2022 Vault Rankings
About Morrison Cohen LLP
With more than 100 lawyers based out of a single office in midtown Manhattan, Morrison Cohen provides legal services around the globe across a dozen major practice areas. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List multiple times and is ranked among Vault’s Best Midsize Law Firms in New York.
Servicing Businesses in a Big Way
Morrison Cohen was founded in 1984. From the beginning, the firm’s focus has been on servicing its clients with an ambitious and results-oriented approach. Don’t let the firm’s size fool you—Morrison Cohen may be a midsize firm, but it packs a big punch when it comes to experience. In fact, more than half of its lawyers previously practiced in BigLaw before lateralling to the firm. And the firm works across myriad industries, from financial services and e-commerce to manufacturing and consumer products to software and medical devices, and more.
A Firm of Many Strengths
Given its roots in the Big Apple, it isn’t surprising that Morrison Cohen is highly regarded for its corporate work. When it comes to M&A, the firm has experience advising investment and merchant banks, lenders, private equity firms, and public and private strategic buyers and sellers, among other clients. Through its Private Investment Fund practice, the firm is experienced in setting up and winding down funds, advising on regulatory issues, handling compensation for fund principals and employees, and many other areas. Another strong point for the firm is its work in venture capital and private equity. Notably, the firm has experience representing both companies and investors in this area, giving it a more holistic understanding of the transactions. True to the firm’s collaborative approach, its Technology, Data Privacy & Intellectual Property attorneys participate in capital markets and M&A transactions as needed in order to protect the interests of lenders, equity sponsors, buyers, and sellers.
Morrison Cohen is also known for its labor and employment prowess. The firm counsels businesses of all types, focusing not only the complex scheme of federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing the workplace, but on a client’s business and operational objectives like preventative measures, training, and representation in formal proceedings and before administrative agencies. The firm is also one of the few that represents both companies, from start-ups to mature organizations, and individuals, including senior executive and C-suite members, in virtually all aspects of the employment relationship. The firm designs and implements incentive compensation plans; employment, separation and restrictive covenant agreements; and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and is frequently called upon to provide tax, ERISA, securities, and governance advice.
The firm also boasts a strong Business Litigation practice. Matters are staffed strategically with experienced litigators who work in a range of areas, including alternative dispute resolution, appellate, financial services, health care, IP, insurance, labor and employment, real estate, securities, and white collar—to name some. The firm also has a Strategic Case Review practice through which firm attorneys provide a non-biased review of such areas as case strategy, briefs, and motions, as well as the opportunity to moot a case.
Family Office Firm
The firm houses a Family Office group, which focuses on single- and multi-family office clients and their individual family members. This group showcases the collaborative nature of the firm, bringing together lawyers from multiple practices, including Individual Client Services, IP, Litigation, Labor and Employment, M&A, Real Estate, and Private Investment Fund. The group also comprises true thought leaders—its attorneys have appeared at industry events to speak on family office trends and topics ranging from venture capital and private equity to cryptocurrency and deep tech.
Morrison Cohen relies on its reputation as one of the top law firms for lateral associates who are looking for hands-on, frontline experience. Whether it is in the boardroom or courtroom, recruiters, alumni, law schools, and competitors know that Morrison Cohen stands for high performance, excellence, and efficiency. During COVID-19, we have successfully recruited partners, lateral associates, and staff utilizing video conferencing platforms, and we seamlessly onboarded all of our new hires.
909 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 735-8600
Managing Partners: Steven M. Cooperman and Y. David Scharf
Deputy Managing Partners: Peter K. Anglum, Kristin T. Roy, and Andrew W. Bank
Hiring Partners: Joseph T. Moldovan (Bankruptcy); Andrew Arsiotis, Matthew Friedman, Zachary Jacobs (Corporate); Alan M. Levin and Jeff Laska (Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits); G. William Haas and Darcy M. Katris (Individual Client Services); Jeffrey P. Englander and Keith A. Markel (Labor & Employment); Danielle C. Lesser and Latisha V. Thompson (Business Litigation); Andrew W. Bank and Stephen Soleymani (Real Estate); Isaac P. Grossman (Tax)
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
100 - 150
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Morrison Cohen’s compensation is competitive with BigLaw; many of our Senior Counsel and Associates have come from BigLaw. We have raised the scale of our compensation for all our Senior Counsel and Associates and awarded an additional bonus during the first half of 2021.
Director of Human Resources & Operations
No. of U.S. Offices: 1
No. of International Offices: 0
New York, NY
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business Solutions, Restructuring and Governance
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
Labor & Employment
Individual Client Services
Technology, Data Privacy, & Intellectual Property
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.