Firm Profile > Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP > Redwood Shores, United States

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
333 TWIN DOLPHIN DRIVE
SUITE 200
REDWOOD SHORES, CA 94065
United States

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The 'highly client-focused' team at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP has a strong pedigree in the white-collar criminal defense and corporate investigations space, counting on Senator Joseph Lieberman as member and founding partner, along with heavyweight litigator Marc Kasowitz, in its New York office. The team is primarily focused on government, internal and independent investigations, although it is often called upon in government enforcement actions. The group is led by New York's Daniel Fetterman, an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. In San Francisco, Lyn Agre utilises her knowledge in FCPA to represent corporates and executives.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Fetterman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Highly client focused.’

Dan Fetterman is an all star. Fetterman understands strategic thinking in a client focused way. He sees the playing field in a way few others do. He is trustworthy and has the most effective manner. He knows when to fight and when to compromise.’

Key clients

Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America

ZTE Corporation – Chinese Multinational Telecommunications Equipment and Systems Company

Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas, formerly the owner of multiple U.S.-based energy companies

Nacho Foncillas, Former Gibson Dunn and Boise Schiller Partner

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

Anheuser-Busch Companies, the world’s largest beer manufacturer.

Emad Vaez

Mohammed Rezaian

David Osborne

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 2

Marc Kasowitz - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP New York-based founding partner Marc Kasowitz, described as 'one of the most effective litigators in town', routinely represents financial services companies and corporations in high-value white-collar trials. In an ongoing mandate, Kasowitz is representing MBIA Insurance Corporation in its claim against Credit Suisse seeking over $740m as a result of the defendant's alleged breach of contractual warranties in connection with the securitization of mortgage-backed securities. On the defense side, he recently won the dismissal of a $130m RICO claim brought by Bradford Billet against 25 defendants, including the chairman and CEO of MusclePharm, in relation to an alleged long-running conspiracy. Kasowitz is also known for advising high-profile individuals facing allegations of sexual harassment, including Bill O'Reilly.

Key clients

MBIA

Woodstock 50

ACA Financial Guaranty Corp

FinancialApps

Harbinger Capital Partners

FHFA

Douglas Elliman Realty

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: plaintiff Tier 2

'The team combines an understanding of the ins and out of New York litigation procedures with deep legal knowledge and a savvy, commercial and practical approach to litigation', remarks a client of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. The firm has a strong team in New York that does not chase class actions as part of its strategy, being involved more often in direct action opt-out cases, notably for hedge funds that have suffered big losses. Nevertheless, the firm has a solid track record in both class actions and opt-out cases. Marc Kasowitz and Sheron Korpus, who is 'very bright and gets right to the real issues', lead the practice. Also recommended are Michael Hanin, who focuses on representing investment funds in litigation relating to complex credit securities, and securities fraud specialist Stephen Tountas , who 'knows class action opt-out litigation better than anyone' and who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in high-profile cases. Uri Itkin is a younger partner with significant first-chair experience who handles complex financial products and structured finance litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marc Kasowitz; Sheron Korpus

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

There is no over-staffing on cases and there is an excellent atmosphere within the team. The workload is always appropriately coordinated and there is transparency towards the client.

Sheron Korpus is very bright and gets right to the real issues with a clear view for the overall picture. He has an excellent understanding of client matters.

The team combines an understanding of the ins and out of New York litigation procedures with deep legal knowledge and a savvy, commercial and practical approach to litigation.

Sheron Korpus and Sarmad Khojasteh are core members of the team. Leading the litigation team, Sheron Korpus brings a wealth of local and legal experience, is quick to understand and outline the proper legal strategy and next steps. Sarmad Khojasteh provides fast execution and turn around time, as well as thoughtful legal analysis.

A leader in class action opt-out litigation, the firm always acts in the client’s best interests.

It is a firm that devises very creative litigation strategies.

Steve Tountas knows class action opt-out litigation better than anyone.

The firm stands out for its industry expertise and its commitment to clients.

Uri Itkin is an excellent, dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer.  He understands the business and has strong relationships.

Key clients

US Bank

MBIA Insurance

Royal Bank of Canada

Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”)

Comcast Corporation

Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Fairfax Financial Holdings

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

Astra Asset Management

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 3

Focusing almost exclusively on high-value commercial litigation, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is prominent in major work for the financial services industry, and maintains an impressive client roster of well-known hedge funds. In a highlight, Uri Itkin represented Astra Asset Management in Minnesota state court in a $150m securities lawsuit, securing a settlement on the eve of trial. Aside from its core financial work, the firm has in a thriving general commercial practice. Founder Marc Kasowitz is currently representing Woodstock 50 in a dispute with the festival's former financing partner Dentsu; the New York Supreme Court ruled that Dentsu did not have the right to pull funding, and the case has proceeded to arbitration. In the hospitality sector, Paul M. 'Tad' O’Connor III, representing InterContinental Hotels Group in New York state court, successfully obtained preliminary injunctions in a case arising from contract disputes with hotel owners. A key younger partner is the 'extremely intelligentPaul Burgo, who employed his 'strong analytical and advocacy skills' when handling an oral argument in the defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation case brought by former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos.

Practice head(s):

Marc Kasowitz

Other key lawyers:

Paul O’Connor; Mark Ressler; Uri Itkin; Paul Burgo

Testimonials

The team’s attention to detail is unparalleled. It is exactly what I expect from a law firm, and what I use as a bar when evaluating other firms, within and outside the framework of law. It is especially refreshing to see people identify an issue, and think logistically in pre-planning, as well as during and post-resolution. I came away feeling very confident about the process and ultimately at ease, which is what I had hoped for, but not necessarily expected.’

Paul Burgo is the name that stands out most to me. He has advised me through a variety of issues in the realm of finance. In my opinion, he is the best combination of knowledge base, professionalism, and client interest I have come across in the world of hedge funds and private investments. On multiple occasions, Paul has not only delivered on the task at hand, but has gone out of his way to ensure I am thinking two steps ahead on possible issues. To me, this type of behavior is very uncommon in this field. It genuinely requires lawyers to care beyond their immediate bottom lines. Due to this, I see Paul as a lifetime partner when it comes to seeking advice and making tough financial decisions.

Kasowitz firm has consistently provided the best advocacy of any firm that I have had represent my company or me personally.

Marc Kasowitz is one of the leading advocates in the legal profession. He is concerned for his clients personally and professionally and has provided the best and most effective legal advice and counsel over the past 20 years. He is a fierce and passionate lawyer whose loyalty to his clients and superior business acumen have resulted for me personally and my company, the most successful outcomes, every time. Paul Burgo is a dedicated, younger partner, who is hands-on and covers thoroughly any and all legal issues, so we were always prepared and got the desired results. He is totally responsive, 24-7 and provides the most thoughtful, honest and intelligent representation.

They go above and beyond to be thorough, listen to your desires and fight hard for what you want.’

Paul Burgo is an incredible lawyer. He’s always available, efficient with his time, is extremely intelligent, has strong analytical and advocacy skills and one of the best abilities to communicate effectively I’ve ever seen in a lawyer. You know that he’s passionate about this because he really fights for the right outcomes for his clients.’

Professionalism, responsiveness and creative solutions.

Key clients

TPG Capital

Fairfax Financial Holdings

MBIA Insurance

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Woodstock 50

InterContinental Hotels

National Grid

State of Hawaii

AIG

Eros International

President Donald J. Trump

Harbinger Capital

Teva Pharmaceuticals

MusclePharm

TerraForm Power

Loreley Financing

Emergent Capital

Mahindra and Mahindra

Primus Partners

MF Global Holdings

JDS Development Group

Douglas Elliman Realty

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 3

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP's bankruptcy litigation and restructuring practice in New York carries out creditor-based work with a focus on the US market. The group, under chair David Rosner, handles all parts of a bankruptcy from traditional to contentious matters, which they fight promptly and internally as all team members are seasoned litigators. In line with market trends, in 2019 the firm has seen a slight decrease in oil and gas matters, a steady number of cases in the retail sector and, due to the opioid scandal, is expecting a surge in healthcare mass disputes. Their clientele is also expanding onto the debtor side.

Practice head(s):

David Rosner

Other key lawyers:

Adam Shiff

Key clients

TPG Capital

Fred’s

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Nine West Holdings

JCrew Group

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

Ad Hoc Energy Future Holdings Claimants

Equity Committee of Hercules Offshore

Waterfall Asset Management

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Essar Steel Minnesota

Harbinger Capital Partners

Cyrus Capital Partners

Fairfax Financial Holdings

Contrarian Capital Management

Relativity Media

Ad Hoc Committee of General Motors Term Loan Lenders

Salvatore Lamonica

Renco

Plan administrator for MF Global

Aman Group Resorts

Anderson News

Pasig

Law Debenture Trust Company of New York

ACA Financial Guaranty

Howard Meyers

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 5

As a destination practice for antitrust litigation, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP regularly represents defendants in cases involving price-fixing, bid-rigging, tying, exclusive dealing, conspiracies and monopolization. Co-heads Sheron KorpusHector Torres and Kevin Arquit, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in February 2019, operate out of the firm's New York office. Of the leading trio, trial expert Korpus is most involved in class action defense, whereas the 'very impressive' Arquit focuses on regulatory aspects and Torres specializes in B2B antitrust. The department's sector expertise ranges from telecoms, publishing and cable to agricultural and processed foods, shipping, chemicals and automobile manufacturing.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Arquit; Hector Torres; Sheron Korpus

Other key lawyers:

Cindy Caranella Kelly; Sarah Gibbs Leivick

Testimonials

‘Kevin Arquit is very impressive both personally and professionally. He more than holds his own with antitrust practitioners, judges and clients.’ 

‘I consider Sheron Korpus among the country’s most effective defense lawyers in antitrust class actions. He has superb judgment, thinks strategically, and operates with high integrity.’

Key clients

Google

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Ford Motor Company

PhRMA

RNDC

CenturyLink

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurers

Liggett Group

Mylan Pharmaceuticals

Celanese

Comcast Corporation

Fortress Investment Group

Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

Vinson & Elkins LLP is ‘proactive in anticipating and addressing potential issues’ and is rated for its ability to help clients 'prioritize multiple issues on the table or multiple deals that all have a hard deadline'. The team has made several new hires in 2019, which has transformed the look of the group and significantly strengthened its service in real estate acquisition and dispositions, as well as in office and retail leasing. Practice co-head Wallace Schwartz joined the firm from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP alongside Adam Endick and Julia Sanabria. Schwartz has specialist expertise in real estate development, acquisitions, and leasing, jointly leads the group with Paul Martin in Dallas. Clients include banks, private equity firms, public and private real estate investment trusts, developers, contractors, and commercial landlords and tenants.

The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is recognized by clients for its ‘attention to detail and initiative in liaising with counterparts’. The 'terrific' David Szeker operates from New York with his team holding noteworthy experience in handling the acquisition and disposition of single properties and portfolios, mortgage and mezzanine debt acquisitions, workouts and restructurings. Asset expertise includes office, shopping center, residential and mixed-use assets with further core strengths including real estate finance, leasing and joint venture developments. Mauel Fernandez and Alberto Delgado, both former practice co-heads, departed to join Alvarez & Diaz Silveira LLP.

Practice head(s):

Paul Martin; Wallace Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Adam Endick; Randy Jurgensmeyer

Testimonials

‘The team is always ready to discuss things from many different points of view so you can see both sides of the argument. They are also very responsive and will help you prioritize multiple issues on the table or multiple deals that all have a hard deadline.’

‘They are personable, smart, eloquent, have a positive attitude, and have a sense of humor when things get tough.’

‘The V&E real estate practice understands my company’s goals, requirements, hot button issues and anticipates issues accordingly. Consequently, they are able to be proactive in anticipating and addressing potential issues early in the process of getting a transaction completed.’     

‘I work with Randy Jurgensmeyer (Partner) and Courtney Hammond (Associate).  Both are outstanding. Randy has more than 30 years of experience and uses his vast experience, knowledge and attention to detail to be creative when necessary to solve legal issues in a favorable manner taking into account my goals as a client. Courtney Hammond is an outstanding young lawyer. She is highly efficient, diligent, hardworking and does a great job getting work out.  It is always a pleasure to work with both Randy and Courtney.’

Key clients

Alex. Brown Realty

Clarion Partners

CBRE Global Investors

CommonWealth Partners

Crow Holdings Capital Partners

Daseke

Enviva Development Holdings

Goldman Sachs

Hall Emery Real Estate/JP Morgan Asset Management

Hillwood Properties

iStar Financial

WeWork Companies

The Related Companies

Starwood Property Trust

Boston Properties

Rockpoint Group

Extell Development Company

Westbrook Partners

JDS Development Group

Fetner Properties

Paramount Group

Oxford Properties

Taconic Capital

GreenOak Real Estate

Taconic Investment Partners

Turnbridge Equities

Joy Construction

East End Capital

Steel Equities

L&L MAG

Deerfield Management Company

Linklaters

Practice head(s):

David Szeker

Other key lawyers:

Darwin Huang

Testimonials

‘David Szeker and his team provided excellent service and had a complete understanding of the issues surrounding our pending lease.  He was patient with us and made the extra effort to meet with both us and our landlord to iron issues that arose during the negotiation. It truly was a pleasure working with him and his team at Kasowitz.  I can’t say enough about how nice they are!’

‘David Szeker is our main contact and has been very helpful in getting the transactions that he handles for us to completion. He is on top of the issues and always keeps us up to date on the current status of the issues/transactions. The firm is big enough to be taken very seriously but small enough that we do not get lost.’

‘The Kasowitz real estate attorneys are excellent practitioners with dedication to their craft.  Support is always timely and focused on achieving the desired result in the most efficient manner.’

‘We have worked most closely with David Szeker and he stands out for a number of reasons. To name a few, David is a smart, practical and solution-oriented attorney who understands how to thoughtfully and strategically navigate both legal and business issues. He has been a true partner to the business pursuits he has supported for our organization.’

‘I  have worked with Kasowitz Benson Torres on multiple investment and real estate development projects. One of the strengths of the practice is the diversity of their staff and knowledge of both US and international laws and regulations.’

‘I have worked directly with two exceptional attorneys at the practice Mr. Darwin Huang and Mr. David Szeker.  Both individuals exhibit exceptional qualities while providing service to our company.  One is making themselves available at all times.’

‘A lean team of attorneys who provide solid strategic advice on complex real estate matters.’

‘They are responsive and willing to work hard to find creative solutions. Work product is high quality, they are always accessible and put client servicing first.’

Key clients

Rialto Mortgage Finance

BRP Development

Wicker Park Capital Management

Ponte Gadea

Quinlan Development Group

JDS Development

Starwood Property Trust

Turnbridge Equities

The Bainbridge Companies

The Klein Group

East End Capital

Land and Sea Development

Arbor Realty Trust

Cisneros Real Estate

Cottonwood Management

GPC Truss

Napas Acquisition

U.S. Realty Advisors

GFI Capital

Midtown Equities

AEW Capital

iStar

Delshah Capital

Cognizant

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 6

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is especially active for large technology and pharmaceutical companies and successfully acts in complex matters thanks to the practice's longstanding trial experience. One of the most diverse benches in the market, the team of practice head Jonathan Waldrop represents plaintiffs and defendants in the key district courts for patent litigation, at the Federal Circuit, the ITC and in post-grant proceedings at the PTAB, steadily growing its client roster that already includes an impressive string of international giants in their respective fields. The key offices are in Silicon Valley, where Waldrop is based, and in New York. Jeffrey Toney joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Waldrop

Other key lawyers:

Darcy Jones; Marcus Barber; Jay Deshmukh

Key clients

Google

LG

Adobe Systems

Samsung Electronics

ASUS

Verizon

Cox Communications

Mallinckrodt

Reddit

zModo

Kroy IP

United Promotions

Promotoras Unidas

RideApp

Native American Intellectual Property Enterprise Council

MV3 Partners

Fintiv

Leader Development

Industrial Corp.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Industry focus > Insurance: advice to policyholders

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.

Investigations and white-collar defense: 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 U.S. and District Attorneys and two former state attorneys general.

Creditors’ rights and bankruptcy: Kasowitz represents major parties to 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.

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.

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.

Kasowitz clients have included: AIG, Aman Resorts, AMC Networks, 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 Hotel 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, WeWork.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust litigation Hector Torres
Antitrust litigation Sheron Korpus
Commercial litigation Marc E Kasowitz
Creditors rights and bankruptcy David S Rosner
Creditors rights and bankruptcy Andrew K Glenn
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
Investigations and white-collar defense Mark P Ressler
Real estate litigation Paul M. "Tad" O'Connor
Real estate transactions David Szeker
Number of Partners : 94
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 171
Total Staff : 458
Partners : Marc E Kasowitz (mkasowitz@kasowitz.com)
Partners : Daniel R Benson (dbenson@kasowitz.com)
Partners : Hector Torres (htorres@kasowitz.com)