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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: 11

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 $263,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 119th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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

Milberg Notifies New York of 32 Layoffs

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

Milberg, a once high-flying plaintiffs firm, has notified New York sate of its intention to let go of 32 employees by December. The cutbacks are the latest by a big firm coping with a drop-off in high-stakes litigation tied to the 2008 financial crisis.

OAD to Present Gould Award to Halligan and Naftalis

Melissa Hoffmann : New York Law Journal : September 30, 2015

The Office of the Appellate Defender will host the 22nd annual First Monday in October fundraising event on Oct. 5 at the NYU School of Law. Caitlin Halligan of Gibson Dunn and Gary Naftalis of Kramer Levin will present arguments based on 'Evenwel v. Abbott', a voting rights case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.

INADMISSIBLE: Marshall's Legacy: THE LDF Ties That Bind

: The National Law Journal : September 21, 2015

While GOP presidential hopefuls invoked the legacy of Ronald Reagan on a California debate stage on Sept. 16, a group of high-powered lawyers and judges met in New York to honor another storied American: Thurgood Marshall. Plus more in this week's column.

Fee Tracker: Space, Securities, Shale and Stadia

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 19, 2015

A look at the Am Law 100 firms fueling up with clients competing in the new space race; Quinn Emanuel and Kasowitz Benson's FHFA fee windfall; the legal fees of the Marcellus Shale Coalition; and Sutherland Asbill's bills backing a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves.

Federal Agency Pays Two Firms $406M for MBS Litigation

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : September 16, 2015

Quinn Emanuel and Kasowitz Benson have received more than $406 million in attorney fees and costs for representing the Federal Housing Finance Agency in litigation against banks over the sale of mortgage-backed securities.


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : September 16, 2015

Boutique litigation firm Holwell Shuster & Goldberg has signed a new sub-sublease for more than three years with Mishcon de Reya at 750 Seventh Ave. Also, Thor Equities LLC has purchased a five-story residential building at 17 W. 125th St. in Central Harlem for $29.6 million.

Marketplace: Akelius RE Acquires Six Brooklyn Buildings for $125.5M

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : September 02, 2015

Brooklyn has been bustling with a number of notable real estate deals, including several transactions involving Akelius Real Estate Management LLC and Madison Realty Capital.

Big Suits

: The American Lawyer : August 24, 2015

Franklin California v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Smartflash v. Apple; Jang v. Boston Scientific; Amphastar v. Sanofi

In-House Counsel Profile: GFI Capital Resources Group Inc.'s Ilya Braz

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

"I like deal closings."

Suit Against Goldman Clears Pleading Threshold, Panel Says

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : August 21, 2015

The First Department cleared the way Tuesday for a $120 million suit charging Goldman Sachs and hedge fund giant Paulson & Co. with fraud in connection with the 2008 mortgage meltdown.

In Rare Move, Bouchard Forces Sale in Business 'Divorce'

Amaris Elliott-Engel : Delaware Business Court Insider : August 19, 2015

After Elizabeth Elting and Philip R. Shawe were college roommates in business school, their brief engagement to be married swiftly came to an end. But they went on to found a global leader in supporting litigation, in translation services and in localizing websites.

Marketplace: Securities Firm KCG Brings Global HQ to Lower Manhattan

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : August 12, 2015

KCG Holdings Inc., a leading independent securities firm, will relocate its global headquarters to downtown Manhattan from Jersey City. Also, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is expanding its office at Three Park Ave.

King & Spalding Is California Bound, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 09, 2015

Eight lawyers are leaving DLA Piper's outpost in Sacramento for King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses two structured finance partners; more partnership changes at K&L Gates; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Weil's IP Practice Proved to Be a Talent Hothouse

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

Sonal Mehta is the latest to leave a legendary litigation practice that at its peak counted 120 lawyers nationwide.

The Donald v. The World

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : July 27, 2015

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a long track record as a litigant. A look at his forays in court shows a fondness for lawsuits at odds with GOP calls for tort reform.

Morgan Stanley Loses Bid to Dismiss Insider Trading Suit

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : July 27, 2015

Judge Colleen McMahon denied Morgan Stanley's motion for summary judgment on the grounds that "there is plenty of evidence­—most of it out of the mouths of Morgan Stanley's own personnel—from which a jury could conclude" that Morgan Stanley traded on insider information for the benefit of its own account.

Big Suits

David Bario, Susan Beck, Scott Flaherty, Marissa Kendall and Rebekah Mintzer : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

U.S. v. Rainey; Davies v. Broadcom; In the matter of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts; ACE Securities v. DB Structured Products; Cook v. Rockwell; Capitol Records v. Sirius XM; Gold v. Anthem

Clients are Asking About Iran, But Lawyers Remain Cautious

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : July 24, 2015

Am Law 100 firms are receiving inquiries from clients about whether they can do business in Iran. Though the nuclear accord announced this month signals that some companies may soon have access to a new market, most lawyers are reserved in their expectations.

Dickstein Shapiro's Top Insurance Lawyer, 9 Others in LA to Leave Firm

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : July 17, 2015

Kirk Pasich, one of few rainmakers left at Dickstein Shapiro and a nationally known insurance litigator, will pull his practice group from the D.C.-based law firm, according to five people familiar with his plans. Pasich and nine other Dickstein lawyers will join Liner LLP, two of the people said.

Kasowitz Firm Wins Trial Over Stent Patent

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : July 10, 2015

After 10 years of litigation, a federal jury found that Boston Scientific's Express stent infringed a patent held by Dr. G. David Jang, and that the company breached a 2002 agreement with Jang. The doctor is seeking more than $100 million.


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : July 08, 2015

London-based law firm Watson Farley & Williams has expanded its New York City office by signing a 15-year lease with Boston Properties Inc. for 30,400 square feet at 250 W. 55th St.

Kramer Levin, Gibson Dunn Prevail in Puerto Rico Bond Battle

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : July 07, 2015

In what is likely the leading edge of a rash of multibillion-dollar disputes involving the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the first round has gone to a group of bondholders.

MoFo, Macquarie Square Off in Puda Coal Malpractice Case

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : July 07, 2015

Macquarie Capital appears to have made peace with U.S. regulators over the messy demise of China's Puda Coal. But Macquarie's fight with its former lawyers at Morrison & Foerster is just heating up.

Smoker Awarded $560,000 After Getting Lung Cancer

: VerdictSearch : June 24, 2015

Madoff's Dual Role Blocks Bid to Recoup Losses, Panel Says

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : June 24, 2015

The fact that Bernard Madoff orchestrated his Ponzi scheme under two hats—that of "investment advisor" and "securities broker"—means an insurance policy meant to indemnify for losses suffered as a result of an investment advisor's fraud is worthless, an appellate court ruled Thursday.

New Summer Digs for Skadden Trio, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 22, 2015

Three former Skadden lawyers find new homes; Milbank adds a Magic Circle private equity pro in London; Locke Lord lands a 14-member team in Atlanta; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Litigator of the Week: David Woll of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : June 18, 2015

Banks that sold or sponsored mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis breathed a sigh of relief last week, when Woll persuaded New York's highest court that the deadline for most investors to sue has long since passed.

Cozen, McKenna Long at Opposite Ends of Growth Spectrum

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 11, 2015

With the NLJ 350 inspiring law firms to size up their competitors this week, we took a look at the Am Law 200 firms that saw their legal ranks fluctuate the most through the first six months of 2015.


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : June 10, 2015

The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the nonprofit group that manages the 300-acre, city-owned Brooklyn Navy Yard, with 40 buildings, has signed a 96-year ground lease with developer Steiner NYC LLC for the $140 million redevelopment of a six-acre, mixed-use complex called Admirals Row along Flushing Avenue.

Associate Hiring Stood Still at Firms Last Year

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : June 08, 2015

The number of junior lawyers fell by 27 on the entire NLJ 350, dropping 0.04 percent.