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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

Firms to Appeal Ruling Over Facebook Suit

David Bario : New York Law Journal : May 22, 2015

Three major law firms are appealing a court decision letting Facebook's suit against them proceed.

Law Firms' Fight With Facebook Heads to Appeals Court

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : May 19, 2015

After losing an early bid to escape the wrath of Facebook Inc., DLA Piper, Milberg and others are hoping they'll have better luck before a New York appeals court.

Survey: Firm Leaders Say Overcapacity Is Hurting Profitability

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 12, 2015

Altman Weil's seventh annual survey of law firms reveals that most have not bounced fully back since the Great Recession. Among the biggest challenges facing big firms today are overcapacity, new sources of competition and aging partners who don't have solid succession plans.

2015 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : May 11, 2015

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 50 young lawyers chosen as 2015 Rising Stars by a panel of 24 esteemed judges.

Legal Services Gains 2,300 Jobs in April, But Industry Layoffs Continue

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : May 08, 2015

The number of individuals employed in the legal services industry increased in April, despite a recent spate of staff reductions at Am Law 200 firms. Proskauer Rose became the latest to join those making cutbacks.

Fraud Action Reinstated Against Goldman Sachs

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : May 08, 2015

The Court of Appeals Thursday reinstated a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs & Co. for allegedly inducing an insurer to cover a mortgage-backed security that was designed to fail. The court also issued a ruling on whether judges can compel prosecutors to call witnesses or take other actions within their discretion under threat of contempt.

Kasowitz Revives ACA Lawsuit Over Goldman ABACUS CDO

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : May 07, 2015

Being called a "sophisticated investor" may be less of a handicap for plaintiffs in New York after a ruling by the state's highest court Thursday in .

Firm Leaders Expect Corporate Work to Drive Revenue

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 04, 2015

New York Law Journal reporter Christine Simmons conducts an informal survey of nine law firm leaders on their expectations for the rest of 2015 based on the first quarter of the year.

DISH Fends Off RICO Suit in Sprawling LightSquared Battle

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : April 29, 2015

Sullivan & Cromwell's Bob Giuffra scored a win in the latest chapter of a litigation saga involving Charles Ergen of DISH Network and Philip Falcone of Harbinger Capital Partners.

11th Circuit Punts Tax Shelter Question to Florida Justices

Noreen Marcus : Daily Business Review : April 27, 2015

The question of when the beneficiaries of an IRS-targeted tax shelter should be allowed to sue their enablers will go to the Florida Supreme Court.

The Tobacco Litigation That Wouldn't Die

Carlyn Kolker : The American Lawyer : April 27, 2015

The original "Engle" tobacco class action is long gone, but its progeny live on. Now the verdicts and settlements are mounting.

Litigation Department of the Year: Latham & Watkins

Ross Todd : The Recorder : April 24, 2015

Across practice areas, Latham litigators gave masterful courtroom performances, taking home key jury wins while also persuading judges to make new law that helped the whole corporate defense bar.

Court Blasts Ceglia Case on Eve of Law Firms' Hearing

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : April 20, 2015

A day before DLA Piper, Milberg and others must appear in court to defend their decisions to take Paul Ceglia's contract case against Facebook, the Second Circuit underscored the implausibility of Ceglia's claims.

In Google-Apple Rivalry, a Conflict Not Easily Waived

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : April 17, 2015

Both companies spread out their work and demand loyalty, which can wall out would-be laterals.

Legal Sector Jobs Backslide in March

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : April 03, 2015

After showing gains in February, the legal sector lost 1,200 jobs in March, according to seasonally adjusted preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Firms Make It Hard for Partners to Say Goodbye

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : April 03, 2015

Leaving a law firm can be painful and protracted—and that's often by design, says Shartsis Friese partner Joel Zeldin.

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.