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Firm Profile

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Firm Profile

New York

  • Profile
  • 1633 Broadway
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10019

Firm profile submitted by Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP


Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is one of the largest litigation firms in the country. The firm’s highly talented lawyers are committed to pursuing creative, aggressive and winning approaches to their clients’ most challenging legal matters. The firm also has a very successful real estate practice that handles transactions of substantial complexity and size.

Managing Partner: Marc E Kasowitz
Number of partners: 91 Number of other lawyers: 180

Litigation:
Kasowitz’s practice encompasses all aspects of litigation, including antitrust, banking, complex financial products, employment, general commercial, intellectual property, international arbitration, investiga­tions and white collar defense, mass tort and product liability, real estate, and securities litigation. Kasowitz strives to achieve the most favorable results for its clients by focusing from the beginning of each case on preparation for trial.
Recent representations:
■ ACA Financial Guaranty in its recently settled fraud action against Goldman Sachs
■ AMC Networks in its defense against claims of improper accounting practices to the detriment of profit participants of the series The Walking Dead
■ MF Global Holdings in a $3 billion accounting malpractice suit against PricewaterhouseCoopers, which settled after a month of trial
■ Federal Housing Finance Agency, as conservator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in actions against numerous financial institutions concerning misrepresentations regarding pools of mortgage loans that underlie residential mortgage-backed securities, which resulted in billions of dollars in settlements
■ Ford Motor in antitrust actions against numerous global suppliers
■ Loreley Financing in fraud claims of over $2 billion against underwriters of residential mortgage-backed securities

Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy:
Kasowitz represents major parties to the largest bankruptcies and restructurings throughout the country. The firm is a leader in representing both investors in securities of distressed companies as well as debtor companies. The firm represents businesses in developing legal strategies for their financial rehabilita­tion, working closely with clients to achieve an attractive resolution. Notable representations:
■ TPG as equity sponsor and part indirect owner of Caesars Entertainment
■ The equity committee appointed in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Hercules Offshore
■ The official committee of unsecured creditors of Essar Steel Minnesota
■ Harbinger Capital Partners through its ownership and control of LightSquared
■ An ad hoc group of Energy Future Holdings legacy noteholders
■ Trump Entertainment Resorts

Insurance Recovery:
Kasowitz’s Insurance Recovery Group focuses exclusively on policyholder coverage. The firm’s attorneys pride themselves on understanding the business needs of their clients and working closely with them to address all of their legal insurance coverage needs, including high-stakes litigation, alternative dispute resolution, policy audits, risk assessments, state insurance regulatory matters and due diligence associated with business transactions.

Intellectual Property Litigation:
Kasowitz has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, copyright, right of publicity, and related antitrust and unfair competition litigation. Recent representations: Google in defense of numerous patent infringement challenges, as well as securing a rarely achieved motion to transfer venue from Texas to California Mallinckrodt in a series of Hatch-Waxman cases against a number of generic pharmaceutical companies Verizon Communications in achieving complete dismissal of patent infringement disputes brought against its software and products

Investigations & White Collar Defense:
Built on a foundation of deeply rooted government experience and decades of successfully defending corporations and individuals in highly sensitive regulatory and criminal matters, our attorneys include a former United States senator, a former United States Attorney, numerous former U.S. and District Attorneys, two former state attorneys general and a former state superior court judge.

Transactional Real Estate:
Kasowitz’s real estate team represents developers, private and institutional investors, opportunity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), lenders and servicers, and major corporations in various types of transactions. Recent representations:
■ The joint venture of The Related Companies and Oxford Properties in multiple leasing projects at Hudson Yards
■ JDS Development and Property Markets Group in their construction project along New York City’s “Billionaires’ Row”
■ The Witkoff Group and New Valley LLC in the purchase and development of Times Square Gateway Center

Clients:
The firm’s clients have included: Adobe Systems; Anderson News; Anheuser-Busch; Armstrong World Industries; Blackstone Group; Boston Properties; Caxton International; Coach; Cox Communications; Douglas Elliman; Fairfax Financial Holdings; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Ford Motor Co.; Fortress Investment Group; Google; Hilton Worldwide; Interstate Bakeries; Level 3 Communications; Liggett Group; Lloyds TSB Bank; MEGA Brands; Meritor; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; MF Global; National Australia Bank; National Grid; New York Jets; PepsiCo; Sony Electronics; Starwood Capital Group; and TPG.

Branches

  • 2029 Century Park East,
  • 14th Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90067
  • Tel (424) 202-3622
  • 101 California Street,
  • Suite 2300,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94111
  • Tel 415 421 6140
  • Fax 415 398 5030
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 333 Twin Dolphin Drive,
  • Suite 200,
  • Redwood Shores,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94065
  • Tel 650 453 5170
  • Fax 650 453 5171
  • The Four Seasons Tower,
  • 1441 Brickell Avenue,
  • Suite 1420,
  • Miami,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33131
  • Tel 305 377 1666
  • Fax 305 377 1664
  • Two Midtown Plaza, Suite 1500,
  • 1349 West Peachtree Street, N.W.,
  • Atlanta,
  • Georgia
  • USA
  • GA 30309
  • Tel 404 260 6080
  • Fax 404 260 6081
  • Email : [email protected]
  • 700 Louisiana Street,
  • Suite 2200,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002
  • Tel 713 220 8800
  • Fax 713 222 0843
  • 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
  • Suite 680 West,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • DC 20037