experts, business leaders and members of the legal community to discuss the myriad corporate sustainability and social responsibility imperatives that businesses face today. More than 1,000 lawyers, C-Suite executives, board members, industry experts, academics and students have attended these immensely popular roundtables and events, hosted by Paul, Weiss. Dave has also done adjunct work and lectured at Harvard, Boston University, New York University, New York Law School, The New School, Rutgers, and others.
Dave is a recognized leader in helping complex organizations build resilience. In addition to his work in the ESG space, he has more than 30 years of experience in legal, technology, compliance, risk and ethics roles. Dave has led many popular Thought Leadership conversations with senior executives on a variety of topics where business and technology intersect with the legal, compliance and risk ecosystems, including Transforming Law, Big Data, #MeToo and many others.
Dave began his career as a media trial and appellate lawyer before moving to senior in-house legal, compliance and regulatory affairs positions. He was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer at FiscalNote, a legal AI/technology company, and held senior business and legal leadership roles with Thomson Reuters, IntraLinks, Integrity Interactive, Havas, Vertis and Campbell Soup Company.
Dave serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s ESG Committee, which aims to educate and engage New York lawyers, law students and faculty on ESG practices and developments through thought leadership and robust educational programs.
Valerie Radwaner has been the Deputy Chair of Paul, Weiss since 2014, where she has spearheaded a wide range of important strategic initiatives. As a longtime partner in the Finance group, Valerie has advised numerous corporate borrowers, leading private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, and alternative lenders in a broad range of corporate finance transactions. Valerie has spent her entire career at Paul, Weiss.
Valerie has been recognized by numerous legal publications and directories for her work on behalf of clients. In 2021, Who’s Who Legal noted Valerie’s “top-tier work advising corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors,” and Lawdragon named her to its 500 Leading Dealmakers in America guide.
A longtime advocate for diversity throughout the legal profession, Valerie has been recognized by LEADERS Magazine, Corporate Counsel, Crain’s New York Business and Euromoney for her leadership in the legal industry on diversity, equity and inclusion matters. She serves on several civic, educational, cultural and charitable boards, as well as on various professional organizations devoted to women’s leadership and DEI.
Melinda Haag, a partner in the Litigation Department, is widely recognized as among the nation’s leading trial lawyers. Over more than three decades, Melinda has led or co-led more than 20 jury and bench trials, including complex white collar and civil rights cases, and has handled numerous white collar criminal matters, corporate investigations and complex commercial litigations. Melinda has long represented companies and their boards in law enforcement and multi-regulator investigations and in internal investigations, as well as senior executives in connection with government and internal investigations.
Melinda has had a distinguished career in public service. During her five-year tenure as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, she spearheaded numerous high-profile investigations and prosecutions. Earlier, Melinda served for nine years as a federal prosecutor, ultimately being tapped by then-U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller as Chief of the White Collar section of the San Francisco office.
A Fellow with the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, Melinda has been recognized twice by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California.
Melinda is an alumna of the Institute’s inaugural academic partner, the Berkeley School of Law.
Meredith R. Dearborn
Meredith Dearborn, a partner in the Litigation Department, has significant experience trying high-stakes commercial disputes for leading technology companies.
Meredith has taken nine cases to trial, winning favorable outcomes on behalf of several of the largest tech firms in Northern California. Her matters involve a variety of substantive areas, including intellectual property, contract, antitrust, and California state statutory and common law issues.
Meredith has long been recognized for her talent and dynamism. In 2021, Law360 named Meredith a Rising Star in the “Technology” category and the Daily Journal recognized her as a “Top 40 Under 40” lawyer. The American Lawyer previously named Meredith a “Litigator of the Week” for a high-stakes trial win on behalf of a large technology company in federal court in Boston. In 2018, Meredith was recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s “40 Under 40” by Silicon Valley Business Journal and as a Next Generation Honoree in The Recorder’s 2018 “Women Leaders in Tech Law.” She was also named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for eight consecutive years.
Meredith is an alumna of the Institute’s inaugural academic partner, the Berkeley School of Law.
Berkeley Law School’s Business in Society Institute
The Business in Society Institute works to define and advance a legal and policy agenda that encourages companies to account for stakeholders and the environment. As part of UC Berkeley School of Law, which is one of the only leading law schools with an ESG-focused curriculum, supporting the private sector’s commitment to solving societal issues is core to its own public mission.
The Business in Society Institute is housed within the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and draws upon the expertise of its leading business law faculty, students, and alumni to support research in law and business. The Institute connects scholars, practitioners and students to address challenges related to corporate innovation and sustainability. In the process, the Institute trains the next generation of leaders for the global economy.
The UC Berkeley School of Law is the ESG and Law Institute’s inaugural academic partner and home to one of the nation’s leading academic programs related to ESG, business and the law.
Adam Sterling is the Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Business and Director of Executive Education at Berkeley Law. He is also the co-founder of Startup@BerkeleyLaw. Previously he was a startup and venture capital attorney at Gunderson Dettmer and the co-founder and director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force and Conflict Risk Network.
Adam’s writings and work have appeared extensively in the press; including contributions to The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and National Public Radio. He has appeared on a number of broadcast news programs, including CNN’s Situation Room and CNBC’s Street Signs.
Amelia Miazad is the Founding Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Business in Society Institute at Berkeley Law School. Amelia teaches several courses at the intersection of stakeholder capitalism and corporate governance. In addition to her in-residence teaching at Berkeley Law, Amelia has designed and teaches several executive education courses for C-Suite executives and board members around the world.
Amelia’s recent publications explore stakeholder governance and ESG as a process for overseeing risk and a powerful tool for transforming corporate culture. Amelia’s curriculum and scholarship rely heavily on input from experts who are implementing environmental and social considerations into their business and investment practices. She regularly presents to audiences of corporate executives in the U.S., South America and Europe.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.
Danielle Holley-Walker is the Dean of Howard University School of Law. Dean Holley-Walker is a scholar of education law and civil rights, and an expert on diversity in the legal profession and higher education. Dean Holley-Walker holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and she was a law clerk to Judge Carl E. Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Dean Holley-Walker joined Howard University School of Law in 2014 as the dean and a professor of law. She teaches a wide variety of classes, including Legislation and Regulation, Inequality and Education, Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Federal Courts, and Leadership for Lawyers. Her scholarship focuses on the governance of public schools, increasing access to higher education, and diversity in the legal profession.
Dean Holley-Walker has won numerous awards, including the inaugural Impact Award from the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Foundation’s Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship Distinguished Alumni Award, the Lutie Lytle Conference Outstanding Scholar Award, the National Bar Association’s Heman Sweat Award, and the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award. She was twice awarded the Outstanding Faculty Member award during her tenure at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Dean Holley-Walker serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and on the board of the Howard University Middle School for Math and Science. She is a Liberty Fellow through the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is also a fellow with the American Council of Education.