Overview

Introduction

With around 250 lawyers operating out of 10 offices across the U.S., Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is a litigation powerhouse with extensive trial experience. Kasowitz’s bread and butter is litigation, with more than 200 of the firm’s lawyers focused on the area. The firm serves myriad industries, including financial services, manufacturing, media & telecommunications, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, real estate and hospitality, and technology.

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2021)

150 - 250

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No. of Partners Named (2020)

4

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Featured Rankings

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No. of Summer Associates (2020)

9 total (8 2Ls; 1 1Ls)


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Base Salary

1st year: $205,000


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No. of U.S. Offices

10

Vault Verdict

Kasowitz is looking for personable types with a passion for litigation to fill its ranks. The firm has a relatively social culture, with attorneys frequently interacting throughout the day and attending regular social functions. Associates rave about firm partners and appreciate their work ethic and collaborative nature—Kasowitz is a firm where associates and partners work closely together. One gripe among associates is the lack of transparency, especially with bonuses and promotion, but there seems to be improvement in this area of late. Compensation is slightly above market, which is a major plus. Associates are pleased with their sophisticated matters and the chance for early responsibility. There is a fair amount of training to be found for first years in Kasowitz University a...

About the Firm

With around 250 lawyers operating out of 10 offices across the U.S., Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is a litigation powerhouse with extensive trial experience.

Firm with a Mission

Kasowitz launched in 1993 in New York, when Marc Kasowitz, Dan Benson, and Hector Torres decided to develop a litigation shop that would tackle high-stakes matters efficiently and with innovative strategies. The founders’ vision was to create a firm that offered a client-driven approach while also embodying a non-hierarchical, collaborative atmosphere among its lawyers. Today, the firm’s three name partners continue to actively lead the firm in its client matters, diversity initiatives, associate development, and more.  

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Associate Reviews


  • “There are, perhaps, quarterly large events for attorneys to socialize together. The atmosphere is fairly collegial, though, with teams socializing somewhat regularly.”
  • “[The firm’s] supportive culture encourages associates to socialize through happy hours and professional development activities.”
  • “We are a very social firm. Everyone says hello in the halls, and there is a feeling of camaraderie amongst the entire office.”
  • “Lawyers socialize often at firm events and in passing. Firm events occur more than once a month, and full participation is encouraged.”

Diversity at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

"Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP believes that a diverse and inclusive work environment is central to our mission to provide the quality of service our clients expect. The firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee strives to recruit and support a diverse team of attorneys, and to integrate our diversity initiatives into the professional development of all lawyers. The Committee also ensures the firm promotes a collaborative culture in which every person, regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability,..."

Getting Hired Here


Hiring Process & Interview Questions

  • “Demonstrated interest in litigation, confidence, and character are paramount. The firm targets top schools but competes for top candidates broadly.”
  • “The firm is looking to hire individuals who went to top law schools and did well; but more than that, we're looking for the right fit. It has to be someone who can do the work and wants to be a litigator. Going even further, we often think, ‘Is this someone I would want to be there with me at 2 a.m.?’ when we interview candidates. Certainly, experience geared towards litigation is a plus/necessity to get hired.”
  • “Standard questions about interest in litigation, knowledge of the firm, law school and past legal experience, personal interests, etc.”
  • “Why do you want to work at Kasowitz?”