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Morrison Cohen LLP

At a Glance


“The work is interesting, competitive, and varied.”

“The work-life balance; the people.”


The unpredictability of hours.”

“Associate pay can lag the market.”

About Morrison Cohen LLP

With more than 125 lawyers based out of a single office in midtown Manhattan, Morrison Cohen provides legal services around the globe across a dozen major practice areas. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List multiple times and is ranked among Vault’s Best Midsize Law Firms in New York and best Midsize Law Firms for Diversity.

Servicing Businesses in a Big Way

Morrison Cohen was founded in 1984. From the beginning, the firm’s focus has been on servicing its clients with an ambitious and results-oriented approach. Don’t let the firm’s size fool you—Morrison Cohen may be a midsize firm, but it packs a big punch when it comes to experience. In fact, more than half of its lawyers previously practiced in BigLaw before lateraling to the firm. And the firm works across myriad industries, from financial services and digital assets to manufacturing and consumer products to software and medical devices, and more.

A Firm of Many Strengths

Given its roots in the Big Apple, it isn’t surprising that Morrison Cohen is highly regarded for its corporate work. When it comes to M&A, the firm has experience advising investment and merchant banks, lenders, private equity firms, and public and private strategic buyers and sellers, among other clients. Through its Private Investment Fund practice, the firm is experienced in setting up and winding down funds, advising on regulatory issues, handling compensation for fund principals and employees, and many other areas. Another strong point for the firm is its work in venture capital and private equity. Notably, the firm has experience representing both companies and investors in this area, giving it a more holistic understanding of the transactions. True to the firm’s collaborative approach, its Technology, Data & IP attorneys participate in capital markets and M&A transactions as needed in order to protect the interests of lenders, equity sponsors, buyers, and sellers.

Morrison Cohen is also known for its labor and employment prowess. The firm counsels businesses of all types, focusing not only the complex scheme of federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing the workplace, but on a client’s business and operational objectives like preventative measures, training, and representation in formal proceedings and before administrative agencies. The firm is also one of the few that represents both companies, from start-ups to mature organizations, and individuals, including senior executive and C-suite members, in virtually all aspects of the employment relationship. The firm designs and implements incentive compensation plans; employment, separation and restrictive covenant agreements; and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and is frequently called upon to provide tax, ERISA, securities, and governance advice.

The firm also boasts a strong Business Litigation practice. Matters are staffed strategically with experienced litigators who work in a range of areas, including alternative dispute resolution, appellate, financial services, health care, IP, insurance, labor and employment, real estate, securities, and white collar—to name some. The firm’s Strategic Case Review attorneys provide a non-biased review of such areas as case strategy, briefs, and motions, as well as the opportunity to moot a case. The firm also has a Digital Assets practice, with a Cryptocurrency Litigation Tracker to stay apprised of the latest developments crypto and blockchain litigation.

Family Office Firm

The firm houses a Family Office group, which focuses on single- and multi-family office clients and their individual family members. This group showcases the collaborative nature of the firm, bringing together lawyers from multiple practices, including Individual Client Services, IP, Litigation, Labor and Employment, M&A, Real Estate, and Private Investment Fund. The group also comprises true thought leaders—its attorneys have appeared at industry events to speak on family office trends and topics ranging from venture capital and private equity to cryptocurrency and deep tech.

Morrison Cohen LLP

909 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 735-8600

Firm Stats

Managing Partners: Steven M. Cooperman and Y. David Scharf
Deputy Managing Partners: Peter K. Anglum and Andrew W. Bank
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
100 - 150
No. of Partners Named 2022:

Base Salary

1st year: $182,500 – $190,000 2nd year: $190,001 - $195,825   3rd year: $195,826 - $216,825 4th year: $216,826 - $240,000 5th year: $240,001 - $260,000  6th year: $260,001 - $280,000  7th year: $280,001 - $300,000 Class year is one of many factors that determine salary at Morrison Cohen; others include practice area experience and billing rate. For that reason we use class-based ranges. We typically start discussions about senior counsel status at the end of year 7, so the ranges above run from years 1 through 7.

Employment Contact

Deirdre Rose
Director of Human Resources & Operations
(212) 735-8729

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

New York, NY

Major Departments

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business Litigation
Business Solutions, Restructuring and Governance
Digital Assets
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
Family Office
Labor & Employment
Individual Client Services
Private Investment Funds
Real Estate
Technology, Data & IP
Venture Capital & Private Equity
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.