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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

Behind-the-Scenes of Latham's IP Litigation Surge

Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 05, 2016

A disciplined hiring spree that brought in partners Douglas Lumish, Richard Frenkel and Jeffrey Homrig helped turn around a listless practice.

Insurance Team Departs Kasowitz for McKool Smith

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : February 04, 2016

McKool Smith, a 175-lawyer firm, is bringing on a team of lawyers from Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman led by insurance recovery leader Robin Cohen.

Telecom Firms Move to Dismiss Case on 911 Fees

R. Robin McDonald : Daily Report : February 03, 2016

Two telecommunications firms sued by Georgia's former governor on behalf of Cobb and Gwinnett counties have moved to dismiss the case, according to court papers filed in federal court in Atlanta.

Three Practice Leaders Leave DLA Piper, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 03, 2016

DLA Piper loses three practice leaders but merges in Europe; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; Jones Day opens in Brisbane; Orrick unveils its Houston hires; Quinn Emanuel adds an Israel expert; and other moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

McKool Smith Snags Kasowitz Benson Insurance Team

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 02, 2016

Robin Cohen, head of the insurance recovery group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, is leading a team of lawyers leaving the firm for 175-lawyer McKool Smith.

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Smoker Attorneys Flirted With Reversal of $75 Million Award

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : January 14, 2016

The Fourth DCA had strong words for plaintiffs attorneys who "pushed the envelope" in a high-dollar tobacco case.

New York Court Nixes Facebook Suit Against DLA Piper, Milberg

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : December 29, 2015

A New York appellate court has dismissed a malicious prosecution suit filed by social networking giant Facebook Inc. against DLA Piper, Milberg and a Buffalo, New York-based firm over their representation of alleged fraudster Paul Ceglia.

Morning Wrap: Lieberman and Churchill | Goldstein's Billing Rate | Kirkland Honored for Pro Bono

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : December 03, 2015

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman recognized, and the billing rate for Supreme Court litigator Tom Goldstein's firm: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

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.

Marketplace

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.