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Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 372
  • Gross Revenues: $229,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $615,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,450,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -6

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has 372 attorneys and is the 117th largest firm in the United States.  With $229,500,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 130th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, FL, GA, NJ, NY and TX.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 130 -6 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 117 3 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 97 21 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 37 -4 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 47 -32 Summer programs

In the News

Ready for the 'L' Word

Andrew Ramonas : Corporate Counsel : March 01, 2015

Former lawmakers and staffers are starting their new careers.

Avedon Foundation May Pursue Insurer Over Damaged Photo

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : February 26, 2015

A suit filed by the Richard Avedon Foundation against an insurance company over coverage of a water-damaged piece of artwork has withstood a motion to dismiss.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Kasowitz's Revenues Get Big Bounce From FHFA Settlements

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : February 25, 2015

After taking a hit in 2013, the litigation-focused Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman saw its gross revenue grow 14.6 percent in 2014 as the firm finalized two massive mortgage-backed securities settlements on behalf of the U.S. Federal Housing and Finance Agency.

Panel Upholds Finding of 'Egregious' Marital Fault

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : February 23, 2015

A matrimonial judge's decision to jail a divorcing husband for contempt, and her finding that his "egregious economic fault" warranted giving two-thirds of an $8 million marital estate to his wife, have been upheld by the First Department.

Judge Denies Injunction to Marine Alleging 'Coverup'

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : February 19, 2015

A U.S. Marine seeking to block a disciplinary proceeding he claims was brought because he alleged information was concealed in the 2012 murders of three fellow Marines in Afghanistan has lost his bid for a preliminary injunction.

Kasowitz Wins $2.7 Million Judgment From Ex-Client

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : February 17, 2015

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has obtained a $2.7 million judgment against hedge fund manager Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher, after the law firm sued him for unpaid legal fees.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 17, 2015

Matthew Biben, former general counsel of consumer and community banking at JPMorgan Chase, has joined Debevoise & Plimpton; class action boutique Sanford Heisler is now named Sanford Heisler Kimpel to include partner Kate Kimpel; and more announcements.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

In-House Counsel Profile: Godiva Chocolatier Inc.'s Jon Drucker

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : February 09, 2015

Drucker serves on the 14-member global leadership team, examines potential franchise opportunities and reviews marketing agreements, endorsements and public relations contracts. Oh, and he helps out at Godiva stores on Valentine's Day — the busiest day of the year.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Locke Lord Lures Boies Litigator, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 04, 2015

Boies Schiller & Flexner partner Kathleen Smalley is headed to newly merged Locke Lord; Davis Polk poaches Greenberg Traurig's real estate chair in New York; three DLA Piper finance lawyers depart; Littler Mendelson heads to Maine; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Clifford Chance, Pillsbury Add DLA Piper Finance Trio

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2015

DLA Piper has been active on the lateral hiring front this year, but the global legal giant saw three finance lawyers leave its robust ranks this week for Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. One partner heading to Pillsbury was caught up in a high-profile overbilling suit filed against DLA Piper by a former client in 2013.

New York Promotions Remain Steady, While Firmwide Numbers Increase

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : February 02, 2015

The number of New York lawyers promoted to partner at the largest law firms in the state is holding steady, while several firms are increasing partner promotions firmwide.

Kasowitz Benson Names Minsker Co-Managing Partner in Miami

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : January 26, 2015

Jonathan Minsker has relocated from the New York office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman to become co-managiing partner in Miami.

Four Kasowitz Partners Join DLA Piper

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 26, 2015

DLA Piper has hired four New York partners from Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, including the chair of its employment and litigation practices, Eric Wallach.

McDermott Taps New COO, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 25, 2015

Two firms shuffling their COOs saw partners depart in January; DLA Piper and Kirkland & Ellis make some high-profile labor and employment hires; Quinn Emanuel grows in Houston; Wilmer raids MoFo for a new cybersecurity chair; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 20, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Family Receives $13M in Smoker's Cancer Death

: VerdictSearch : January 14, 2015

Schlesinger Team Wins $35 Million Verdict for Smoker

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : January 14, 2015

Scott Schlesinger, Steven Hammer and Jonathan Gdanski told the jury that Philip Morris and Liggett Group hid information about the health dangers of their cigarettes.

INADMISSIBLE: McDonnell Sentenced, Eyes on the Appeal

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2015

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's lawyers are wasting no time taking his public corruption conviction to a federal appeals court. Plus more in this week's column.

Former Lawmakers, Staffers Now Free to Lobby

Andrew Ramonas : Legal Times : January 08, 2015

The start of the new Congress could bring new business to nearly two dozen former federal lawmakers and congressional staffers who have left Capitol Hill since 2013, if they can stomach the oft-maligned title of lobbyist.

Changes Are In Store for Patent Law

Scott Graham : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2015

The federal judiciary has already adopted tighter pleading standards and discoveThe federal judiciary has already adopted tighter pleading standards and discovery limits that promise to make life even harder for nonpracticing entities when the rules take effect next fall.

January Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2015

Patent Lawyers Forecast More Flux in 2015

Scott Graham : The Recorder : December 31, 2014

With rule changes in the works, big questions pending on appeal, and patent reform on Washington's agenda, some are urging caution. "The chess board is moving as we speak," says Foley & Lardner special counsel Andrew Baluch.

The Year's Most Interesting Litigation

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : December 30, 2014

Changing technology sparked a range of memorable lawsuits—but so did some timeless (and thorny) legal issues.

Panel Affirms Judgment Against Real Estate Mogul

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : December 24, 2014

The Appellate Division, First Department, has handed New York real estate mogul Harry Macklowe a defeat in his long-running litigation with his former "right-hand man," Warren Cole.

The Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege

Hayes Hunt and Michael P. Zabel : The Legal Intelligencer : December 17, 2014

The crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege: As an attorney, you may not anticipate it applying to your emails, your letters or your advice to your client. But even if you never see it coming, your client's intentions in obtaining legal advice may expose your communications to disclosure. A law firm is experiencing this problem firsthand in a series of high-profile cases involving Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and a former business partner. The cases present an interesting study in how the crime-fraud exception can operate.

$20M Accounting Malpractice Case Overshadows Asset Merger

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Commercial Litigation Insider : December 16, 2014

A religious charity's efforts to attach $20 million in assets from Rothstein Kass, a New Jersey accounting firm recently acquired by KMPG, got a boost last week when a Manhattan judge ordered a hearing on why the firm's assets should not be attached.

Penn State's Legal Fees Rack Up While Controversy Winds Down

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : December 08, 2014

As UVA comes under fire for failing to investigate reports of sexual assault on campus, Penn State is trying to wind down a controversy of its own. DLA Piper released its ninth quarterly report on athletic integrity at the university, giving it a positive review of its progress. Meanwhile, firms such as Reed Smith, Saul Ewing, Duane Morris, Jenner & Block, along with DLA, will collect some of the $56 million—perhaps more—that Penn State now owes in legal and other fees.

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

U.S. ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries; Mobil v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; Facebook v. DLA Piper; Masimo v. Philips Electronics