Posted by: Academy of Achievement | 04/11/2012

Joshua Feltman, Class of 1991
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

When the Summit broke up Sunday morning, my parents met me at the Waldorf in New York and we went for a gospel brunch at the then-new-and-hip soul food restaurant Lola. In 1991, Oprah Winfrey was certainly famous and beloved — enough to be a keynote speaker at that year’s Summit — but she had not yet attained her current goddess-like status In any event, there she was at brunch a few tables over with a group of people. Figuring I had something of an “in,” I walked up to her to say hello. As soon as she saw the Academy yearbook I was carrying, she lit up and talked to me for several minutes about the Summit. I still have the yearbook in which she inscribed: Joshua, I will never forget the wonderful weekend we had together. Love, Oprah.

After attending the Achievement Summit in the spring of 1991, Joshua Feltman attended Harvard College, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Social Studies and winning the college’s Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship, good for a year of post-graduate study at Cambridge University. After graduating from Cambridge with an M.Phil. in Development Studies in 1996, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a consultant and regulatory economist with Price Waterhouse and National Economic Research Associates. In 1999 he enrolled at Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the law review, graduating magna cum laude in 2002.

Since 2002, Josh has been an associate, and now a partner, at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he specializes in corporate finance and bankruptcy. The simultaneous highs and lows of his career include working on some of the more notable transactions arising from the 2008 financial crisis, including the acquisition of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan, and the acquisition of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the United States Treasury. Josh lives in Manhattan with his wife Vicky and son George (11 months as of this writing).

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