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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

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

Gibson Dunn Goes Beachcombing

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014

The firm wields its Chevron-Ecuador discovery tactics in a battle over Bahamas real estate.

Am Law Trio Reaps Rewards From Record REIT IPO

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 20, 2014

Goodwin Procter, Hogan Lovells and Willkie Farr & Gallagher grabbed roles this week on a $2.29 billion initial public offering for Paramount Group, the largest-ever public listing for a real estate investment trust.

Bank of America Faces $1.7 Bil. in Mortgage Liability After Ruling

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Commercial Litigation Insider : November 14, 2014

Bank of America will continue to face over $1.7 billion in liability for more than 4,000 residential mortgage-backed securities that were originated by Countrywide Financial Corp. after a Manhattan Commercial Division ruling Thursday.

Internal Investigations

: New York Law Journal : November 10, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, brought to you free by : "Special Considerations and Challenges in Data Security Investigations," "Separate Representation for Employees in Investigations: A Delicate Line," "Health Care Fraud: First, Do No Harm," "Protecting Consultants' Work Product in Investigations," and "Enforcement Trends Change the Dynamics of Investigations."

Jury: Smoker Wasn't Member of Engle Class

: VerdictSearch : October 29, 2014

Judge OKs NY Discovery in Billionaires' Beachfront Brawl

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : October 29, 2014

Never underestimate how hard the rich—in this case a hedge fund founder and a clothing magnate—will fight over oceanfront property.

Facebook Sues DLA, Milberg, Former NY AG Over Ceglia Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : October 20, 2014

The lawsuit, filed by lawyers at Kellogg Huber, alleges that leading partners at DLA Piper, Milberg and other firms knew or should have known that Paul Ceglia forged the contract at the heart of his highly publicized ownership case against Facebook.

Judge Bars Firm from Pursuing Breach of Contract Claim

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman cannot pursue a breach of contract claim for $2.3 million in legal fees against a former client's company, a judge has ruled.

On the Move: McGuireWoods Adds Three Partners

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : October 08, 2014

McGuireWoods has added three partners in the past month—most recently tax lawyer Gerald Thomas II from Morris Manning & Martin this week.

Head Count Moves in Opposite Extremes at Patton Boggs, Stinson Leonard

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2014

Legacy firm Patton Boggs, along with Kenyon & Kenyon, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Bingham McCutchen and Dickstein Shapiro, were the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts drop the most over the past 12 months, according to data compiled by ALM's RivalEdge. A handful of Am Law 200 firms saw double-digit percentage increases, including Stinson Leonard Street, mostly as a result of mergers.

IMO Industries Inc. v. Transamerica Corporation

: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014

Final Judgment Setting Insurance Coverage for Asbestos Claims Affirmed

King & Spalding Raids Bingham in London, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 07, 2014

Bingham McCutchen has one partner left in London following the departure of a restructuring specialist for King & Spalding, which lost the founder of its London office to General Electric. Meanwhile, Schiff Hardin heads to Dallas, along with other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Q&A: Howard L. Bressler

Jeff Storey : New York Law Journal : October 03, 2014

Attorney Howard L. Bressler writes that in the summer of 2000, "life was good. Life was good." Then he was diagnosed with cancer. Bressler, a special counsel at Kasowitz Benson, says that he refused to be defined by his illness. Lawyerlike, he began to research his life-threatening condition and strategies to beat it, which he writes about in "The Layman's Guide to Surviving Cancer: From Diagnosis Through Treatment and Beyond."