Since its founding in New York in 1917, Kaye
Scholer has grown strong practices in life sciences, financial
services, technology, real estate and energy to become one of the
top international transactional and litigation firms. Add to that
some hot shot defense attorneys who have saved more than a few
high-profile companies from wallet-busting litigation, and you have
a firm that has positioned itself to serve everyone from the
Fortune 500 crowd to middle-market corporations and government
On the Backs of a Playwright and a
Nearly 100 years ago, tax attorney and
playwright Benjamin Kaye and attorney Jacob Scholer established a
firm that continues to bear their names to this day. The firm's
early work centered on banks until the Great Depression and the
fall of the firm's largest client-Chatham Phoenix National Bank-in
1934 forced the firm to shift its focus. The firm moved forward on
the shoulders of name partners Harold Fierman and Jim Hays-who
served as the firm's first chairman-and welcomed the addition of
Fred Livingston, a labor expert, in 1947.
In 1951, the firm welcomed one of the most
interesting and versatile attorneys in its history: Milton Handler.
A Columbia Law School professor (a role he continued into the '70s)
and former clerk for SCOTUS' Harlan Fiske Stone, Handler entered
Kaye Scholer with a range of skills, including expertise in labor
law-he was one of the drafters of the National Labor Relations Act;
trademark law-Handler testified before Congress regarding the
Lanham Act; and antitrust, perhaps his most well-known focus.
Handler served as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's top anti-trust
advisor and was the first to teach an antitrust law school class in
the U.S; in fact, he was dubbed the "Dean of Antitrust."
Kaye Scholer has long been known for its
litigation expertise and has made a name for itself defending Big
Pharma from potentially devastating lawsuits, drawing on the firm's
top-ranked Product Liability, Patent Litigation, Antitrust and
White-Collar Litigation practices. The firm is particularly noted
for handling complex class action matters across multiple
Recognized by Managing IP, US News &
World Report, Chambers USA and othersas a key player in both
patent and trademark/copyright matters, the firm's IP department
has experienced remarkable success representing not only life
sciences companies but marquis technology and consumer and retail
Also noteworthy is the firm's bankruptcy
department, which has handled numerous high-profile matters,
including the bankruptcies of Enron, Adelphia, Delta Airlines,
Delphi, Reliant Energy, Aladdin Gaming and Formica.
Over the years, the firm's transactional work
has also grown and its Corporate, Finance and Real Estate
departments now generate nearly half of the firm's revenues. The
firm was recognized for its private equity work and structured
Finance when Chambers USA named it one of the top firms
nationwide for "Commercial Awareness" and understanding of the
financial services sector.
In addition to major life sciences clients
such as Novartis, Pfizer, Purdue Pharma and Complete Genomics,
other key clients include American Securities, Citigroup, Costco,
Disney, Google, Hershey, JP Morgan Chase, Nintendo, Random House,
Onex Corporation, Philip Morris, RBS, Royal Bank of Canada, Time
Warner Cable and UBS.
Kaye Scholer is often called upon to provide advice to the
government at both the state and federal level; its attorneys have
also served on House and Senate committees and Presidential
commissions. Distinguished alumni include Joe Connolly, former
Chief of Interpretations of the Securities & Exchange
Commission; Abraham Ribicoff, former U.S. Senator and Governor of
Connecticut; Paul J. Curran, former Chair of the New York State
Commission of Investigation and U.S. Attorney for the Southern
District of New York; the Honorable Denise Cote, who was the first
woman to ever serve as Chief of the SDNY Criminal Division, and
subsequently was named Judge for United States District Court for
the Southern District of New York; Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master
of the U.S. Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund;
and Barbara Singer Thomas, former member of the SEC and Chair
Emeritus of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, who in 2013 was named
by the BBC as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United
IN THE NEWS
Onward and Upward
Catherine Schumacher was named a Rising Star in Securities Law by
Pro Bono Pro
David Sausen won the 2014 New York State Bar Association's
President's Pro Bono Service Award.
Now that's a Sale
Kaye Scholer advised client Onex in the sale of The Warranty Group
to TPG for approximately $1.5 Billion.
Former Cisco Systems executive Adam M.
Golodner was named the leader of Kaye Scholer's new Global
Cybersecurity & Privacy Group.
Kaye Scholer represented a Pfizer subsidiary in defeating class
certification in major pharmaceutical antitrust litigation.
Kaye Scholer successfully represented Hershey
before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board regarding the company's