Kaye Scholer

Kaye Scholer

Infobox Law Firm
firm_name = Kaye Scholer
headquarters =
foundation = 1917 | num_offices = 8
num_attorneys = 500+
practice_areas = General practice
revenue = N/A
date_founded = 1917 (New York City)
company_type = LLP
homepage = [http://www.kayescholer.com www.kayescholer.com]

Kaye Scholer is a law firm founded in 1917 by Benjamin Kaye and Jacob Scholer. The firm has more than 500 attorneys in eight offices located in the cities of Chicago, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, New York (headquarters), Shanghai, Washington, D.C., and West Palm Beach.

Reputation and Recognition

Kaye Scholer is internationally known for being a leading litigation firm. Its particular areas of litigation strength include antitrust, intellectual property, and products liability. In 2005, "The National Law Journal" selected Kaye Scholer as one of the nation's ten elite litigation defense firms. In 2006, "The American Lawyer" magazine selected Kaye Scholer as the products liability litigation firm of the year. In 2006, The "National Law Journal" again named Kaye Scholer to its list of elite litigation defense firms. In 2007, The "National Law Journal" once again named Kaye Scholer to its list of the 10 elite litigation defense firms—marking Kaye Scholer as the only law firm to appear in this list for the three years it has run.

Kaye Scholer also has a well developed transactional practice, including world-class expertise in aviation, bankruptcy, finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and real estate.

Kaye Scholer is one of the nation's 25 most profitable large law firms, according to "American Lawyer" magazine. Kaye Scholer maintains a reputation for being a collegial firm, something of a rarity in law firms of its size and economic success.


Founded as in 1917 in New York by Benjamin Kaye and Jacob Scholer. Scholer was a graduate of New York Law School. Kaye was a banking lawyer and noted playwright. The firm was known as Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler for many years. It was one of the first firms to make inroads with the Orthodox Jewish community in New York. By virtue of its origins as a "Jewish firm" [For a discussion of the historic role of religion in hiring practices in law firms, see white shoe firm.] the firm built a successful real estate practice advising Olympia & York, the developers of Canary Wharf. [Paul Hoffman, "The Lions of the Eighties" (1982), New York: Doubleday, p. 105] Kaye Scholer launched in Washington, D.C. in 1980 and now that office employs 50 attorneys.

Kaye Scholer opened a small office in West Palm Beach in 1997 where it focuses on real estate and estate planning law.

The firm was the first New York-based law firm to launch in Shanghai in 1998. ["The Lawyer," 'NYC firm first to Shanghai,' (1998) http://www.thelawyer.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=95588]

Following the merger of London-based Clifford Chance and legacy firm Rogers & Wells, Kaye Scholer benefited from a series of key lateral partners in intellectual property and bankruptcy. ["The Lawyer," 'Clifford Chance New York rainmaker quites for Kaye' (2003) http://www.thelawyer.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=107812] ["The Lawyer," 'CC hit for six by Kaye Scholer NY raid' (2005) http://www.thelawyer.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=114093]

Notable Mandates

*Advised WCI Steel along with Boston law firm McDermott Will & Emery in its acquisition by OAO Severstal in 2008, a transaction valued at $327 million.
*Counseled the Onex Corporation in its acquisition of the Wichita/Tulsa division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and its Rocketdyne Propulsion and Power unit for total consideration of $1.9 billion in cash in 2005.
*Previously represented the Onex Corporation in its C$2 billion disposal of Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation to Bain Capital in 2004.
*Advised Chef America Inc. in its acquisition by Nestle SA for total consideration of $2.6 billion in cash and debt. The deal closed in October 2002.
*Lead patent counsel for Pfizer in its patent infringement lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. in which Teva attempted to bring a generic version of Celebrex to market.

Noted Alumni

Among Kaye Scholer's alumni are former Senator Abraham Ribicoff, Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master of the U.S. Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and Brian Leiter, professor of law at University of Texas at Austin and blogger of the Leiter Reports. [ [http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/cvs/bleiter_cv.pdf www.utexas.edu] ]


External links

* [http://www.kayescholer.com Official Firm Website]

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