At a Glance
“People are not only smart, but they are pleasant to work with on a daily basis.”
“The atmosphere and the work.”
“The compensation is somewhat of a black box.”
“I think the firm could do more formal training.”
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 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 Middle-Market Businesses in a Big Way
Morrison Cohen was founded in 1984. From the beginning, the firm’s focus has been on servicing middle-market businesses in addition to high-net-worth individuals. 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.
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.
Morrison Cohen boasts a strong Business Litigation practice. The firm staffs its litigation matters strategically and only with experienced litigators, who work in a range of areas, including alternative dispute resolution, appellate, financial services, health care, IP, insurance, labor and employment, 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.
Real Estate is another key area for Morrison Cohen. The firm’s experience includes acquisitions and sales; condominiums and cooperative financing; housing; hospitality; leasing; loan workouts, restructurings, and foreclosures.
The firm recently launched its Family Office Group, which focuses on single- and multi-family office clients, as well as 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.
In addition, the firm counsels clients in a variety of other practices, including executive compensation and employee benefits (the firm is notable for its representation of both companies and individuals), IP, labor and employment, restructuring, tax, and technology and data privacy. The firm works across myriad industries, from financial services and e-commerce to manufacturing and consumer products to software and medical devices, and more.
Focused on Its People
Morrison Cohen prides itself in providing a stand-out atmosphere for its associates. The firm has ranked among the Top 20 midsize firms for Associates Satisfaction in Vault’s rankings. Recently, the firm has placed an even greater emphasis on creating programs and initiatives to support attorney development and satisfaction, including an intensive business development program, a formal mentoring program, and a new work from home policy. In addition, the firm has recently launched a Women’s Affinity Group and is developing a new parental leave policy.
News & Awards
In a decision that could be the first of its kind, Morrison Cohen attorneys persuaded the Supreme Court of the State of New York to grant a Yellowstone injunction under a hotly contested issue: whether the firm’s client, a subtenant, could seek relief against a landlord threating to terminate the master tenant's lease. After hearing both sides, the court granted a Yellowstone injunction in favor of client. Moreover, the court continued its prior order permitting our client to suspend disputed rent payments to the landlord.
Morrison Cohen was named to three prestigious Vault lists for 2021:
- The firm was named to Vault’s 2021 “15 Best Midsize Law Firms in New York.” This ranking highlights the firms doing “BigLaw quality work in the largest legal market in the country, but with a smaller legal team.”
- The firm was also listed in Vault’s “25 Best Midsize Law Firms for Compensation” as part of its “Midsize Quality of Life Rankings” which are derived from Vault’s Annual Associate Survey.
- Morrison Cohen was once again named to the “Top 150 Under 150,” Vault’s list of leading midsize law firms created to recognize outstanding law firms with fewer attorneys, but no less expertise, than the global megafirms that often otherwise dominate rankings and headlines.
Five Morrison Cohen lawyers were recognized in the 27th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America© for 2021. Among the lawyers included are Andrew W. Bank (Real Estate Law and Litigation-Real Estate), Mary E. Flynn (Litigation-Real Estate), Terence McLaughlin (Litigation-Bankruptcy), Joseph Moldovan (Litigation-Bankruptcy), and Robert M. Sedgwick (Employee Benefits ERISA Law). All of the lawyers were included in the New York lists for their respective areas.
The firm, on behalf of Cycle for Life, Inc. and its principal, successfully settled a formal investigation and litigation by the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Cycle for Life manufactures custom designed cycles, some with special adaptive specifications, for children and adults with special needs, providing mobility and therapeutic benefit. The company was able to settle with the SEC on terms that preserved the company’s business, allowing it to continue manufacturing cycles for individuals with special needs.
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 Salomon R. Sassoon
Hiring Partners: Danielle C. Lesser (Business Litigation) and Randi Mason (Corporate)
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
100 - 150
Morrison Cohen does not have fixed class-based salaries but rather pays its associates and senior counsel merit-based salaries and bonuses.
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.