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2022 Best Midsize Law Firms in New York
#1

Pryor Cashman LLP

The beginnings of Pryor Cashman are consistent with its strongest practice today: The firm was founded as an entertainment law boutique firm. With locations in New York, LA, and Miami, the firm has brushed legal shoulders with some of the biggest icons in pop culture, including Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and others, though the firm has morphed into a full-service firm that serves mid-market clients in nearly every way.

32.39% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#1

Pryor Cashman LLP
#2

Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC

Formed by a group of ex-Quinn Emmanuel partners, Selendy Gay Elsberg was destined to become a powerhouse litigation shop before it even opened its doors. Just north of 40 attorneys, each with an impressive resume, Selendy Gay Elsberg lives up to expectations with its navigation of complex, bet-the-company matters. Among the firm’s practices are antitrust, appellate litigation, bankruptcy, complex commercial litigation, insurance, private equity, products liability, securities, and white collar.

27.20% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#2

Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC
#3

Kobre & Kim LLP

A global litigation firm founded in 2003 by two former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors, Kobre & Kim is now home to more than 120 attorneys worldwide. It is a go-to firm for complex cross-border dispute resolution. Uniquely, the firm generally avoids repeat client relationships—and the associated conflicts of interest—and thus is often engaged by other law firms to act as special litigation counsel to handle trial work in complex disputes.

21.52% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#3

Kobre & Kim LLP
#4

Desmarais LLP

Just over a decade since its founding, Desmarais is an IP-focused trial firm with offices in New York; San Francisco; and Washington, DC. The firm represents technology powerhouses such as Apple, Cisco, and IBM, as well as major life sciences and medical-device clients such as Acelity, Boston Scientific, Enzo Biochem, and GSK. A popular aspect of working here is the lack of billable hours—instead, the firm uses tailored alternative fee arrangements.

12.93% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#4

Desmarais LLP
#5

Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Herrick’s beginnings date back 90-plus years ago. The firm is home to more than 130 lawyers, practicing across the firm's three offices in New York, New Jersey, and Istanbul. Its lawyers work across a range of practice areas, and the firm is particularly well known for its work in real estate, litigation, and sports law. The firm doesn’t follow the same lockstep advancement system as many of its peers, instead evaluating associates based on performance.

11.01% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#6

Herrick, Feinstein LLP
#6

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.

Since 1973, Morvillo Abramowitz has established itself as a respected litigation boutique. With about 50 attorneys in its New York City office, Morvillo Abramowitz is small and flexible enough to be able to move the right talent to where specific expertise is needed in representing individual and institutional clients, yet large enough to commit whatever resources a client may need. Specialties within the firm’s litigation umbrella include white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, commercial disputes, and securities litigation.

10.37% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#5

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.
#7

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

Kaplan, Hecker & Fink is a litigation boutique based out of the Big Apple. With around 50 lawyers, the firm is known for its white collar strength, as well as its commitment to public interest litigation. One of the firm’s first matters involved the violence stemming from a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, in 2017. The firm has also assisted in setting up the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, among other things.

9.87% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#8

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
#8

MoloLamken LLP

In just over a decade of existence and with fewer than 40 attorneys, MoloLamken has quickly made a name for itself among the heavy hitters of boutique litigation shops. With offices in three of the country’s major metropolises—New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC—MoloLamken’s attorneys focus on complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense, and intellectual property. MoloLamken only hires laterally, putting a premium on experience when it comes to handling the high-stakes, complicated cases the firm takes on.

9.23% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#9

MoloLamken LLP
#9

Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Olshan Frome Wolosky is a midsize New York firm with an international wingspan. With clients ranging from public and private companies to investment funds to entrepreneurs, the firm touts itself as a specialist in the industries of art; fashion and retail; film, television, and video production; health care, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology; insurance; private equity; restaurant, hotel, and hospitality; and sports and entertainment.

9.02% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#9

Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
#10

Davis+Gilbert

Davis+Gilbert is a midsize New York firm serving individual clients and businesses of all sizes. Though the firm offers a full range of corporate and litigation services, its bread and butter is in advertising, marketing communications, and media law. At just over 130 lawyers, Davis+Gilbert boasts a larger client list than any other firm in its advertising, marketing communications, and media law practices. From counseling on promotions—think sweepstakes and viral marketing campaigns—to negotiating advertising deals to representing clients before the FTC and state Attorney General to handling talent agreements, Davis+Gilbert's experience runs the gamut. 

7.96% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#6

Davis+Gilbert
#11

Morrison Cohen LLP

Morrison Cohen is a midsize firm with a single office in New York City, and it offers strong corporate, litigation, and labor and employment practices. The firm hires lateral associates with impressive resumes, many coming from larger firms to join the small but mighty firm. The firm works across myriad industries, from financial services and e-commerce to manufacturing and consumer products to software and medical devices, and more.

6.53% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#11

Morrison Cohen LLP
#12

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Frankfurt Kurnit is no stranger to red carpet clients, with decades of experience representing those in the entertainment industry. The firm has counseled some of the world’s top publishers, producers, directors, celebrities, models, writers, and advertising agencies. Frankfurt Kurnit provides legal services to clients in a wide range of industries and disciplines worldwide, including entertainment, advertising, intellectual property, technology, litigation, corporate and finance, estate planning, charitable organizations, and professional responsibility.

6.25% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#12

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
#13

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

Axinn was founded in 1997 by three lawyers from Skadden, including Steve Axinn, the founder and chairman of Skadden's antitrust department. The firm is well known for its antitrust prowess, making it a go-to firm for clients seeking help with combinations, antitrust litigation, and criminal investigations relating to antitrust. The firm also offers counseling to help clients with compliance and strategic goal planning. Lawyers seeking robust training will not be disappointed at this midsize shop. 

6.18% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#14

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
#14

Moses & Singer LLP

New York-based Moses & Singer is a full-service firm with a range of practices, including corporate, M&A, sports and entertainment law, intellectual property, internet and technology, and health care. The firm has three offices—one in New Jersey and two in New York—from which it represents institutional clients in banking, finance, and industry as well as individual clients in need of personal counsel.

5.82% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#12

Moses & Singer LLP
#15

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg is a heavy-hitting litigation boutique with one office in New York. The firm specializes in complex commercial cases, dealing with financial, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, and bankruptcy-related disputes. The firm’s clients have included Bank of New York Mellon, Foursquare, the Herzog Collection, HSBC, Kickstarter, Meetup, U.S. Bank, Vimeo, and Visa. The firm also works hard to recruit diverse talent, and attorneys play prominent roles in diversity-focused organizations.

5.19% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#16

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP
#16

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

Since its founding in 1986, Friedman Kaplan has grown to be one of the preeminent boutiques in the Big Apple. Nearly 50 attorneys in New York and New Jersey practice in corporate, white collar, and--the firm's specialty--litigation, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. The firm's representations are varied. The firm's attorneys represented Wells Fargo and Wachovia in a multibillion dollar dispute with Citigroup and won a $1.3 billion dollar settlement on behalf of two hedge funds against the Republic of Argentina to recover on defaulted bonds. Chuck Blazer, the founder of organized American soccer, called on Friedman Kaplan for representation in investigations into bribery related to the 1998 and 2010 World Cup bids.

4.83% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#18

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP
#17

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

Carter Ledyard is a midsize firm that has had its hand in a number of high-profile matters in the Big Apple and beyond. The firm's Gateway to America program extends the firm's reach by offering legal counsel to corporations in countries such as Israel, Canada, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland that want to conduct business in the U.S. Junior associates thrive here, receiving ample one-on-one partner contact and the ability to dabble in different practice areas.

4.47% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#14

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
#18

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

Founded in 1983, Bernstein Litowitz handles class and private actions relating to complex commercial litigation for corporate, institutional, and private clients. Bernstein Litowitz has recovered more than $30 billion on behalf of its clients since its founding in 1983 and has obtained the 6 of the largest 12 securities recoveries in history. One of the firm’s biggest recent recoveries was in 2016 when it obtained a $1.06 billion settlement with pharma giant Merck & Co, Inc.

4.33% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#20

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
#19

Anderson Kill, P.C.

Founded in 1969, Anderson Kill, P.C. is well known for its work in insurance law. Hailing from the Big Apple, the firm has offices along the East Coast, on the West Coast, and across the pond. The firm chooses to represent policyholders only in insurance coverage disputes that have no ties to insurance companies and no conflicts of interest. Anderson Kill distinguishes itself by offering clients a computerized bank that contains insurance company materials, advertisements, and discovery.

3.62% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Anderson Kill, P.C.
#20

Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.

Within New York City lies Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, a 50-year-old firm dedicated to being the best asset in the business industry. The firm counts entrepreneurs, investors, and other industry leaders as clients, all of whom turn to Kleinberg Kaplan’s team of 100 lawyers for assistance. The firm offers expertise in areas ranging from real estate and tax to trusts and estates, and it takes pride in offering clients an individualized approach to service.

3.55% of Votes

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.