Kaye Scholer LLP at a Glance


  • “Best work-life balance”
  • “Commitment to pro bono”
  • “Environment where lawyers are friends”


  • “Not much career counseling”
  • “Could improve promotion of women and minorities”
  • “Lacking true international presence”

The Buzz

  • “Life science powerhouse”
  • “Great summer program”
  • “Unorganized”
  • “Snobs”

About Kaye Scholer LLP

Editor's note:  In January 2017 Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer merged to form Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. The information herein pertains to the pre-merger Kaye Scholer.

Since its founding in New York in 1917, Kaye Scholer has grown strong practices in life sciences, financial services, technology and real estate to become one of the top international transactional and litigation firms. Add to that some hotshot 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 entities.

On the Backs of a Playwright and a Professor

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 antitrust 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."

A-O-Kaye Practice Groups

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 jurisdictions. The firm also handles a wide range of transactional matters in the Life Sciences industry. 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 marquee technology and consumer and retail companies.

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 and structured finance work and 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.

Notable Network

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 Emerita 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 Kingdom.


May 2016
Nintendo Power

Kaye Scholer achieved a major victory for Nintendo of America Inc. and its parent company, Nintendo Co., Ltd. in their five-year patent battle with Tomita Technologies International Inc. and Tomita Technologies USA, Inc. In April 2016, the Southern District of New York ruled that the Nintendo 3DS handheld gaming device does not infringe Tomita Technologies' '664 patent involving 3D display technology, vindicating Nintendo's position from the very outset of the case that was filed in 2011.

April 2016
Expertly Dismissed

As a result of successfully excluding a series of key expert witnesses over the past two years, longtime client Pfizer secured a summary judgment order in US district court, effectively ending the pharmaceutical company's Zoloft birth defects multidistrict litigation. Pennsylvania federal judge Cynthia Rufe granted Pfizer's motion for summary judgment on 311 cases, noting that the plaintiffs' quantity of evidence was not "coterminous with the quality of evidence" and that "[c]ausation must be based upon more than a possibility." The decision to grant summary judgment followed two extensive Daubert science hearings, in which Kaye Scholer successfully cross-examined the plaintiffs' general causation expert, sole human causation expert, and three additional experts.

Alpha to Omega

The firm represented the Omega Healthcare Investors REIT on a series of four separate and distinct acquisition and lease transaction concerning care home facilities in the UK with Healthcare Homes Group Ltd (Healthcare Homes), a provider of care home and domiciliary care services to the elderly in the UK. The deals, which enabled Omega to enter the UK market and then expand their footprint there, were a fantastic example of Kaye Scholer's ability to bring together an excellent transatlantic team for the benefit of a valued client.

February 2016
Fighting Cancer

Kaye Scholer represented Novartis subsidiary Sandoz, a world leader in generic pharmaceuticals, in a collaboration agreement with biotechnology company MedinCell. Under terms of the agreement, the alliance will develop and commercialize long-acting injectable drug products based on BEPO™ technology, with a primary focus on oncology. The technology to deliver long-acting injectable drugs is rapidly advancing the world of pharmacology.

January 2016
Judicial Independence

Kaye Scholer, together with New York University School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice and Kansas law firm Irigonegaray & Associates, represented Kansas district court chief judge Larry T. Solomon in his successful challenge to a 2014 Kansas statute, HB 2338, which stripped the Kansas Supreme Court-the state's highest court-of its administrative authority over the state's unified court system, including its selection of district court chief judges. This case and another one, in which the same legal team is representing four Kansas district court judges, including Judge Solomon, in another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the non-severability provision to ensure that the judiciary is funded for the next two years, set off a constitutional power struggle and have captured the attention of national press of all political persuasions, including The Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, and other national media.

December 2015
Tha's a Lot of Loonies and Toonies

Kaye Scholer represented Wells Fargo Securities LLC as lead dealer and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as a dealer in National Bank of Canada's offering of $350 million senior unsecured floating rate notes and $1 billion senior unsecured fixed rate notes. The notes are due in 2018. Other dealers on the transaction included Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated; Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC; National Bank of Canada Financial Inc. and UBS Securities LLC.

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Kaye Scholer LLP

250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 836-8000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Michael Solow
  • Hiring Partners: Salvatore Mastrosimone, Catherine Schumacher
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 400

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    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
    8th year: $315,000
    Summer associate: $3,465/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    15 out of 15 (2Ls)  (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Cybersecurity & Privacy
    Energy & Infrastructure
    Financial Services
    Intellectual Property
    National Security, Government Contracts & Regulatory Compliance
    Life Sciences
    Real Estate
    Tax/Private Clients

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Frankfurt
  • London
  • Shanghai
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