Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP at a Glance

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 130th 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 reputable 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 matters, environmental issues, family law, general corporate and commercial, 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."

While litigation is its main focus, Kasowitz has branched beyond its roots: the firm also advises clients on corporate matters and a full array of real estate transactional matters relating to office, residential, lodging, gaming, shopping center and mixed-use projects throughout the United States. The New York Times has described the 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.

Kasowitz's Insurance Recovery Group is one of the largest in the nation focused exclusively on policyholder coverage. The group recently added nationally recognized Insurance Recovery litigators, Jerold Oshinsky, Linda D. Kornfeld and Michael John Miguel, launching the firm's Los Angeles office. The group's attorneys have recovered more than $5 billion to date for their clients through judgments and settlements.

The firm also established an office in Washington, DC, spearheaded by the addition of Clarine Nardi Riddle, former State Attorney General of Connecticut and Chief of Staff to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman. The new office launched the firm's Government Affairs practice. In addition, this past year former Senator Lieberman joined the firm in the New York office.

Among Kasowitz's big-name clients are Boston Properties, Rabobank International, Comcast, Port Authority of NY & NJ, Fairfax Financial Corporation, Syracuse University, Fortress Investment Group, Liggett Group LLC and News America Corporation. The firm has counseled MBIA Inc. in connection with suits relating to the company's $5 billion restructuring in 2009; Ford Motor Co. in antitrust actions against numerous suppliers; 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 Inc. in its chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Spotlight on Service

The firm serves pro bono clients in partnership with a variety of legal service organizations such as Her Justice (formerly known as inMotion), The Legal Aid Society, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Human Rights First, Immigration Equality, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the Veteran Advocacy Project (affiliated with 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 Defenders Office and the SF Volunteer Lawyers Services Program. 

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Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP

1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 506-1700
Fax: (212) 506-1800


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President and Managing Partner: Marc E. Kasowitz
  • Hiring Committee Chair: Aaron H. Marks
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 282

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    6 out of 6 (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Complex Financial Products Litigation
    Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
    Employment Practices & Litigation
    Entertainment Law
    Environmental Litigation
    Financing Litigation
    Government Affairs
    Insurance Recovery
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    International Arbitration
    Investigations and White Collar Defense
    Mass Torts, Toxic Tort & Products Liability Litigation
    Matrimonial & Family Law
    Real Estate
    Securities Litigation
    Software Litigation

Major Office Locations

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