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At a Glance

Uppers

“Work-life balance, quality of work, compensation, work-from-home opportunities, and direct work with partners.”

“Compensation as well as interesting, substantive work. Opportunities to grow and develop as an attorney.”

Downers

“The bureaucracy.”

“The work is sometimes not allocated in the most efficient way, which can lead to associate burnout.”

About Kramer Levin

Rooted in New York, with offices in Silicon Valley, Washington, DC, and Paris, Kramer Levin is a full-service shop with 400 lawyers. The firm practices across dozens of areas with particular strength in bankruptcy, immigration, litigation, M&A, real estate, and white collar.

Many Eggs, Many Baskets

Fourteen New York attorneys teamed up to start Kramer Levin in 1968. From the start, Kramer Levin was positioned as a full-service firm that didn’t rely on a single hallmark practice or long-standing relationship with one major client. This approach, combined with the firm’s small size, meant that some practice areas were run by just one or two lawyers, but it also meant that Kramer Levin was able to accept litigation, real estate, transactional, tax, and trusts and estates assignments. One of the reasons why the firm was able to attract and retain partners and associates in its early days was the fact that it offered attorneys a chance to work in small teams and build their practices themselves instead of navigating through the crowds at larger firms.

From Gavels to Distress to Buildings

Kramer Levin has stuck by its diversified practice model. Its litigators handle everything from advertising litigation and commercial litigation to antitrust and real estate litigation to securities litigation and white-collar defense—to name some. Among the firm’s notable matters is the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which determined that denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry violates the Constitution. 

The firm is recognized for its work in restructuring—and for good reason. Kramer Levin has been involved in some of the largest and most complex bankruptcies filed in the country, including Caesar’s Entertainment, Toys R Us, and Puerto Rico. 

Holding a spot within the top 20 of Vault’s Real Estate ranking, Kramer Levin’s real estate practice is also widely recognized. The group advises real estate owners and developers, private equity investors, investment bankers, and hoteliers, among others. Clients include the Related Companies LP in the 26-acre Hudson Yards development in Midtown Manhattan and The Walt Disney Co. in the sale of its Upper West Side campus and the purchase of a new headquarters in Lower Manhattan.

Rising to the Challenge

Pro bono isn’t an afterthought at Kramer Levin. The firm was a charter member of Volunteers of Legal Service, Inc., and through its partnership with the organization, Kramer pledges a minimum of 30 hours each year per lawyer. That’s more than 11,000 hours, in case you lost count. In addition, Kramer Levin is a signatory of the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge through the Pro Bono Institute.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • Litigation chair Barry Berke served as special counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in the first impeachment of the former president of the United States and chief impeachment counsel to the House in the second impeachment. 
  • We represented VICI Properties in its $1.4 billion initial public offering, the largest IPO in the hospitality sector.
  • Kramer Levin won victories in the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court in landmark decisions invalidating Puerto Rico’s Debt Enforcement Recovery Act, protecting investors from future attempts by states or territories to enact their own restructuring statutes in lieu of the Federal Bankruptcy Code.
  • Kramer Levin founding partner Arthur Kramer’s brother, Larry Kramer, was a founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and a pivotal figure in AIDS activism. Kramer Levin incorporated GMHC and continues to work with the organization to this day.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certified, 2022—Diversity Lab
  • White Collar Crime/Investigations Firm of the Year 2023—Benchmark Litigation 
  • Law Firm of the Year, New York, 2022—Benchmark Litigation
  • Standout Firm, “Innovation in Sustainability” and “Innovation in Equity and Racial Justice”—Financial Times
  • Top Two Pro Bono Program, 2022—Law360 Pulse
Kramer Levin

1177 Avenue of Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 715-9100

Firm Stats

Managing Partners: Paul H. Schoeman and Howard T. Spilko
Hiring Partner: Kerri Ann Law
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2023:
1

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $ 215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $420,000
Summer Associate: $4,135 per week

Employment Contact

Lauren Tapper
Chief Legal Talent Officer
(212) 715-9287
ltapper@kramerlevin.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 3

No. of International Offices: 1

Major Office Locations

New York, NY (HQ)
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC |
Paris

Major Departments

Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Corporate
Cybersecurity, Privacy, & Data Protection
Employment Law
Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
EU Competition & Trade Law
Immigration
Insurance Transactional & Regulatory
Intellectual Property
Investment Management
Litigation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental
Securitization & Derivatives
Tax
White Collar
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.