Proskauer Rose LLP at a Glance


  • “Inclusive, friendly culture”
  • “Very cool clients”
  • “Beautiful offices”


  • “Hours can be brutal sometimes”
  • “Dearth of promotions from associate to partner”
  • “NY runs the show”

The Buzz

  • “Great labor practice”
  • “Great for sports law”
  • “Sports only”
  • “Skadden-lite”

About Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose is practically synonymous with "sports law"-clients include Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NHL and the NBA. Although flashy, this reputation shortchanges the firm's incredibly diversified work, which features top-notch corporate, litigation, tax, personal planning, entertainment, and labor and employment practices.

From Small Business to Big Business

Firm forefather William R. Rose opened up shop in downtown Manhattan in 1875 at the sprightly age of 21. Rose's first clients were local retailers, and his skill soon caught the attention of New York's burgeoning business class, who hired Rose's firm to represent them in corporate and personal estate matters. The firm's reputation (and headcount) continued to grow, and by 1907, name partner Benjamin Paskus joined the firm. The outfit founded a successful tax practice following the Sixteenth Amendment's passage in 1913, and Paskus, a tax specialist, was so in-demand that clients lurked outside his home in the hopes of getting extra advice.

The addition of former appellate judge-and crony of four-time New York Governor Alfred Smith-Joseph Proskauer in 1930 ushered in a new era for the firm, which was renamed Proskauer, Rose & Paskus. Proskauer's leadership helped define the firm in the modern era, and his passion for music forged connections with Carnegie Hall and some of America's most prominent musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, whose estate is still handled by the firm. Around the same time, an associate named Alfred Appel helped French design house Hermès establish a New York corporation. Hermès is represented by the firm to this day, and is considered its longest continuing client.

Labor, Layups and Lead Passes

One of Proskauer's cornerstone practices, labor law, was established in 1939 by partner Burton A. Zorn, who counted among his clients the insurance giant Metropolitan Life and the United Parcel Service. The firm's sports law practice began in 1963, thanks to partner George Gallantz, who represented a young organization called the National Basketball Association. Three years later an attorney named David Stern joined the firm-Stern went on to serve as the NBA's counsel, executive vice president and, finally, commissioner (he retired in February 2014). The firm also counts Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League, among its notable alumni. Beyond labor and sports, Proskauer boasts a nationally recognized Private Investment Funds Group as well as litigators who handle cutting-edge intellectual property matters and defend major white collar cases, including those arising out of the recent economic crisis.

Worldwide Expansion and a New York Move

By the turn of the century, Proskauer was well on its way to establishing itself as a global player, opening shop in Paris, London, São Paulo, Hong Kong and Beijing. The firm's Asia and UK offices focus on core practice areas that include private equity, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. International expansion has been a critical component of the firm's strategy to provide a comprehensive platform of services to its corporate clients. The firm stayed busy on the home front as well, expanding into Chicago in April 2008 while continuing to aggressively recruit new lawyers in its Boston office, which opened in 2004. In a move that some said heralded the beginning of a post-financial crisis commercial real estate recovery, Proskauer moved its New York headquarters to a new 1.1-million-square foot tower in Times Square in early 2011, leasing 14 floors of the LEED-certified building. In August 2011, the New York office was certified LEED Gold.

The firm's client roster glitters, too: clients include Ares, AR Capital, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Tiffany, Neuberger Berman, all of the major sports leagues, Goldman Sachs, Burberry, Sony Pictures, Neiman Marcus, T-Mobile, MetLife, The New York Times, the New York Stock Exchange, Colgate-Palmolive and Yale University.


Skilled Corporate Advisors
Proskauer served as lead counsel to Ascena Retail Group Inc. in an agreement to buy ANN Inc., the parent company of LOFT and Ann Taylor, for $2 billion (May 2015); New Enterprise Associates, Inc. in structuring NEA 15, one of the largest venture funds ever raised, with more than $3.1 billion in committed capital (April 2015); an investor group, including funds managed by Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, in its $6 billion acquisition of Neiman Marcus Group and its subsequent acquisition of (September 2014); Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. in its agreement to a $1.7 billion joint takeover bid by its largest stakeholder and Harbour Energy Ltd. (May 2015); and the National Football League's Buffalo Bills and the trust of the late Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. in the sale of the Buffalo Bills franchise to the Pegula family, owners of the Buffalo Sabres (September 2014).

A Labor & Employment Powerhouse
Proskauer's Labor & Employment Group handled several highly visible matters, including representing Creative Artists Agency in its breach of contract claims against United Talent Agency and a group of defecting agents (2015); representing the Metropolitan Opera in a negotiations with 15 unions representing approximately 1,600 employees to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement (October 2014); representing the MTA's negotiation team during contract negotiations with Long Island Railroad labor unions (July 2014); and advising on numerous wage and hour intern cases on behalf of Donna Karan, Conde Nast, Sony Music, Gawker, Fox Searchlight and The Walt Disney Company (2013-2015).

A Force in Litigation
Proskauer achieved a significant victory when the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Biosig Instruments in a technologically complex patent-law case (April 2015); prevailed before the Rhode Island Superior Court on behalf of the Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation in a case involving the proposed issuance of more than $600 million in tobacco bonds (February 2015); secured a victory for Lady Gaga in the dismissal of a copyright infringement case concerning her song "Judas" (July 2014); and prevailed on behalf of the ATP Tour in the Delaware Supreme Court on a significant issue of Delaware corporate law, in a case of first impression (May 2014).

High-Profile Deals Around the World
Notable highlights from the UK, Latin America and Asia teams include representing Silverfleet Capital on the successful close of its second fund, with total capital commitments of €850 million (June 2015); Pacific Rubiales Energy in its $1.7 billion joint takeover by Alfa SAB de CV and Harbour Energy Ltd (May 2015); Lion Capital on its sale of AS Adventure Group to European private equity house PAI Partners (February 2015); Tahal Group Assets BV in its $102 million sale of its China-based water infrastructure subsidiary, Kardan Water International Group Ltd, to China Gezhouba Group Investment Holding Co. Ltd. (January 2015); and Accor in its agreement to form a strategic, long-term alliance with Huazhu Hotels Group (December 2014).

Leading Firm for Sports
Proskauer continues to be counsel of choice for the major sports leagues and teams. The firm represented Major League Soccer in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the Major League Soccer Players Union (March 2015); Major League Baseball in the Ninth Circuit in an antitrust suit brought by the city of San Jose over the proposed relocation of the Oakland Athletics (January 2015); and the National Basketball Association in connection with the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (May 2014).

Expanding Across Practices and Geographies
Proskauer strengthened its presence in key international markets and practice areas with lateral hires in areas such as real estate, private investment funds, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, private equity, multi-tranche finance, regulatory, litigation, international arbitration, and international labor & employment. In addition, the firm expanded its office space in London and Washington, DC to accommodate continued growth in those markets.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

Eleven Times Square
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 969-3000
Vault ID: 412


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Joseph M. Leccesse
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 700

  • Employment Contact
    Caroline K. Menes
    Director of Legal Recruitment
    Phone: (212) 969-5060

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC
    1st year:  $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year:  $185,000
    4th year:  $210,000
    5th year:  $230,000
    6th year:  $250,000
    7th year:  $265,000
    Summer associate:  $3,077/week

    Boca Raton, FL
    1st year:  $135,000
    2nd year: $145,000
    3rd year: $155,000
    4th year: $160,000
    5th year: $165,000
    6th year: $175,000
    7th year: $180,000
    Summer associate:  $2,596/week

    Newark, NJ
    1st year:  $145,000
    2nd year: $150,000
    3rd year: $155,000-$160,000
    4th year: $159,000-$165,000
    5th year: $163,000-$170,000
    6th year: $166,000-$175,000
    7th year: $169,000-$180,000
    Summer associate:  $2,788/week

    New Orleans, LA
    1st year:  $110,000
    2nd year:  $120,000
    3rd year:  $125,000
    4th year:  $130,000
    5th year:  $135,000
    6th year:  $140,000
    7th year:  $145,000
    Summer associate:  $2,115/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    70 out of 73 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation & ERISA Litigation
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property
    Labor & Employment
    Personal Planning
    Real Estate

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Newark, NJ
  • Washington, DC
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Paris
  • São Paulo
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