Chairmen: Gary P Naftalis, Thomas E Constance
Chairman Emeritus: Ezra G Levin
Managing Partner: Paul S Pearlman
Number of Lawyers: 375
Kramer Levin’s record of success in trying difficult commercial cases – including white collar defense and SEC matters – places it among the pre-eminent litigation groups in the nation. In recent years, they have tried to judgment a wide range of contract, fraud and other complex commercial disputes in industries as diverse as entertainment, energy, financial services and consumer products. The firm’s trial readiness often facilitates favorable settlements for clients. They also engage in alternative dispute resolution and international arbitration to achieve superior results.
With 30 attorneys who focus exclusively on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, Kramer Levin has been involved in many of the largest and most complex U.S. bankruptcies of the past 30 years, representing creditors’ committees, bondholders and companies. The firm also advises clients in the areas of complex bankruptcy litigation and investigations, distressed investments, mergers and acquisitions, and mass tort and class action bankruptcies. Other areas of focus include distressed and special situations lending as well as claims trading.
Corporate Transactions & Finance:
Kramer Levin have extensive experience in virtually every type of complex corporate and securities transaction, including public offerings and private placements, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures. The firm also provides the full range of general corporate law services, from contract preparation to strategic counseling, to a broad range of clients. Banking and Finance practice handles a wide range of secured and unsecured debt transactions as well as workouts.
More than 45 lawyers firmwide, including the entire Silicon Valley office, are devoted to IP matters. Patent litigation is the heart of the practice, but Kramer Levin regularly represent clients - both defendants and plaintiffs - in all types of IP litigation before the federal district and appellate courts. They also advise clients in the areas of prosecution, licensing, due diligence and technology transactions.
Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental:
Kramer Levin has one of the largest and most sophisticated real estate practices in New York City. The firm has been involved in many of the city’s major development projects over the past 40 years - literally helping shape the New York skyline. Whether they are leasing a new headquarters site; developing, repositioning, buying or selling a property; devising a tax strategy; or financing real estate, clients rely on Kramer Levin’s real estate, land use and environmental lawyers to provide results-oriented counsel.
Tax, Employee Benefits & Individual Clients:
Kramer Levin’s Tax Department is not only a service arm of its corporate practices but also a destination practice in its own right. The firm is well-known for groundbreaking tax work in middle-market M&A, bankruptcy restructurings, capital asset planning, and New York state and local tax controversies. Their Employee Benefits lawyers advise on the administration of benefit plans in connection with outsourcing arrangements, acquisitions, restructurings and litigation. Their Individual Clients Group develops estate and business plans relating to trusts and estates, income and transfer tax planning, charitable gift planning, corporations and partnerships, real estate, securities, employee benefit plans, intellectual property and charitable organizations.
Employment & Business Immigration:
Kramer Levin helps employers develop employee relations policies and practices that minimize the risk of litigation while accommodating the organization’s needs. When a dispute arises, the firm seeks the most expedient, cost-effective resolution, whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation. Their extensive trial experience enables them to advise clients throughout the dispute resolution process about alternative strategies to achieve success, control costs and position the matter for early resolution whenever possible. Their internationally recognized Business Immigration Group represents leading companies and other organizations operating in the United States in all phases of the hiring and transfer of foreign nationals to the United States. They also represent individuals who, because of their extraordinary ability in their fields or because of their substantial investments in the United States, do not require corporate sponsorship to immigrate.