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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

2020 Vault Rankings

At a Glance

Uppers

“Quality of people”

“Unique and challenging work representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cutting-edge disputes”

“Work/life balance”

Downers

“Lack of transparency”

“The NYC focus”

“Media reputation”

About Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, has grown significantly since its founding in 1993, when it opened shop with just 18 attorneys. The firm now has close to 300 attorneys in ten offices across the U.S.

Litigators and then Some

In only a few decades, Kasowitz has become a powerhouse litigation shop focusing on complex commercial litigation. The firm's litigators are committed to pursuing creative, aggressive, and innovative approaches to its clients' challenging legal matters. Kasowitz's practice encompasses all areas of litigation, including antitrust, restructuring and bankruptcy litigation, employment litigation, government affairs, intellectual property, investigations and white collar defense, product liability litigation, real estate litigation, and securities litigation. Kasowitz's litigation successes have been recognized by such publications as Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, and The Legal 500. Powering the firm's litigation and trial experience is Founder and Managing Partner Marc E. Kasowitz, a trial attorney described by CNBC as the "toughest lawyer on Wall Street" and by Bloomberg Financial News as an "uberlitigator."

Among Kasowitz's big-name clients are AIG, Coach, Douglas Elliman, Google, TPG, Fairfax Financial, Harbinger Capital, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Levi-Strauss, Fortress Investment Group, J. Crew, NatGrid, and WeWork. In recent years, successful litigation matters have included representing MBIA in  litigation relating to the company's $5 billion restructuring; a major automaker in antitrust actions against numerous suppliers; MF Global Holdings in a $3 billion malpractice action against PricewaterhouseCoopers; the State of Hawaii in an action alleging fraud and False Claims Act violations against a consulting company, stemming from an implementation of Oracle software for the State’s Department of Transportation; Federal Housing Finance Agency—the conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—in actions asserting tens of billions of dollars of damages relating to mortgage-backed securities; and J. Crew in bankruptcy-related litigation.

Donald Trump has also been a client of the firm for more than 15 years. The firm represented Trump in the Trump University litigation, worked to keep Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce records sealed, and counseled the President in connection with the Mueller investigation.

While litigation is its main focus, the firm has a sizeable real estate transactional practice that handles matters relating to office, residential, lodging, gaming, shopping center, and mixed-use projects throughout the United States.

Spotlight on Service

Kasowitz attorneys perform pro bono work through a wide range of legal services organizations, including  Sanctuary for Families, The Legal Aid Society, Her Justice, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Human Rights First, Immigration Equality, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Veterans Advocacy Project (affiliated with the Urban Justice Center), Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Southern District of New York Pro Se Office, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Association, Northern District of California Pro Bono Project, Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office, and San Francisco Volunteer Lawyers Services Program. In addition to direct representation of pro bono clients, Kasowitz attorneys serve on the Boards of Directors, Legal Advisory Councils, and Advisory Boards of multiple legal services organizations, including New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Sanctuary for Families, and Disability Rights Advocates. And a Kasowitz partner serves as Chairman of the Gay Men's Health Crisis. Kasowitz attorneys also serve as Board members or separately advise numerous community, religious, charitable and other nonprofit organizations.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 506-1700

Stats

Managing Partner: Marc E. Kasowitz
Hiring Committee Chairs: Albert Shemmy Mishaan and Cindy Caranella Kelly

Base Salary

New York, NY
1st year: $195,000
2nd year: $205,000
3rd year: $225,000
4th year: $260,000
5th year: $285,000
6th year: $310,000
7th year: $330,000
8th year: $345,000
9th year: $355,000
Summer associate: $3,750/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
12 out of 12 (2Ls) (2018)

Major Office Locations

New York, NY (HQ)
Atlanta, GA
Denver, CO
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
Newark, NJ
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC

Major Departments & Practices

Complex Commercial Litigation
Antitrust Litigation
Bankruptcy Litigation and Restructuring
Employment Litigation
Government Affairs and Strategic Counsel
Intellectual Property Litigation
Product Liability Litigation
Real Estate and Hotel Litigation
Real Estate – Transactional
Securities Litigation
White Collar Defense and Investigations