Kaye Scholer LLP at a Glance


  • “Sophisticated cases/deals”
  • “Independence and trust”
  • “Great minds”


  • “No matching 401(k)”
  • “Long partnership track”
  • “Hours can be long”

The Buzz

  • “Friendly”
  • “Underrated”
  • “Zzzzzz”
  • “Smaller”

About Kaye Scholer LLP

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 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. 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 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 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 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 2015

California Helpin'

The California legal publication Daily Journal has selected Kaye Scholer's Silicon Valley Corporate Partner Diane Holt Frankle, Los Angeles Litigation Partner Rhonda Trotter and Los Angeles Litigation Partner Pamela Yates for its annual list of the "Top Women Lawyers in California." Each year, the Daily Journal reviews hundreds of nominations from law firms, public agencies, nonprofits and universities before choosing lawyers whose work is having a broad impact on the California legal community for its Top Women Lawyers list.

Partner Up

Kaye Scholer has added four new partners during the first half of 2015. Most recently, the firm hired litigator Eric N. Whitney, who focuses on the representation of retail and investment banks, non-bank financial institutions, investment funds and managers and securities issuers in a wide range of significant litigation, class-action and regulatory matters. The addition of Deborah Fishman and Jeff Miller in February has doubled the firm's IP litigation footprint in the Silicon Valley office. In January, the firm hired Elan Keller, a tax partner advising clients on a broad range of tax matters, including tax efficient structuring with respect to cross-border and domestic M&A transactions;  the U.S. aspects of inbound and outbound operations;  and multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions.

April 2015

A Leading Litigator

The California-based legal publication Daily Journal has named Silicon Valley-based Partner Mike Malecek, Co-Chair of Kaye Scholer's Intellectual Property Department, a top intellectual property litigator in California. This is the third consecutive year, and fourth overall, that Mike has been named to Daily Journal's "Top 75 IP Litigators/Top 25 Portfolio Managers" list. The annual list showcases the state's top intellectual property litigators and portfolio managers, compiled from hundreds of nominations submitted by lawyers. Finalists are determined by the impact of their work and achievements in the intellectual property arena. 

February 2015

Prepare for Take Off

An international team of Kaye Scholer attorneys recently represented the owners of 328 Group Limited on the successful sale of their aviation companies to Sierra Nevada Corporation. SNC is an American prime systems integrator and electronic systems provider and one of the world's fastest growing and most successful aerospace companies. The transaction includes the Type Certificate for Dornier 328 aircraft and other Dornier-related assets.

November 2014

Small Business 101

Kaye Scholer, in collaboration with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, other top firms, nonprofits, financial services consultants, city and state agencies and students from Brooklyn and Columbia Law, hosted the second annual Small Business Legal Academy, a free all-day expo providing legal counseling to small business owners and nonprofits throughout New York City. The event offers workshops and one-on-one personal consultations on a wide range of legal and financial topics of concern to small business owners and founders of non-profit organizations.

October 2014

New Digs

Kaye Scholer moved its New York office into a state-of-the-art apace at 250 West 55th Street. The office promotes connectedness and creativity through conference rooms equipped with the latest audio-visual and video-conferencing technologies, as well as through desktop collaboration tools across all of the firm's systems. Demonstrating the firm's commitment to sustainability, the new building is LEED Gold certified, offering cutting-edge environmental benefits. The full digitization of Kaye Scholer's library is a further example of the firm's use of technology to improve productivity and create efficiencies.

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Kaye Scholer LLP

250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019-9710
Phone: (212) 836-8000
Fax: (212) 836-7153


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Michael Solow
  • Hiring Partners: Salvatore Mastrosimone, Catherine Schumacher
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 400

  • Employment Contact
    Kiley Bostick
    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
    13 out of 14 (2014)

  • 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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