Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
is a law firm with offices in New York City and Paris.
The Firm was founded in 1968 in New York under the name Kramer, Lowenstein, Nessen & Kamin
. Founding members include Arthur B. Kramer
, Louis Lowenstein
, Maurice Nessen
, and Sherwin Kamin
When Eugene Nickerson
, a descendant of President John Adams
, joined the firm, its name changed to Nickerson, Kramer, Lowenstein, Nessen & Kamin
. The firm's current name, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
, emerged as a result of personnel changes over a number of years, including Nickerson leaving to join the federal bench
of the Eastern District of New York
, Lou Lowenstein
joining the faculty of Columbia Law School
, Gary P. Naftalis
becoming a name partner, and Marvin E. Frankel
, the former Southern District of New York
judge, joining the Firm.
Kramer Levin also has an office in Paris, France which it acquired in 1999 from the legacy US firm Rogers & Wells
which did not want to merge with the rest of the firm to London-based Clifford Chance
. The firm maintains strong relationships with other firms throughout the world. Kramer Levin was the exclusive US referral firm to UK heavyweight Berwin Leighton Paisner
from 2000–2007, when the alliance was downgraded to "preferred firm" status meaning the two will still collaborate but without exclusive referrals.
As of 2007, after careful and deliberate... Read More