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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

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.

Panel Upholds Finding of 'Egregious' Marital Fault

Ben Bedell : New York Law Journal : February 23, 2015

A matrimonial judge's decision to jail a divorcing husband for contempt, and her finding that his "egregious economic fault" warranted giving two-thirds of an $8 million marital estate to his wife, have been upheld by the First Department.

Judge Denies Injunction to Marine Alleging 'Coverup'

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : February 19, 2015

A U.S. Marine seeking to block a disciplinary proceeding he claims was brought because he alleged information was concealed in the 2012 murders of three fellow Marines in Afghanistan has lost his bid for a preliminary injunction.

Kasowitz Wins $2.7 Million Judgment From Ex-Client

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : February 17, 2015

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman has obtained a $2.7 million judgment against hedge fund manager Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher, after the law firm sued him for unpaid legal fees.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : February 17, 2015

Matthew Biben, former general counsel of consumer and community banking at JPMorgan Chase, has joined Debevoise & Plimpton; class action boutique Sanford Heisler is now named Sanford Heisler Kimpel to include partner Kate Kimpel; and more announcements.

In-House Counsel Profile: Godiva Chocolatier Inc.'s Jon Drucker

June D. Bell : The National Law Journal : February 09, 2015

Drucker serves on the 14-member global leadership team, examines potential franchise opportunities and reviews marketing agreements, endorsements and public relations contracts. Oh, and he helps out at Godiva stores on Valentine's Day — the busiest day of the year.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.