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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States

Leading trial lawyers Tier 2

Marc Kasowitz - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP Based in New York, Marc Kasowitz is highly regarded for his role in complex financial litigation. Recently, he acted for MBIA, one of the world's largest monoline insurers, as trial counsel in a put-back action against Credit Suisse, seeking to recover over $740m; the court's decision is pending. In another significant matter, Kasowitz successfully defended Howard Myers, Chairman of Eco-Bat Technologies, against allegations concerning breach of contract, fraud and racketeering brought by investment funds.

Securities litigation: plaintiff Tier 2

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in New York built a substantial presence in the securities litigation market with a string of victories against banks such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and RBS Securities in cases concerning complex financial assets including mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations and asset-backed securities. It remains a leading firm for securities fraud and opt-out cases on behalf of prominent hedge funds, mutual funds and pension funds. The 'responsive, knowledgeable and creative' Stephen Tountas, who leads the practice along with Sheron Korpus and Michael Hanin, is handling on-going cases against Valeant Pharmaceuticals concerning allegations that the company misled shareholders regarding its core business model. Up-and-coming partner Uri Itkin has a growing amount of first-chair experience in cases for asset managers and funds.

Practice head(s):

Sheron Korpus; Michael Hanin; Stephen Tountas

Other key lawyers:

Uri Itkin


‘Steve Tountas is responsive, knowledgeable and creative in the litigation approaches he employs. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

U.S. Bank

MBIA Insurance

Astra Asset Management

Gotham Asset Management

Royal Bank of Canada

Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”)

Comcast Corporation

Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi

Federal Housing Finance Agency

MF Global

Davidson Kempner Asset Management

Loreley Financing

Eros International

Waterfall Asset Management

Angelo Gordon & Co.

ACA Financial Guaranty

UniCredit Bank

Axon Capital

Serengeti Asset Management

General commercial disputes Tier 3

Based in New York, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP has particular strength in financial services litigation and real estate disputes. Among the team's recent highlights, founding partner Marc Kasowitz is representing MBIA in a long-running put-back action against Credit Suisse in which MBIA is seeking to recover over $740m. Highly regarded for his trial and appellate practice, Paul O’Connor is frequently engaged by real estate developers and investors in federal and state court disputes. Paul Burgo is recognized for his ongoing work for former president Donald Trump in multiple disputes, including a defamation suit in New York Court of Appeals. Jennifer Recine is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Marc Kasowitz

Other key lawyers:

Paul O’Connor; Paul Burgo; Jennifer Recine


‘World class litigators, with a practical, business oriented approach.’

Key clients

Angelo Gordon

Astra Asset Management

Davidson Kempner Asset Management

Douglas Elliman Realty

Eros International, Bollywood producer

Federal Housing Finance Agency


Harbinger Capital

InterContinental Hotels Group

JDS Development Group

Liggett Group

Loreley Financing

Mahindra and Mahindra

Maverick Real Estate

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 4

The team at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is differentiated by its focus on bankruptcy-related litigation; all practitioners are experienced litigators and stand out for their exceptional courtroom skills. Based in New York, the group is known for its representation of hedge funds, private equity firms, bondholders, secured lenders and other creditors, and frequently acts for investors in distressed companies in matters including fraudulent conveyance, avoidance, breach of fiduciary duty, and valuation litigation. David Rosner heads up the practice and is supported by seasoned lawyers Adam Shiff and Andrew Glenn. The firm's bankruptcy litigation capabilities extend across a full range of sectors, with recent work highlights covering the transport, pharmaceutical and energy industries, among others.

Practice head(s):

David Rosner

Other key lawyers:

Adam Shiff; Andrew Glenn

Key clients

ACA Financial Guaranty

Ad Hoc Committee of General Motors Term Loan Lenders

Ad Hoc Claimants of Energy Future Holdings

Ad Hoc Group of noteholders in China Fishery

Aman Group Resorts

Ambac Assurance Corporation

Anderson News

Contrarian Capital Management

Cyrus Capital Partners

Equity committee of common shareholders of Akorn

Equity Committee of Hercules Offshore

Fairfax Financial Holdings


Harbinger Capital Partners (Lightsquared bankruptcy)

Howard Meyers

Law Debenture Trust Company of New York (Tribune bankruptcy)

MDC Energy

Official committee of equity security holders of Garrett Motion

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Covia Holdings

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Essar Steel Minnesota

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of TriVascular Sales


Plan administrator for MF Global

Relativity Media


Salvatore Lamonica

TPG Capital

USAVflow Limited

Walter Ganzi, Jr. and Bruce Bozzi, Sr., owners of the Palm Restaurant chain

Waterfall Asset Management

Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

Based in New York, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP represents defendants in a full range of cases, including price-fixing, bid-rigging, tying, exclusive dealing and monopolization. Hector Torres and vastly experienced regulatory expert Kevin Arquit jointly head the practice alongside trial specialist Sheron Korpus, a 'smart, strategic, trustworthy, and easy-going but a fierce and effective advocate'. A trusted firm for bet-the-company antitrust cases, the group has experience in a huge variety of sectors, as evidenced by its recent work, which has covered shipping, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, chemicals, manufacturing, agricultural, tech, telecoms and publishing.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Arquit; Hector Torres; Sheron Korpus

Other key lawyers:

Cindy Caranella Kelly; Sarah Gibbs Leivick


Sheron Korpus is a terrific lawyer. He is smart, strategic, trustworthy, and easy-going but a fierce and effective advocate.

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Ford Motor Company


Various insurers of Blue Cross/Blue Shield entities

Pilgrim’s Pride


Kevin Mulleady

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 5

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP acts for plaintiffs and defendants, mainly in the technology, electronics and life sciences sectors, with a particularly good track record in on-demand telecoms services and interactive web technologies as well as in disputes arising from patents covering pharmaceutical products. Active in patent litigation venues across the country, the practice has accrued extensive experience in disputes brought before the district court of the Western District of Texas. Led by Jonathan Waldrop in the Silicon Valley office, the group includes a number of practitioners with advanced science degrees, for example in biochemistry, molecular biology and chemical engineering. The New York office is the firm's other patent litigation hub.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Waldrop

Other key lawyers:

Darcy Jones; Jay Deshmukh; Marcus Barber; Hershy Stern

Key clients


Samsung Electronics







Cox Communications



MV3 Partners

Real estate Tier 5

An active name in the dirt transactional field, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP serves as counsel on single-asset and portfolio deals, financings, workouts and restructurings and major leases at office and retail sites. The team is also acclaimed for its ‘impressive breadth of knowledge in development-related matters’, with extensive experience in office, residential, mixed-use and shopping center projects, including those initiated by joint venture agreements. Another area of strength for the team is the ‘strong real estate litigation’ capability, a particular forte of ‘exceptional’ practice head David Skezer. The team is primarily focused on the New York market, though it is also engaged in matters across the US, most recently in Miami, Pennsylvania and California.

Practice head(s):

David Szeker

Other key lawyers:

Darwin Huang


‘The entire Kasowitz team I have worked with is reflective of Darwin and David’s leadership. Everyone in the group is extremely knowledgeable and responsive, setting them apart from some other firms and attorneys who primarily represent lenders or primarily represent borrowers. Darwin and David have a balanced understanding having represented clients on both sides of the financing. This gives them a unique understanding of the issues that allows us to present well-reasoned arguments whether we are the borrower or lender in the transaction.’

‘Darwin Huang and David Szeker were our primary contacts. They are very thoughtful and terrific lawyers, they understand the transaction and know when to push hard for the material issues. Their experience, knowledge, demeanor and capabilities rival that of any partners at other firms we use and have been across, including many of the major big law firms. You will not find smarter and more diligent attorneys who work as hard as the two of them.’

‘The Kasowitz team led by Darwin Huang and David Szeker are really smart and skilled real estate practitioners who strike the perfect balance of knowledge of legal issues and being practical and commercial. The breadth of their knowledge of development-related matters is quite impressive and a true value-add. They really understand the issues from an operational standpoint of a wide range of real estate asset classes.’

‘Kasowitz has a strong real estate litigation group that works closely with the transactional team which I find to be a very unique advantage when we think about issues, especially this past year as the real estate properties faced many challenges with equity partners and lenders alike. I find that each attorney on the Kasowitz team has great experience in all types of transactions from financing to acquisitions/dispositions to joint ventures, which allows them to think through all of the issues in the overall transaction even if they are only handling the legal work for one particular portion of the deal.’

‘Compared to the firms that have represented us and also our counterparties, the team at Kasowitz have stood apart by bringing a more thoughtful and practical approach to problems that work for all parties involved in the transaction. They are our preferred firm when it comes to our largest and most complex acquisitions and financing transactions.’

‘Darwin Huang and David Szeker are exceptional attorneys with knowledge that belies their age. They are pragmatic in their approach while being fully aware of the legal issues and transaction as a whole.’

Key clients

Starwood Property Trust

JDS Development


Turnbridge Equities

The Klein Group

GFI Capital

Arbor Realty Trust

MRR Development

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP focuses on government, internal and independent investigations, and is also noted for its expertise in regulatory compliance and various other white-collar matters. Daniel Fetterman is a former federal prosecutor, who acts for international companies and senior executives in criminal investigations and civil conflicts. San Francisco-based Lyn Agre focuses on antitrust and FCPA matters, and has also represented clients in matters involving the SEC. Also recommended is former US Senator Joseph Lieberman, a contact for independent and internal investigations, public policy issues and regulatory matters. Marc Kasowitz serves as firm chairman. All named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Fetterman; Lyn Agre

Other key lawyers:

Marc Kasowitz; Joseph Lieberman


‘The Kasowitz team is extremely friendly and personable’.

‘I believe Kasowitz always has the best interests of the company in mind’.

‘The team is always on the same page and are well-prepped prior to any discussions’.

‘The individuals that work with my company know the ins and outs of the company, culture, and how we conduct business’.

‘They fully dive in to their work and provide a support like no other’.

‘They always bring their A game’.              

‘Extremely professional and skilled, with great academic and practical experience in the law’.

Key clients

ZTE Corporation – Chinese Multinational Telecommunications Equipment and Systems Company

Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas (formerly the Owner of Multiple US-Based Energy Companies)

Jeffrey Tucker (one of the Founders of the Fairfield Greenwich Group (“FGG”))

Joseph Krigsfeld

Emad Vaez

Mohammed Rezaian

David Osborne

Kasowitz Benson Torres’ core focus is commercial litigation, complemented by exceptionally strong bankruptcy/restructuring and real estate transactional practices. The firm is known for their creative, aggressive litigators and willingness to take on tough cases. Kasowitz lawyers outthink and outflank their opponents, and understand how to win for their clients. The firm has extensive trial experience and are always trial-ready, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in every area of litigation. Kasowitz is committed to pursuing aggressive and innovative approaches for their clients’ most challenging legal matters.

The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, private equity and other investment firms across a wide range of industries, including significant experience across financial services (banking, investment management and insurance), technology and real estate.

Kasowitz has successfully secured billions of dollars in awards and settlements for their clients, who have recently included:

  • Aman Resorts
  • Astra Asset Management
  • Centerbridge Partners
  • Comcast
  • Condé Nast
  • Davidson Kempner Capital Management
  • Douglas Elliman
  • Elie Tahari
  • Energy Transfer Partners
  • Fairfax Financial Holdings
  • Fir Tree Partners
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Genting Malaysia Berhad
  • Google
  • Harbinger Capital Partners
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • JDS Development Group
  • Laidlaw & Company
  • Levi-Strauss
  • Liggett Group
  • MacAndrews & Forbes
  • Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Marc Fisher Footwear
  • MBIA
  • MF Global Holdings
  • Morgans Hotel Group
  • MusclePharm
  • National Grid
  • NJOY
  • Northwell Health
  • Purolite
  • Renco
  • Rescap
  • Starwood Capital
  • State of Hawaii
  • TerraForm Power
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • The Palm Restaurant
  • TPG
  • U.S. Bank
  • USG Asbestos Trust
  • Vector Group
  • Waterfall Asset Management
  • W.C. Bradley
  • XPO Logistics
  • Zydus Pharmaceuticals
  • ZTE Corporation
Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust litigation Hector Torres
Commercial litigation Sheron Korpus
Commercial litigation Marc E. Kasowitz
Creditors rights and bankruptcy David S. Rosner
Entertainment John V. Berlinski
Government affairs Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
Government affairs Clarine Nardi Riddle
Intellectual property litigation Jonathan K. Waldrop
Investigations and white-collar defense Daniel J. Fetterman
Software litigation Mark P. Ressler
Real estate litigation Paul M. "Tad" O'Connor
Real estate transactions David Szeker
Structured finance litigation Michael A. Hanin
Intellectual property litigation Jay R. Deshmukh
Real estate litigation Jennifer S. Recine
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Daniel R. Benson  photo Mr Daniel R. Benson Antitrust Litigation; Banking and Capital Markets Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products…
Mr Paul Burgo  photo Mr Paul Burgo Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Plaintiffs’ Litigation; Securities Litigation
Mr Jay R. Deshmukh photo Mr Jay R. Deshmukh Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation
Mr Daniel J. Fetterman  photo Mr Daniel J. Fetterman Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Employment Practices and Litigation; Investigations and…
Ms Sarah Gibbs Leivick  photo Ms Sarah Gibbs Leivick Antitrust Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Securities Litigation
Mr Michael Hanin  photo Mr Michael Hanin Banking and Capital Markets Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Plaintiffs’ Litigation; Securities Litigation
Mr Darwin Huang photo Mr Darwin Huang Real Estate and Hospitality Transactions
Mr Uri A. Itkin photo Mr Uri A. Itkin Complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation, securities litigation
Mr Marc E. Kasowitz  photo Mr Marc E. Kasowitz Antitrust Litigation; Banking and Capital Markets Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Environmental Litigation; Insurance Recovery; International…
Ms Cindy Caranella Kelly  photo Ms Cindy Caranella Kelly Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Plaintiffs’ Litigation; Securities Litigation
Mr Sheron Korpus  photo Mr Sheron Korpus Antitrust Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy;…
 Paul M. ’Tad’ O’Connor III  photo Paul M. ’Tad’ O’Connor III Banking and Capital Markets Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Insurance Recovery; Intellectual Property Litigation; International…
Ms Jennifer S. Recine photo Ms Jennifer S. Recine Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Securities Litigation
Mr David S. Rosner  photo Mr David S. Rosner Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation; Plaintiffs’ Litigation
Mr Hershy Stern photo Mr Hershy Stern Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation
Mr David Szeker photo Mr David Szeker Real Estate and Hospitality Transactions
Mr Hector Torres  photo Mr Hector Torres Antitrust Litigation; Banking and Capital Markets Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Employment Practices and…
Mr Stephen W. Tountas  photo Mr Stephen W. Tountas Commercial Litigation; Plaintiffs’ Litigation; Securities Litigation
Number of Partners : 79
Total Number of Lawyers : 249
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Partners : Daniel R Benson (
Partners : Hector Torres (