We are known for our creative, aggressive litigators and willingness to take on tough cases. We outthink and outflank our opponents, and understand how to win for our clients. We have extensive trial experience and are always trial-ready, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in every area of litigation. We are committed to pursuing aggressive and innovative approaches to our clients’ most challenging legal matters. Our lawyers have been recognized by, among others, Chambers USA, Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, Law360 and National Law Journal for excellence in their fields.
Kasowitz’s core focus is commercial litigation. We outthink and outflank our opponents, and understand what it means for our clients to win. We have extensive trial experience and are always trial-ready. We represent both plaintiffs and defendants and have won major cases in virtually every litigation sub-area.
Kasowitz regularly represents clients, as plaintiffs or defendants, in cases involving price-fixing, bid-rigging, tying, exclusive dealing, conspiracies, attempts to monopolize, and monopolization. The firm’s antitrust experience spans a wide range of industries, including shipping, chemicals, agricultural and processed foods, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and publishing. Our antitrust lawyers have received extensive recognition by Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal, and Best Lawyers in America, among others, and have chaired American Bar Association antitrust committees and other similar groups.
Kasowitz’s Bankruptcy Litigation and Restructuring team is one of the leading bankruptcy groups in the country. We have extensive experience representing parties in out-of-court workouts, restructurings, insolvency and bankruptcy litigation, and all related and attendant state and federal court litigations.
Kasowitz’s Employment Practices and Litigation Group takes an extremely practical and results-oriented approach to employment problems faced by our clients. We have extensive trial experience which enables us to take strong positions on behalf of our clients and which gives adversaries pause before filing suit or proceeding to trial. At the same time, our goal is often to help our clients resolve sensitive employment disputes discretely and efficiently whenever possible. We negotiate, just as when we litigate, from the strongest possible position, seeking wins for our clients whether in settlement or by court or arbitrator decision.
Kasowitz's Intellectual Property Litigation group has extensive experience in all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, copyright, right of publicity, and related antitrust and unfair competition litigation. Our clients have included Google, Adobe, Verizon, Mallinckrodt, Watson Pharmaceuticals (now Teva), Oracle, and TransPerfect, among others.
Kasowitz’s Real Estate Litigation team has successfully handled a wide variety of real estate and hotel-related litigation matters, including partnership and joint venture disputes, contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims, air rights and development rights disputes, investigations, foreclosures, workouts and other restructurings. We focus on achieving our client’s specific goals, whether by negotiating a resolution, preparing for possible litigation, or litigating a case through discovery and trial.
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Kasowitz’s Securities Litigation practice is trial-ready and aggressive, and known for successfully handling bet-the-company litigations for both plaintiffs and defendants. We regularly defend corporations, financial institutions, and directors and officers in securities actions and, for plaintiffs, frequently represent corporations, financial institutions, institutional investors and high net worth individuals in pursuing securities law violations by issuers and other market participants, including in direct actions and opt-out litigation.
Kasowitz has established the country’s foremost practice devoted to representing companies and public entities in the recovery of damages arising out of failed and problematic implementations of enterprise resource planning (ERP) business software. Few corporate initiatives are as fraught with risk as these high-priced projects, which often deliver a new software platform that is scarcely better than the legacy system it replaced. Even worse are ERP catastrophes – mission-critical projects that fail upon go-live, decimating customer relationships, financial results, growth and acquisition plans, investors’ and lenders’ confidence and employee morale. Many companies that have faced the business disruption and chaos stemming from an oversold and improperly designed and implemented ERP rollout have turned to our attorneys to obtain compensation from the responsible consulting or software firms.
Kasowitz’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice 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. Our 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. In addition to having earned the honor of being trusted counsel to numerous industry leading companies and high profile professionals, our white collar lawyers have been recognized as being among the best in the field by sources including Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America and the National Law Journal.
Complementing our top-flight litigation practice, we provide transactional advice in several key areas - antitrust, real estate, and general corporate matters. We work quickly and efficiently to understand our clients’ businesses and provide practical advice to help our clients achieve their business objectives. We routinely collaborate with the firm’s litigation, government affairs, bankruptcy and restructuring, and employment groups, providing a fully integrated team that is able to bring about practical solutions to drive our clients’ businesses forward. Our transactional clients span a wide range of industries, including shipping, chemicals, agricultural and processed foods, consumer products, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and publishing.
Kasowitz’s core transactional antitrust practice is headed by Kevin Arquit, described as “one of the great antitrust lawyers in the country” and “a true leader of the Bar” by Chambers USA. Our transactional antitrust team has substantial government experience and a deep understanding of regulatory and judicial processes. We are able to provide wise counsel and guide our clients through the complex challenging antitrust problems that frequently arise in connection with major mergers & acquisitions and other corporate transactions.
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Kasowitz’s corporate group has extensive experience in complex corporate matters, including mergers; asset, stock and membership interest acquisitions and divestitures; commercial lending; joint ventures and strategic alliances; licensing; venture capital; employment, distribution and manufacturing agreements; corporate governance and general corporate representation.
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Kasowitz’s Real Estate Transactions group advises clients in a full array of complex issues relating to office, residential, lodging, gaming, shopping center and mixed-use projects throughout the United States. We represent clients in acquisitions and dispositions of single properties and property portfolios; acquisitions and participations of mortgage and mezzanine debt; workouts and restructurings; financings of real estate properties and projects; office and retail leasing; and joint venture development.
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Kasowitz’s Government Affairs and Strategic Counsel Practice Group provides public policy advocacy and strategic counsel to individuals, firms, non-profits and trade associations at the intersection of law, business and public policy. Led by former Connecticut Attorney General and Senate Chief of Staff Clarine Nardi Riddle, and anchored by former Senator Joseph Lieberman, the practice group combines strategic counseling, substantive policy knowledge, and insiders’ experience and perspectives on Capitol Hill to support our clients. We create strategies, identify and build alliances, develop business opportunities, advocate for legislative and regulatory policy ends, respond to investigations, and conduct strategic business planning.
Kasowitz’s Matrimonial and Family Law group has a national reputation for its ability to litigate or negotiate the full range of family and matrimonial issues, including premarital, marital, separation and other agreements. The group handles high-conflict custody and parenting disputes, including complex analysis of income, estate and gift tax implications of matrimonial decisions and negotiated agreements.
Kasowitz has extensive experience handling litigation for consumer and industrial companies, on both the plaintiff and defense side. Our work for these companies includes all aspects of litigation, including commercial, mass tort and product liability, trade secret, intellectual property, antitrust, employment, bankruptcy and restructuring, and employment.
Kasowitz’s Entertainment Law group represents actors, directors, producers, talent agencies, business managers, lawyers and studios in the entertainment industry in their most significant disputes, with a focus on "backend" profit participation claims. In particular, we specialize in providing pre-litigation advice in connection with profit participation audits and negotiating audit settlements, and in litigating profit participation disputes. While most of the Entertainment Practice's representations are confidential, certain matters have been the subject of articles in the Hollywood trades and The Wall Street Journal.
Kasowitz has decades of experience advising hedge funds in high-stakes litigation and crafting unique and creative solutions for issues relating to their investments. We handle sophisticated commercial litigation, complex financial products and securities litigation, financial restructuring, white collar litigation and employment litigation for our hedge fund clients. We have successfully represented hedge funds in numerous litigations, negotiations and potential disputes involving securitizations and other structured finance products.
Some of the world’s largest insurance companies partner with Kasowitz to resolve their most challenging and complicated problems. Our insurance and reinsurance litigation team has the breadth and depth of trial experience to help our insurance company clients, including senior directors and officers, navigate complex litigations. We have represented our insurer clients in trial courts, appellate courts and bankruptcy courts, as well as various international and domestic arbitration tribunals.
Kasowitz has decades of experience advising private equity firms and portfolio companies in high-stakes litigation and real estate transactions. We regularly handle sophisticated commercial litigation, securities litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, antitrust litigation, white collar litigation, employment litigation and transactional real estate matters for our private equity clients.
Kasowitz has a full-service real estate group that has extensive experience handling litigation, transactional and bankruptcy matters for our clients in the real estate and hospitality industries. Our litigators regularly advise and collaborate with our transactional real estate lawyers concerning the litigation implications of particular provisions, agreements and/or transactions.
Kasowitz has extensive experience handling litigation for our clients in the technology, media and telecommunications industries. We handle a broad range of litigation for our clients in these industries, and work across practice areas to resolve our clients’ disputes as successfully as possible.