Seward & Kissel LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP

3 Star Rating     2 reviews 
Main Office:

One Battery Park Plaza | New York City | NY | 10004

Phone: 212-574-1200 | Fax: 212-480-8421

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Year of establishment 1890 Number of partners 51
Number of offices 2 Partner to associate ratio 0.70
Biggest office New York City Percentage of women attorneys 30.10
Number of attorneys 152 Percentage of minority attorneys 13.20
Number of associates 74 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.80
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Seward & Kissel LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Advice to law firm management: You can stop illegally prosecuting Steven Donziger. You could cut ties and stop representing Chevron or Chevron interests. You could retire your law license and hope to avoid corruption charges. You could go states evidence and turn on all the corrupt elites and maybe your proteges won't be ashamed of you.

Pros: Money and connections. Your get connections to many elites and have the chance to do them favors. No need for morals, ethics, or integrity. Plenty of secret bonuses and benefits to earn.

Cons: Willing to do anything for a few dollars. Encouraged to find creative ways to abuse the law and the judicial system to make money. Working for massive multinational conglomerates to greatly damage humanity and the planet for money. Ashamed to associate with them and have to scrub yourself every night to get rid of the gross feelings. Will probably lose any moral people like your partner, associates, and friends if they find out who you work for.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Not much difference between the partners in the end. Just different approaches to being borderline corrupt.

Favorite Things About this Firm: It was great watching them research laws to find out how unethical or immortal they could get away with. Creative ways to manipulate others to get their money. They are/were acting as public prosecutors and as such lose their private protections.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2020

Job type: Freelance

- Reviewed on August 04, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Refresh inward arrangements with respect to non-legitimate staff. A great deal of "rules" aren't composed, or on the off chance that they are it's in a to a great degree dated guide. Tune in to the charged and give reasonable appraisals. It would be ideal if you consider the ability sets of all representatives and give testing work.

Pros: Individuals can be exceptionally friendly and cheerful. It is Incredible for its investment administration and related gatherings. Workplaces may offer a pleasant view while working. Partners are available, extraordinary and dynamic. A collegial and proficient atmosphere pervades the workplace.

Cons: Sub-market rewards and bonuses, tech and advantages (contrasted with substantial NYC based firms). Medicinal benefits are costly. The firm is modest with specific supplies that are required to complete workplace duties. Repayments take quite a while when you are required to be reimbursed. There is not a lot of development opportunity and at times you may be relying upon your group for assistance. The work can sometimes be constrained and dull. The programming the firm uses is not at maximum quality. Administration is not always available when needed.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Seward & Kissel, founded in 1890, is a leading U.S. law firm with an international reputation for excellence. We have offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. Our practice primarily focuses on corporate and litigation work for clients seeking legal expertise in the financial services, corporate finance and capital markets areas. The Firm is particularly well known for its representation of major commercial banks, investment banking firms, investment advisers and related investment funds (including mutual funds and hedge funds), broker-dealers, institutional investors and transportation companies (particularly in the shipping area).

Practice Areas

Seward & Kissel LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Aviation Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Trusts And Estates
  • Banks And Banking
  • Corporate Finance
  • Asset Securitization
  • Capital Markets
  • Global Bank And Institutional Finance
  • Derivatives And Other Counterparty Arrangements
  • Brokered Deposits
  • Intellectual Property
  • Bankruptcy & Reorganization
  • Employment Law
  • Maritime And Transportation Finance
  • Investment Management
  • Private Funds
  • Registered Investment Companies
  • Investment Advisers
  • Broker Dealers And Other Regulated Entities
  • Business Transactions
  • Securities Litigation
  • Regulatory Investigations And Enforcement
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Maritime Litigation

Hiring Criteria

Seward & Kissel LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

We are selective in our hiring standards. We look to hire outstanding students and lawyers. We are interested in well-rounded, mature individuals of demonstrated intellectual capacity and promising legal ability who can quickly assume a share of the Firm's work responsibilities.

Pro bono

Seward & Kissel does not report any information regarding its billable hours requirement.

Seward & Kissel LLP Awards and Recognitions

Six Seward & Kissel Partners have been Selected as Best Lawyers in America, 2016.

Seward & Kissel is Ranked in Four Categories in The Legal 500 USA, 2015:

Seward & Kissel was named Best Business Transactions Group, USA, by the Acquisition International 2015 M&A Awards.

11 attorneys are recognized by Chambers USA 2015 for excellence in their fields of practice.

Partner Jack Yoskowitz has been selected by the New York State Bar Association as the recipient of the 2015 President's Pro Bono Service Award.

5 Seward & Kissel attorneys are listed in Super Lawyers 2014 New York-Metro Women's Edition.

Seward & Kissel was named

Summer associate program

In 2010, Seward & Kissel LLP had a class of 11 summer associates. 9 of those summer associates were considered for offers. 8 offers were made.

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