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Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 337
  • Gross Revenues: $263,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $780,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,965,000
  • Year Over Year Change: N/A

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has 337 attorneys and is the 131st largest firm in the United States.  With $234,500,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 127th on The American Lawyer's 2016 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 200 119 11 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

The Am Law Second Hundred: Taking a Dive

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : May 23, 2016

Overall, the firms in the bottom half of the Am Law 200 had a rougher year than their richer counterparts.

Law Firm, Creditors Seek Proceeds From Dakota Apartment

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : May 19, 2016

Now that hedge fund manager Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher's apartments at the Dakota are on the market for more than $13 million, his former attorneys at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman soon may be paid after years of litigating against him.

Energy Future Creditors Protest Accelerated Bankruptcy Plan

Angela Neville : Texas Lawyer : May 18, 2016

Energy Future Holdings Corp. is running into strong headwinds from creditors as it tries speed up its schedule in its $42 billion Chapter 11 restructuring by seeking the court's approval of its new plan.

A Smooth Landing for Air Cargo Suit

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : May 11, 2016

After $1.2 billion in settlements and a decade of litigation that swept in antitrust lawyers from more than 50 firms (seriously, did anyone NOT work on this case?), the massive air cargo price fixing litigation is coming in for a landing.

Fox Rothschild Bets on Big Wealth, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : April 27, 2016

The Philadelphia-based firm bolts on smaller wealth management shops in California and Florida; Jenner & Block rebuilds its government contracts group; Sidley Austin hires MoFo's ERISA head; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

: The Am Law Daily : April 20, 2016

Before The American Lawyer's complete annual Am Law 100 report is released on April 25, take a peek at preliminary reporting on law firm financials from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Fourth Circuit Ruling Means Insurance Company Has to Defend Business Following Breach

Ed Silverstein : Legaltech News : April 14, 2016

One attorney says the case 'should be a lesson to insurers that bad cases make bad law.'

Goldman Sachs Deal May Spell Big Payday for Kellogg Huber, Korein Tillery

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : April 11, 2016

Under a contingency fee deal with the National Credit Union Administration, the firms may enjoy a hefty cut of a $5.1 billion settlement with Goldman that was announced on Monday.

'Savings Provision' Clarifed in RMBS Cases

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : April 11, 2016

The Commercial Division justice assigned to hear residential mortgage-backed securities cases issued companion rulings March 29 that limited the use of the CPLR's "savings provision" by the plaintiffs' bar to revive cases dismissed on statute of limitations grounds.

It Takes a Lot of Lawyers to Represent Donald Trump

Scott Flaherty : The American Lawyer : March 28, 2016

The real estate mogul turned presidential candidate has sued or been sued myriad times. Who are his firms of choice?

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : March 15, 2016

Nixon Peabody, McKool Smith, K&L Gates and Bracewell have added new attorneys, while other firms announce promotions.

New Partners Yearbook 2016

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 11, 2016

The Law Journal's annual yearbook on new partners, including lateral hires, in New Jersey.

The Am Law 100: Kasowitz Benson's Rebound Falls Short

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : March 08, 2016

After a rebound year in 2014, New York-based Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman saw some key financial metrics slip last year, and that was before a key insurance recovery group left the firm in January.

Conn. Indian Tribe Sues State Over Casino Plans

MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO : The Connecticut Law Tribune : March 07, 2016

A proposal to build a third casino in Connecticut continues to attract lawsuits.

Customers Reap Benefits From Hughes Hubbard's MF Global Role

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : February 10, 2016

Hughes Hubbard & Reed received $87 million for its work handling the liquidation of MF Global's broker-deal unit, and customers and creditors of the defunct commodities trader also fared well after four years of bankruptcy proceedings finally came to an end this week.

Litigation Finance Arms Race Continues with New Hires at Burford, Bentham

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : February 09, 2016

Two leading litigation funders announced that they are hiring Big Law veterans and expanding their operations in North America.

Dickstein Shapiro, Greenspoon Marder See Head Counts Dip and Drive

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 09, 2016

The firms led the way in negative and positive head count growth for the Am Law 200 over the past 14 months.

Behind-the-Scenes of Latham's IP Litigation Surge

Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 05, 2016

A disciplined, multi-year hiring spree that brought in partners Douglas Lumish, Richard Frenkel and Jeffrey Homrig helped turn around a listless practice.

Insurance Team Departs Kasowitz for McKool Smith

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : February 04, 2016

McKool Smith, a 175-lawyer firm, is bringing on a team of lawyers from Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman led by insurance recovery leader Robin Cohen.

Telecom Firms Move to Dismiss Case on 911 Fees

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : February 03, 2016

Two telecommunications firms sued by Georgia's former governor on behalf of Cobb and Gwinnett counties have moved to dismiss the case, according to court papers filed in federal court in Atlanta.

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

McKool Smith Snags Kasowitz Benson Insurance Team

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 02, 2016

Robin Cohen, head of the insurance recovery group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, is leading a team of lawyers leaving the firm for 175-lawyer McKool Smith.

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Smoker Attorneys Flirted With Reversal of $75 Million Award

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : January 14, 2016

The Fourth DCA had strong words for plaintiffs attorneys who "pushed the envelope" in a high-dollar tobacco case.

New York Court Nixes Facebook Suit Against DLA Piper, Milberg

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : December 29, 2015

A New York appellate court has dismissed a malicious prosecution suit filed by social networking giant Facebook Inc. against DLA Piper, Milberg and a Buffalo, New York-based firm over their representation of alleged fraudster Paul Ceglia.

Morning Wrap: Lieberman and Churchill | Goldstein's Billing Rate | Kirkland Honored for Pro Bono

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : December 03, 2015

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman recognized, and the billing rate for Supreme Court litigator Tom Goldstein's firm: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.