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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

New York

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP - New York
  • 1177 Avenue of the Americas
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10036
  • Chairmen: Gary P Naftalis, Thomas E Constance
  • Chairman Emeritus: Ezra G Levin
  • Managing Partner: Paul S Pearlman
  • Number of Partners: 112
  • Number of Other Lawyers: 263
  • International Offices The firm also has an office in Paris, France

Firm Overview:
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is a premier, full-service law firm with offices in New York, Silicon Valley and Paris. The firm’s lawyers are leading practitioners in their respective fields who understand clients’ businesses, demonstrate a strong focus on client service and offer innovative and practical solutions. Kramer Levin represents Global 1000 and emerging growth companies, institutions and individuals across a broad range of industries.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Kramer Levin’s Corporate Department handles virtually every type of complex corporate and securities transaction from public offerings and private placements to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, while also providing the full range of general corporate law services. The firm regularly represents companies in cutting-edge as well as conventional transactions.

Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy:
Kramer Levin have been actively involved in most of the major bankruptcy cases in the United States over the last 20 years. The firm’s diverse practice area includes representation of creditors’ committees, equity committees, debtors, banks, bondholders, trade creditors, landlords, investors, debtor-inpossession lenders and acquirers as well as investors in the purchase and sale of securities and assets of troubled companies. Among other areas, the firm has particular expertise giving advice in connection with complex bankruptcy litigation and investigations, distressed investments, mergers and acquisitions, and mass tort and class action bankruptcies. The firm also has an active subgroup of attorneys focused on distressed and special situations lending, and another devoted to claims trading in distressed enterprises.

Employment Law and Business Immigration:
Kramer Levin’s Employment Law Department provides clients with a highly pragmatic approach to the increasingly complex issues facing today’s employers. The firm handles the full range of employment matters, including: discrimination and harassment litigation, compensation disputes and claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, contract negotiations and litigations, whistle-blowing and retaliation claims, restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information. The firm’s Business Immigration Group advises leading US and international companies, to whom they provide counsel involving the hiring and transfer of foreign national executives, managers, professionals, and performing artists for both temporary and permanent visa statuses.

Intellectual Property:
Kramer Levin represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property law: patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transactions, unfair competition and false advertising, and Internet and e-commerce. The firm provides litigation, prosecution and registration, counseling, and transactional services to our clients to help acquire, value, maintain, protect and exploit all forms of their intellectual property assets.

Kramer Levin’s record of success in trying difficult commercial cases—including white collar defense and SEC regulatory matters—places the firm among the pre-eminent litigation groups in the nation. The firm’s ability to efficiently prepare cases with a view to trial frequently results in favorable settlements in cases that do not themselves end up in trial. The firm works in virtually every area of commercial litigation, and often uses alternative dispute resolution techniques to achieve superior results for our clients. The group includes former senior federal prosecutors, public defenders, counsel for Congressional committees, fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, teachers at major law schools and numerous former federal and state law clerks.

Real Estate and Land Use:
Kramer Levin’s Real Estate Department delivers creative, cost-effective and practical legal and business solutions to the clients covering a full range of real estate issues for commercial, residential and mixed-use properties. The firm focuses on development, leasing, condominiums, co-ops, sales and acquisitions, lending, workouts, restructurings, bankruptcy, and real estate litigation. The firm’s Land Use Department handles all aspects of site development in New York City, including zoning changes, special permits, variances, landmarks proceedings, air rights transfers, tax abatements and economic development initiatives. The firm’s lawyers have been involved in most of the major development projects in New York City over the past thirty years.

Kramer Levin’s Tax Group provides clients with practical advice that is fully in keeping with the underlying business issues they face. The firm is particularly known for groundbreaking work in middle-market M&A, where they regularly represent both sellers and acquirers in the creation of tax-efficient transaction structures; the tax aspects of many of the largest and complex recent bankruptcy restructurings; capital assets planning, where we quite literally wrote the book - a definitive treatise on capital gains; and state and local taxation.

Areas of Practice

  • Accounting Liability
  • Advertising Litigation
  • Antitrust
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Immigration
  • Capital Markets/Finance
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance/Board Committee Representations
  • Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental
  • Financial Services
  • Individual Clients
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions/Joint Ventures
  • Private Equity and Hedge Funds
  • Real Estate
  • Securities and Shareholder Litigation
  • Securitization
  • Tax
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • White Collar Defense and Investigations


  • 1177 Avenue of the Americas,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10036
  • Tel +1 212 715 9100
  • Fax +1 212 715 8000
  • Website :
  • 990 Marsh Road,
  • Menlo Park,
  • California
  • USA
  • Tel +1 650 752 1700
  • Fax + 1 650 752 1800