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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

Fried Frank Hires DLA Piper's $5 Million Man

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 01, 2015

Fresh off a rebound financial year in 2014, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has hired a new litigation chair in James "Jamie" Wareham from DLA Piper, a global legal giant that made its soon-to-be-former partner a $5 million man after hiring him four years ago from Paul Hastings.

Docs Show How DLA, Kasowitz Sparred Over Facebook Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : March 31, 2015

We knew Kasowitz Benson warned DLA Piper that Facebook claimant Paul Ceglia appeared to be a fraud. Now, with Ceglia missing and DLA facing fraud accusations of its own, a ruling gives an idea of just how hard Kasowitz tried to discourage DLA from taking Ceglia's case.

Caesars Loses Bid to Dismiss Creditor Action in Delaware

Gina Passarella : Delaware Business Court Insider : March 25, 2015

The Delaware Court of Chancery has rejected a motion by various Caesars Entertainment entities to dismiss a lawsuit that raises allegations the companies diverted their strongest assets to other related companies in advance of filing for bankruptcy.

In-House Counsel Profile: Vector Group Ltd.'s Marc Bell

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : March 23, 2015

General counsel Marc Bell oversees corporate affairs and risk management at the holding-company level, and manages litigation for each of Vector's subsidiaries.

Lewis Brisbois Lands in Wichita, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 20, 2015

Kutak Rock loses eight of its nine lawyers in Wichita to growing Am Law 200 firm Lewis Brisbois; Cahill makes a rare partner hire; Kasowitz and Polsinelli partners take entrepreneurial turns; musical chairs at McDermott; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

King & Spalding Snags Pair of McDermott Litigators

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 20, 2015

Bobby Burchfield, a management committee member and head of the complex litigation group at McDermott Will & Emery, has left the firm with partner Matthew Leland for King & Spalding. Burchfield joins the firm nearly four years after the departure of former top litigator Paul Clement. His departure from McDermott comes on the heels of a pair of IP partners defecting for Paul Hastings and as McDermott seeks to ramp up its private client practice.

From Kasowitz to Kickstarter: Iraq Vet Eyes Medical Records Revolution

: The Am Law Daily : March 19, 2015

L. Okey Onyejekwe Jr., an Iraq War veteran and IP litigation partner with Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman in Silicon Valley, left the firm last month to focus on Zobreus Medical Corp., a startup mobile and health technology company that launched a Kickstarter campaign this week to revolutionize medical records.

Goodwin Procter Slashes 2 Percent of Workforce

Nell Gluckman and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 18, 2015

The Am Law 100 firm announced Wednesday that it would let go off 21 lawyers and 17 professional staffers from its litigation department.

New South Florida Managing Partners: A More Diverse Group

Julie Kay : Daily Business Review : March 18, 2015

South Florida's new managing partners are a more diverse group than in the past and include several women and one African-American.

Litigation Lag Reveals Law Firms Making Same Mistakes

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : March 16, 2015

The slowdown in litigation facing the country's largest law firms has not only raised the specter of layoffs, but has also revealed that firms have made some of the same old hiring decisions in building back from the recession and may need to once again restructure.

Kasowitz Benson Trims Its Ranks

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : March 12, 2015

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman confirmed that it announced layoffs this week but declined to say how many lawyers or staff were affected.

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.