Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Compensation”
  • “People are open and friendly”
  • “Prestige”

Downers

  • “Lack of transparency”
  • “High billable hour”
  • “Trump”

About Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, has grown significantly since its founding in 1993, when it opened shop with just 18 attorneys. The firm is now the 137th largest firm in the country (by gross revenue) and 43rd most profitable law firm (by equity partner), according to The American Lawyer.

Litigators and then Some

In only a few decades, Kasowitz has become 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' challenging legal matters. Kasowitz's practice encompasses all areas of litigation, including antitrust, restructuring and bankruptcy litigation, employment litigation, government affairs, intellectual property, investigations and white collar defense, product liability litigation, real estate litigation and securities litigation. Kasowitz's litigation successes 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 described by CNBC as the "toughest lawyer on Wall Street" and by Bloomberg Financial News as an "uberlitigator."

Among Kasowitz's big-name clients are AMC Networks, Blackstone Group, Coach, Douglas Elliman, TPG, Fairfax Financial, Harbinger Capital, Levi-Strauss, Fortress Investment Group, J. Crew, and Liggett Group. In recent years, successful litigation matters included representing MBIA in  litigation relating to the company's $5 billion restructuring; Ford Motor Co. in antitrust actions against numerous suppliers; MF Global Holdings in a $3 billion malpractice action against PricewaterhouseCoopers; Hilton Worldwide in a trade secret suit brought by Starwood Hotels; 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 J. Crew in bankruptcy-related litigation.

While litigation is its main focus, the firm has a sizeable real estate transactional practice, handling matters relating to office, residential, lodging, gaming, shopping center and mixed-use projects throughout the United States.

Repping Mr. President

Although Donald Trump has been a client of the firm for more than 15 years, the representation has gotten more high profile since the 2016 election. The firm has represented Trump in the Trump University litigation, in successfully keeping Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce records sealed, and most recently representing the President in the investigation into Russian interference into the presidential election. Also, former name partner David Friedman-who was formerly a name partner in the firm and headed the bankruptcy department-joined the Trump administration as the U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Spotlight on Service

Kasowitz primarily handles pro bono matters referred by a variety of legal services organizations,  including:  Sanctuary for Families, The Legal Aid Society, Her Justice, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Human Rights First, Immigration Equality, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Veterans Advocacy Project (affiliated with the Urban Justice Center), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Southern District of New York Pro Se Office, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Association, Northern District of California Pro Bono Project, Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office, and San Francisco Volunteer Lawyers Services Program. In addition to direct representation, Kasowitz attorneys serve on the Legal Advisory Council and Advisory Board of legal services organizations, including Sanctuary for Families and Disability Rights Advocates, and a Kasowitz partner is Chairman of the Gay Men's Health Crisis.  Kasowitz attorneys also serve as Board members or separately advise numerous community, religious, charitable and other not-for-profit organizations.

IN THE NEWS

April 2017
MF Global Settlement

Kasowitz recently represented MF Global Holdings, as Plan Administrator, in a highly publicized $3 billion trial against PwC before the Honorable Victor Marrero in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  The lawsuit, which received widespread international media coverage, settled during the third week of trial. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

February 8, 2017
Selling Wall Street

Kasowitz represented Paramount Group's Real Estate Fund III, a private equity fund managed by Paramount Group, as the seller in the $1 billion sale of Deutsche Bank's headquarters located at 60 Wall Street in Manhattan.  This is the first billion-dollar real estate sale in New York City for 2017.  The 47-story, 1.6 million-square-foot tower is considered a trophy office property, a real estate designation for the top 2% of properties in a given subcategory.

December 2016
Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'

Client Eric Kaufman of Vandelay Ventures resolved litigation with his co-investors in the New York Wheel attraction, a proposed 630-foot-tall Ferris wheel to be built in New York City as a major tourist attraction, similar to the London Eye. Mr. Kaufman and his co-investors contributed millions for the project. As construction costs increased and its completion date delayed, the co-investors demanded additional funding and sought to decrease Mr. Kaufman's interest when he deferred payment based on the co-investors' mishandling of the project's development. After a year-long court battle, Kasowitz, on behalf of Mr. Kaufman, reached an amicable and favorable settlement.

Leading Latino Lawyer

Latino Leaders Magazine has named partner Hector Torres to its list of "Top Latino Lawyers" in recognition of his pioneering prosecution of antitrust and other complex commercial cases and leadership in the Hispanic community. The list honors 37 lawyers nationwide who work hard to support justice and the rule of law, and are leaders in their communities and organizations. 

Whistleblower Win

In an unprecedented win for Kasowitz client Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted summary judgment vacating a Navy Board of Inquiry recommendation to dismiss Major Brezler for sending confidential documents via his personal email to expose the sexual abuse of children by an Afghan police officer on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.  The court found, among other things, that the Board of Inquiry violated Navy regulations by concealing documents critical to Major Brezler's defense. Kasowitz is handling this matter pro bono for Major Brezler.

October 2016
Chairman Champ in Chancery

On September 29, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court granted Kasowitz client Mozido, LLC, a global provider of trusted digital commerce and payment solutions, dismissal of all claims brought by Philip Geier, the former Chairman and CEO of Interpublic Group of Companies, who sought to recover an option to buy 1% of Mozido's stock that he was allegedly promised in consideration for the fourteen months he spent on Mozido's Board of Directors. In dismissing the case, Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights found that Geier had long ago released any possible claims.

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Kasowitz Benson Torres 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 2017: 273

  • 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
    out of 8 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Antitrust Litigation • Commercial Litigation • Restructuring and Bankruptcy Litigation• Employment Litigation • Government Affairs and Strategic Counsel • Intellectual Property Litigation • Investigations and White Collar Defense • Product Liability Litigation • Real Estate and Hotel Litigation • Real Estate – Transactional • Securities 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