Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Tough, important cases”
  • “Great group of colleagues”
  • “Salary”

Downers

  • “Lack of transparency”
  • “The bonuses in satellite offices”
  • “Hours can be long”

The Buzz

  • “Independent, go-getter vibe”
  • “Good litigators”
  • “Aggressive”
  • “Too much reliance on founding partners”

About Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP has grown significantly since its founding in 1993, when it opened shop with only 18 attorneys. The firm is now the 127th largest firm in the country (by gross revenue) according to The American Lawyer.

Litigators and then Some

After just two decades, Kasowitz has developed a powerhouse litigation shop focusing on complex commercial litigation. The firm's litigators are committed to pursuing creative, aggressive and innovative approaches to its clients' most challenging legal matters. Kasowitz's practice encompasses all areas of litigation, including antitrust, banking, complex financial products, creditors' rights and bankruptcy, employment government affairs, insurance recovery, intellectual property, international arbitration, investigations and white collar defense, mass torts and product liability, real estate and securities. Kasowitz's litigation skills have been recognized by such publications as Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500, and Corporate Counsel. Powering the firm's litigation and trial experience is Founder and Managing Partner Marc E. Kasowitz, a trial attorney once described by CNBC as the "toughest lawyer on Wall Street" and by Bloomberg Financial News as an "uberlitigator."

The firm also recently established a strong Government Affairs and Strategic Counsel practice, led by the Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman, former U.S. Senator and Vice-Presidential nominee, and Clarine Nardi Riddle, Former State Attorney General of Connecticut.

While litigation is its main focus, the firm has a notable real estate transactional practice, handling matters relating to office, residential, lodging, gaming, shopping center and mixed-use projects throughout the United States. The New York Times has described Kasowitz's real estate group as having handled some of the biggest deals in New York City, including the acquisition, joint venturing, financing and development of the Times Square Gateway Center at 701 Seventh Avenue.

Among Kasowitz's big-name clients are AMC Networks, Blackstone Group, Comcast, Coach, TPG, Fairfax Financial Corporation, Syracuse University, Fortress Investment Group, Liggett Group and News America Corporation. The firm has counseled MBIA in connection with suits relating to the company's $5 billion restructuring; Ford Motor Co. in antitrust actions against numerous suppliers; MF Global Holdings in various actions arising out of MF Global Holding's bankruptcy, including an action against its auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, seeking more than $1 billion in damages; Hilton Worldwide regarding a trade secret suit brought by Starwood Hotels and a related grand jury investigation; the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in actions asserting tens of billions of dollars of damages relating to mortgage-backed securities; and Borders Group in its chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Spotlight on Service

The firm serves pro bono clients in partnership with, or case referrals from, a variety of legal service organizations including Her Justice (formerly known as inMotion), The Legal Aid Society, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Human Rights First, Immigration Equality, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the Veteran Advocacy Project (of the Urban Justice Center), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the SDNY Pro Se Office, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Association, the Northern District of California Pro Bono Project, the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office and the San Francisco  Volunteer Lawyers Services Program. 

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Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 506-1700

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • President and Managing Partner: Marc E. Kasowitz
  • Hiring Committee Chair: Aaron H. Marks
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 271

  • Base Salary

    New York, NY
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    Summer associate:  $3,462/week


  • Summer Associate Offers
    9 out of 9 (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Affirmative Litigation and Recovery • Antitrust Litigation • Banking and Capital Markets Litigation • Commercial Litigation • Complex Financial Products Litigation • Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy • Employment Practices and Litigation • Government Affairs and Strategic Counsel • Insurance Recovery • Intellectual Property Litigation • Investigations and White Collar Defense • Mass Tort, Toxic Tort and Product Liability Litigation • Real Estate and Hotel Litigation • Real Estate – Transactional • Securities Litigation • Software Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ) • Atlanta, GA • Houston, TX • Los Angeles, CA • Miami, FL • Newark, NJ • San Francisco, CA • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC