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Seward & Kissel LLP

2021 Vault Rankings

At a Glance

Uppers

“Quality of work is very high-end”

“Great work-life balance”

Downers

“Steep learning curve”

“Lack of recognition”

About Seward & Kissel LLP

Founded in 1890, Seward & Kissel has grown into a major player in the financial world, serving such clients as investment funds and big banks. The firm maintains offices in New York City and Washington, DC. 

Seward's Stewardship

Much of Seward & Kissel's present success is owed to late name partner George Seward. In 1953, Seward, a distant relative of President Lincoln's Secretary of State of the same name, joined the firm, then called Meyer, Kidder, Matz & Kissel. Originally a specialist in business litigation, Seward helped build the organization's network in the hedge fund, banking and investment industries. Seward worked at the firm as senior counsel past his own centennial, before passing away at the age of 101 in 2012.

Hedge Fund Head Honchos

Seward & Kissel's deep ties to the financial industry are no accident. According to Hedge Funds Review, the firm was involved in the foundation of the world's very first hedge fund, AW Jones & Co., in 1949, which the firm maintains as a client today. About half of the firm's attorneys work with hedge funds in some way, whether in the investment management, regulatory, or corporate finance law practice group.

Today, Seward & Kissel remains focused on the corporate and litigation needs of clients in the arenas of financial services, corporate finance, and capital markets. The firm has a national reputation for its work on behalf of large commercial banks, investment banking firms, investment advisers and related investment funds (hedge funds in particular), broker-dealers, institutional investors, and shipping companies. 

Investment management isn’t the firms only strength, however. The firm has a strong Maritime and Transportation practice, which handles myriad transactional and litigation matters in the maritime area. Dozens of lawyers focus on this multi-faceted area, advising clients on everything from banking and finance to bankruptcy/restructuring to capital markets to M&A to tax—and more. The firm also work on unique areas like commercial shipping and aviation finance.

Seward Kissel’s litigators are experienced in maritime litigation, as well as a host of other areas including business litigation, employment litigation, IP litigation, securities litigation, and white collar—to name some.

Knowledge Sharing

When lawyers at Seward Kissel aren’t practicing law, they’re writing about it. The firm provides up-to-date insights on various topics, from cryptocurrency to investment management, and more. Among the firm’s blogs are SKrypto Blog, The Broker Dealings: a Broker-Dealer Law Blog, The ’40 Act Blog, The Business Transactions Group IM Deals Blog, and Marshall Islands Law Blog.

Seward & Kissel LLP

One Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (212) 574-1200

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Jim Cofer
Recruiting Chairs: Christopher Riccardi, Sharan Calay, and Jack Yoskowitz
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
150 - 250

Base Salary

1st year: $180,000
2nd year: $190,000
3rd year: $210,00
Summer associate: $3,461/week

Employment Contact

Ms. Royce Akiva, Esq.
Director of Recruiting and Marketing
(212) 574-1684
akiva@sewkis.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 2

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

New York, NY (HQ)
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
Business Transactions
Capital Markets & Corporate Securities
Commercial Lease & Loan Restructuring
Corporate Finance
Corporate Restructuring & Bankruptcy
Employee Benefits
Employment Law
Environmental Social & Governance
Executive Compensation
Family Office
Intellectual Property & Technology
Investment Management
Litigation
Maritime & Transportation
Private Equity
Real Estate
Registered Funds & Mutual Funds
Tax
Trusts & Estates
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.