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- 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.
In the News
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.
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.
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.
: The Recorder : January 20, 2015
New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.
: VerdictSearch : January 14, 2015
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.
: 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.
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.
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.
: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
: 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
Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : December 01, 2014
The firm wields its Chevron-Ecuador discovery tactics in a battle over Bahamas real estate.
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.
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.
: 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."
: VerdictSearch : October 29, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
: New Jersey Law Journal : October 08, 2014
Final Judgment Setting Insurance Coverage for Asbestos Claims Affirmed
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.
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."