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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

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.

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.

Brawls With League Yield More Big Legal Bills for NFL Players

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 02, 2015

The National Football League Players Association filed its annual financial report with the U.S. Department of Labor, which shows that the powerful professional sports union has paid big money to lawyers from five leading Am Law 100 firms.

Complex Litigation

: New York Law Journal : June 01, 2015

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, brought to you free by : "The Application of Foreign Law When Litigating a Forum Selection Clause," "Litigation Funding: Moving Toward Social and Ethical Responsibility," "Courts Divide on Use of Prior Unadjudicated Complaints" and "The Rules of the Game Have Changed in Patent Litigation."

Kasowitz's Revenues Get Big Bounce From FHFA

Scott Flaherty : The American Lawyer : May 28, 2015

Securities settlements help fuel Kasowitz's leap in revenue per lawyer.

The Am Law 200 Second Hundred: The Financial Report

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : May 28, 2015

The group showed improvement, but its results lagged behind The Am Law 100's.

NY Attorney Sentenced in Phony Stock Scheme

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : May 27, 2015

A New York attorney received 18 months in prison Tuesday from a federal judge in New Jersey for what authorities said was the effort he led to manipulate the prices of two stocks by creating phony trades and other fraudulent methods.


Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : May 27, 2015

The Kushner Companies has entered into an agreement to purchase the retail condominium space at 229 W. 43rd St., the former headquarters of the New York Times, for $296 million.

The Tobacco Litigation That Wouldn't Die

Carlyn Kolker : The American Lawyer : May 25, 2015

The original "Engle" tobacco class action is long gone, but its progeny live on. Now the verdicts and settlements are mounting.

Reed Smith Adds Seven as Sports Pro Departs, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 24, 2015

A seven-partner team will open a new Frankfurt office for Reed Smith, which saw a top sports lawyer head for greener fields; Foley Hoag brings on Massachusetts' former attorney general; Cravath hires from Crowell & Moring; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Firms to Appeal Ruling Over Facebook Suit

David Bario : New York Law Journal : May 22, 2015

Three major law firms are appealing a court decision letting Facebook's suit against them proceed.

Law Firms' Fight With Facebook Heads to Appeals Court

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : May 19, 2015

After losing an early bid to escape the wrath of Facebook Inc., DLA Piper, Milberg and others are hoping they'll have better luck before a New York appeals court.

Survey: Firm Leaders Say Overcapacity Is Hurting Profitability

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : May 12, 2015

Altman Weil's seventh annual survey of law firms reveals that most have not bounced fully back since the Great Recession. Among the biggest challenges facing big firms today are overcapacity, new sources of competition and aging partners who don't have solid succession plans.

2015 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : May 11, 2015

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 50 young lawyers chosen as 2015 Rising Stars by a panel of 24 esteemed judges.

Legal Services Gains 2,300 Jobs in April, But Industry Layoffs Continue

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

The number of individuals employed in the legal services industry increased in April, despite a recent spate of staff reductions at Am Law 200 firms. Proskauer Rose became the latest to join those making cutbacks.

Fraud Action Reinstated Against Goldman Sachs

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : May 08, 2015

The Court of Appeals Thursday reinstated a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs & Co. for allegedly inducing an insurer to cover a mortgage-backed security that was designed to fail. The court also issued a ruling on whether judges can compel prosecutors to call witnesses or take other actions within their discretion under threat of contempt.

Kasowitz Revives ACA Lawsuit Over Goldman ABACUS CDO

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : May 07, 2015

Being called a "sophisticated investor" may be less of a handicap for plaintiffs in New York after a ruling by the state's highest court Thursday in .