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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 $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

Morning Mashup: Morgan Stanley Takes One to the Jury; White's 'Earth to Mary Jo' Moment

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : November 22, 2015

For the first time in a decade, Morgan Stanley tried a case to verdict in front of a real, live jury. What happened? Also, results from Alix's litigation survey; SEC head Mary Jo White gets personal; and a letter to the editor.

MoFo Urges Judge to Toss Malpractice Case Over Puda Coal Offering

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2015

Macquarie Capital wants Morrison & Foerster to share the blame for the investment bank's ill-fated entanglement with defunct Chinese company Puda Coal. But first it'll have to convince a skeptical New York judge.

Internal Investigations

: New York Law Journal : November 09, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, brought to you free by : "Key Considerations for Obtaining Insurance Coverage for Internal Investigations," "Before the Knock on the Door," "DOJ Issues Policy on Holding Individuals Accountable for Corporate Malfeasance" and "Cultural and Business Practices Complicate Investigations in Developing Countries."

Big Payday for Quinn Emanuel and Kasowitz Benson

Christine Simmons : The American Lawyer : November 02, 2015

The law firms' total fees in the FHFA's lawsuits against big banks mount—and the litigation isn't over yet.

DLA Piper, Milberg Deny Part in Alleged Facebook Fraud

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : October 23, 2015

Can DLA Piper, Milberg and former New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco escape the wrath of Mark Zuckerberg?

Panel Affirms Broader Remedy for Investors in RMBS Litigation

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

A unanimous First Department panel, applying reasoning from several federal cases, has adopted a pro-investor interpretation of key contract provisions common to a slew of state-law residential mortgage-backed securities cases.

Marketplace: Complex Deal Includes $268M Sale of Midtown South Office

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : October 21, 2015

In a series of complex transactions, a joint venture of the Kaufman Organization and AIMS Real Estate closed on a 99-year ground lease with Extell Development Company at 155 W. 23rd St. for $45 million. Afterwards, Extell, through its affiliates, sold the 82,000-square-foot vacant office building and four other buildings, for which Kaufman also holds 99-year ground leases, to affiliates of Edison Properties.

Chancery Court Greenlights Contribution Claims

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : October 14, 2015

Medical-device manufacturer AngioScore made a claim for contribution from four companies started by a founder and former director, who has been defending himself against federal suits brought by his old company, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.

Greenspoon, Dickstein See Head Counts Rise and Slide

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 14, 2015

A look at the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts change the most during the first three quarters of 2015. Florida's Greenspoon Marder, a new entrant this year to the Second Hundred, and Dickstein Shapiro topped the list.

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.