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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

  • Designation: New York
  • Head Count: 313
  • Gross Revenues: $322,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,030,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,750,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel is a New York-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has 313 attorneys and is the 142nd largest firm in the United States.  With $322,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 95th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  The firm has offices in CA and NY.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 95 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 95 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 142 -6 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 71 -24 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 98 -6 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 61 -18 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 40 2 Summer programs

In the News

Judge Slams O'Melveny in Sirius XM Copyright Brawl

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : December 15, 2014

Soon after swooping in to represent Sirius XM Radio in potentially industry-shaking copyright litigation, O'Melveny & Myers suffered a nasty setback when a judge ruled that newly-cited precedent trumpeted by the firm had been overruled 60 years ago. 

SEC Wins a Round in Battle over Agency Actions

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : December 12, 2014

A Manhattan federal judge has injected new doubts into a string of cases challenging an increasingly common tactic by the Securities and Exchange Commission: pursuing fraud and insider trading claims in agency enforcement proceedings, rather than in federal court.

Skadden Adds Top French Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 09, 2014

A leading French M&A lawyer heads to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Paris; King & Spalding brings back a former partner and sees its M&A cohead head to the NFL; Squire Patton Boggs makes it rain Down Under and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Sirius Hopes New Lawyers, Old Case Law Can Undo Copyright Rulings

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : December 02, 2014

Sirius XM Radio reacted to a string of courtroom losses by firing its law firms and bringing in new lawyers from O'Melveny & Myers. Can the firm reverse its client's fortunes by citing a ruling from radio's golden age?

Turf Battles

David Bario : Corporate Counsel : December 01, 2014

Defendants are pushing back against the SEC's new penchant for administrative actions.

DLA Piper Nabs Ex-FDIC Chair, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 30, 2014

The world's second-largest firm by attorney head count adds two more former federal regulators to its ranks; American Apparel hires a Loeb & Loeb partner; Greenberg Traurig bags Edwards Wildman Palmer's Los Angeles partner-in-charge; Steptoe & Johnson snags an IP trio and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

'Unscented' Deodorants Don't Pass Sniff-Test, Suit Claims

Jennifer Genova and Lisa Shuchman : New Jersey Law Journal : November 25, 2014

A potential class-action lawsuit has been filed in New Jersey federal court against Ewing, N.J.-based Church & Dwight and other household products manufacturers, alleging "unscented" deodorants are anything but.

Immigration Implications

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 24, 2014

President Barack Obama last week unveiled his much anticipated proposal to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Immigration lawyers say his plan — if it survives legal challenges — would likely ease the large backlog of cases in immigration courts.

Immigration Courts Backlog Grows as Obama Plans Action

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 24, 2014

More than 420,000 cases are pending in U.S. immigration courts, a steadily growing backlog that immigration lawyers say they hope will be eased by the executive actions President Barack Obama announced Thursday.

Immigration Courts Backlog Grows as Obama Prepares Executive Action

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 20, 2014

More than 420,000 cases are pending in U.S. immigration courts, a steadily growing backlog that immigration lawyers say they hope will be eased by President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-announced executive actions.

'Kids-for-Cash' RICO Case Moved to Middle District

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : November 18, 2014

A federal judge in Pittsburgh has moved a RICO suit stemming from the "kids-for-cash" judicial scandal to Scranton, where the events underlying the case took place.

Sirius XM Ousts Weil, Taps O'Melveny in Copyright Cases

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : November 18, 2014

After a string of adverse rulings in a battle over the rights to pre-1972 music, Sirius XM Radio Inc. has completely replaced its legal team with a squad of lawyers from O'Melveny & Myers, led by Daniel Petrocelli.

Sirius XM Suffers Another Loss in Turtles Copyright Crusade

Lisa Shuchman : The Litigation Daily : November 17, 2014

In a decision that upsets the status quo for the music and copyright worlds, a New York federal judge ruled that the owners of pre-1972 sound recordings have performance rights to their songs and can therefore sue for copyright infringement.

Internal Investigations

: New York Law Journal : November 10, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal, brought to you free by : "Special Considerations and Challenges in Data Security Investigations," "Separate Representation for Employees in Investigations: A Delicate Line," "Health Care Fraud: First, Do No Harm," "Protecting Consultants' Work Product in Investigations," and "Enforcement Trends Change the Dynamics of Investigations."

BAR-ometer: Khanna Comes Up Short

: The Recorder : November 07, 2014

Finjan Sues Palo Alto Networks for Patent Infringement

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 05, 2014

The NPE says it values licensing over litigation, but it keeps adding cases to its docket.

Eckert Seamans Can Stay on in Kids-for-Cash RICO Suit

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : November 04, 2014

A federal judge has denied a motion to disqualify Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott from a case between the two former co-owners of the juvenile detention facilities at the heart of the Luzerne County "kids-for-cash" judicial scandal.

Methodical Precision — Swiftly and Efficiently

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : October 27, 2014

Morrison's Levitt took on opponents in ResCap's monumental bankruptcy and orchestrated a tidy win.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : October 22, 2014

Kramer Levin, White & Case, Borah Goldstein and Bracewell & Giuliani have each added attorneys, while White & Case has promoted four attorneys to partner.

Wall Street Targets Urge NY Judges to Hobble the SEC

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : October 22, 2014

A trio of federal judges—and eventually the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit—will have to grapple with the SEC's power to target Wall Street defendants on the agency's own turf.


: The National Law Journal : October 20, 2014

New arrivals and lateral moves in this week's column.

Kramer Levin Becomes Target in TransPerfect Partners' Row

Julie Triedman : The Litigation Daily : October 17, 2014

A multijurisdictional slugfest between the cofounders of the world's third-largest translation company is heating up after Sullivan & Cromwell sought sanctions against one of the founders and her lawyers at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

Drone Practices Take Off at Hogan Lovells, MoFo

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : October 16, 2014

Hogan Lovells and Morrison & Foerster are the latest Am Law firms to launch new practice groups focused on drones in the race to claim an early stake in the business.

Blank Rome Whistleblower Group Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 10, 2014

One of the few whistleblower practices at an Am Law 100 firm is heading out on its own; fast-growing Parker Ibrahim & Berg raids Edwards Wildman Palmer to branch out in Boston; Ballard Spahr's mortgage banking head goes in-house; and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Investment Advisory Firm Pays $600,000 to Settle SEC Charges

Jamille Sutton : The American Lawyer : September 22, 2014

Investment advisory firm Strategic Capital Group LLC will pay close to $600,000 to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges accusing it of participating in trades involving conflicts of interest, the agency said Thursday.

New York Cases Show Hurdles of Arbitration Challenges

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : September 10, 2014

A financial manager's failed attempt last week to stay a regulatory agency's arbitration proceeding illustrates the challenges of convincing New York courts to play referee.

Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy

: New York Law Journal : September 08, 2014

In this Special Report from the New York Law Journal: "Protecting the Rights of IP Licensors, Licensees in Bankruptcy," "Puerto Rico's New Bankruptcy Law: A Quick Fix?," "Litigating Make-Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy" and "Applying the Proper Valuation for a Company's Industry."

Kramer Levin Lawyer Tests Boundaries on Drone Law

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : September 04, 2014

An advocate for commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems is an enthusiast too.

Judge Dismisses Kickback-Related Suit Against Swiss Bank

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : September 03, 2014

A New York state judge has dismissed a $350 million lawsuit filed by Saudi Arabian citizens against a private Swiss bank that used a New York correspondent bank to receive funds allegedly connected to an extensive bribery scheme.

Eckert Seamans Responds to Zappala's Disqualification Motion

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 02, 2014

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott said it should not be disqualified from representing a "kids-for-cash" scandal defendant in a civil suit when the firm sued that defendant in a civil rights suit on behalf of one of the kids because both parties signed conflict waivers.