Kaye Scholer LLP at a Glance


  • “Reasonable lifestyle”
  • “Partners that say ‘thank you’”
  • “Open-door culture”


  • “The technology”
  • “Inconsistent work flow”
  • “Lack of diversity”

The Buzz

  • “Awesome culture”
  • “Friendly”
  • “Undervalued”
  • “Used to be a good lifestyle firm”

About Kaye Scholer LLP

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 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 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."

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. 

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 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 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.

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 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 Kingdom.


May 2014

Onward and Upward
Catherine Schumacher was named a Rising Star in Securities Law by Law360.

April 2014

Pro Bono Pro
David Sausen won the 2014 New York State Bar Association's President's Pro Bono Service Award.

March 2014

Now that's a Sale
Kaye Scholer advised client Onex in the sale of The Warranty Group to TPG for approximately $1.5 Billion.

Leading the way in Cybersecurity

Former Cisco Systems executive Adam M. Golodner was named the leader of Kaye Scholer's new Global Cybersecurity & Privacy Group.

January 2014

Class Dismissed
Kaye Scholer represented a Pfizer subsidiary in defeating class certification in major pharmaceutical antitrust litigation.

Victory is Sweet

Kaye Scholer successfully represented Hershey before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board regarding the company's MILKSHAKE trademark.

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Kaye Scholer LLP

425 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022-3598
Phone: (212) 836-8000
Fax: (212) 836-7153


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Michael Solow
  • Hiring Partners: Salvatore Mastrosimone, Catherine Schumacher
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 416

  • Employment Contact
    Emily Kanarek
    Manager of Legal Recruitment and Integration
    Phone: (212) 836-8519
    Fax: (212) 836-8689

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year:  $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    20 out of 21 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring
    Cybersecurity & PrivacyEnergy
    Financial Services
    Foreign Acquisitions & Government Contracts
    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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