Managing Partner: Marc E Kasowitz
Number of partners: 87
Number of other lawyers: 171
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is one of the largest litigation firms in the country. Kasowitz’s core focus is commercial litigation, complemented by its exceptionally strong bankruptcy/restructuring and real estate transactional practices. The firm is known for its creative, aggressive litigators and willingness to take on tough cases. Kasowitz has extensive trial experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in every area of litigation.
Main Areas of Practice:
Complex Commercial 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 favorable results for its clients by focusing from the beginning of each case on preparation for trial.
■ Copart in an action against a consulting firm for a botched enterprise software implementation, resulting in a multi-million dollar jury verdict for Copart
■ Fairfax Financial Holdings in a case involving insider trading by hedge funds and investment firms, which resulted in recovering $31 million, including winning an $11 million jury verdict
■ Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, the stars of ‘Bones,’ and its producer in an action against 21st Century Fox and other Fox entities for fraud and breach of contract, resulting in a $179 million arbitration award against Fox
■ MF Global Holdings in a $3 billion accounting malpractice suit against PricewaterhouseCoopers, which settled after a month of trial
■ ACA Financial Guaranty in its settled fraud action against Goldman Sachs
■ 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, which resulted in billions of dollars in settlements
■ Loreley Financing in fraud claims of over $2 billion against underwriters of residential mortgage-backed securities
Bankruptcy Litigation & Restructuring:
Kasowitz represents major parties in the largest bankruptcies and restructurings throughout the country. The firm is a leader in representing 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.
■ TPG as equity sponsor and part indirect owner of Caesars Entertainment
■ The equity committee appointed in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Hercules Offshore
■ 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
■ Cyrus Capital Management as the critical creditor constituency at parent company Toys “R” Us in Toys “R” Us’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy case
■ J. Crew in defending claims by term lenders challenging strategic transactions involving J. Crew’s intellectual property and asserting intentional fraudulent conveyance claims
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. The firm handles disputes concerning computer software and hardware, medical devices, telecommunications, semiconductors, financial services, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemical processes, manufacturing processes, and other areas.
■ Uber in securing dismissal of a patent infringement case alleging that Uber’s user application infringed Halio Technologies’ automated dispatch and payment system patent.
■ Google, Motorola, LG, Samsung, and ASUS in a patent infringement case alleging Android-based smartphones and wearables infringed a device security patent.
■ LG in a seven-patent infringement case involving USB chargers in the Eastern District of Texas.
White Collar Defense & Investigations:
Kasowitz’s white collar defense and investigations group is built on a foundation of deeply rooted government experience and decades of success defending corporations and individuals in highly sensitive regulatory and criminal matters. The firm’s attorneys include a former United States senator, a former United States Attorney, numerous former US and District Attorneys and two former state attorneys general.
Real Estate Transactions:
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.
■ The joint venture of The Related Companies and Oxford Properties in multiple leasing projects at Hudson Yards
■ WeWork Companies in leases in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the United States
■ Rockpoint Group in the $465 million acquisition of a Manhattan office building and in the acquisition of One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in Manhattan for a purchase price of approximately $533 million
The firm’s clients have included: AIG; Aman Resorts; Aurelius Capital Management; Beverly Hills School District; Boston Properties; Centerbridge Partners; Coach; Comcast; Condé Nast; Douglas Elliman; Elie Tahari; Energy Transfer Partners; Fairfax Financial Holdings; Fir Tree Partners; Google; Harbinger Capital Partners; Hilton Worldwide; InterContinental Hotels Group; J. Crew; Levi-Strauss; Liggett Group; MacAndrews & Forbes; MBIA; MetLife; MF Global Holdings; Morgans Hotel Group; National Grid; Related Companies; Renco; Rescap; Starwood Capital; State of Hawaii; Teva Pharmaceuticals; TPG; U.S. Bank; USG Asbestos Trust; Vector Group; Waterfall Asset Management; W.C. Bradley; and WeWork.