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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is a premier, full-service law firm with offices in New York, Silicon Valley and Paris. Firm lawyers are leading practitioners in their respective fields, who understand their clients’ businesses, demonstrate a strong focus on client service and offer innovative and practical solutions. The firm represents Global 1000 and emerging growth companies, institutions and individuals, across a broad range of industries. The firm, its attorneys and practice groups have received the highest rankings, awards and honors for their work including from Best Lawyers, Chambers USA/Global, Lawdragon 500, American College of Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal, National Bankruptcy Conference, BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms, Benchmark Litigation, Institutional Investor, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Dealflow Media, Investment Dealers Digest, IP Law & Business Almanac, Legal 500 (US and European), Real EstateWeekly and M&A Advisor, among many others. The firm has also been widely honored for its strong commitments to pro bono, community service and diversity efforts. For more information, please visit

Main Location

1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-715-9100
3 offices in 2 countries

Firm Attorneys

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Harold P. Weinberger Harold P. Weinberger Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation, Advertising Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation, Advertising Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property
Norman C. Simon Norman C. Simon Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Practicing in: Advertising Law
Practicing in: Advertising Law

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    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Real Estate Law with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Land Use and Zoning Law with 4 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Real Estate Law with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New York, New York in Land Use and Zoning Law with 4 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "Alan is an exceptionally able lawyer. He is knowledgeable, responsive, and a paragon of civility."
    "Alan Friedman is a first-rate lawyer. He is careful, thorough, and very smart. You are in good hands with him on any complex matter."
    "Carl Frischling is a most effective counselor on all matters that our board deals with, at all times. He has represented our board as counsel to the Independent Directors for almost a decade."
    - Michael Nugent
    Morgan Stanley Funds
    "I have worked with Carl for over 25 years and found him to be excellent to work with."
    "Cheryl Harder is extremely service oriented. She is always prompt and efficient. She is also brilliant! As a wealth manager, I trust her to professionally serve my most important clients. I have worked with many "top" New York City T&E lawyers and without qualification, I can endorse Cheryl as the best in the field!"
    - Robert A. Clarfeld
    Clarfeld Financial Advisors
    "I have worked with Cheryl for many years. I have found her to be collegial and easy to work with. She is extremely dedicated to delivering outstanding client service and is technically strong in the trust and estate planning area."
    - Gerald D. DesRoches
    Wealth and Tax Advisory Services, Inc.
    "My previous comments about Cheryl Hader remain equally valid this year. She is an outstanding lawyer who deserves greater recognition for her skills."
    - Daniel F. Lindley
    The Northern Trust Compan
    "Cheryl is a highly responsive attorney whose broad understanding of the interplay of federal and state tax principles with concepts of trust law results in highly effective estate planning for her clients. Her planning documents are remarkable for their elegant brevity. It is a pleasure to work with her, knowing that the relationship will go smoothly and without unnecessary negotiation of the operative documents."
    - Daniel F. Lindley
    The Northern Trust Compan
    "Cheryl Hader is an excellent Trusts and Estates attorney. She is responsive, efficient, and thorough in all of her client engagements."
    - Norman E. Ross
    The Ross Companies
    "Cheryl Hader is very smart, has excellent knowledge, and is creative. "
    "Cheryl Hader is a "lawyer's lawyer". Extremely bright and very creative, she is also very efficient and moves the process along to fruition. Superlatives are appropriate for her work. She likely has the most sophisticated estate practice in New York City."
    "Cheryl Hader at Kramer Levin provides top-notch estate planning and wealth transfer advice. She is quick to understand a client's needs and intentions, and responds without hesitation to client concerns. Cheryl's drafting is clear, thoughtful and concise, without surplusage or ambiguity. I can't recall encountering anyone more responsive than Cheryl, who must keep a close watch on her Blackberry. I would recommend her to any HNW client who needs planning for a complex estate or wealth transfer."
    "David Frankel is a quick study in decoding complex cases and works very well with clients, other firms, and government authorities in presenting his clients and their positions in the best light. He is both a man of integrity and an outstanding advocate. I recommend him highly."
    - Larry P. Ellsworth
    Jenner & Block LLP
    "Gary Naftalis is a fine man and exceptional lawyer. Thorough in preparation, he is also perceptive and skillful in handling people, respectful, but strong in the courtroom. He is a pleasure to work with."
    - Irwin Russell, Esq.
    "Harold Weinberger knows the Lanham Act backward, forward, and inside-out. He knows immediately what is important in a case, and what is not. There is no wasted motion getting there."
    - Paul Franz
    Procter & Gamble
    "My experiences working with Mr. Godman on a number of matters have been nothing but positive, and I would highly recommend him. He is incredibly responsive, proactive, and clearly understands his clients' needs and concerns."
    "Jim is not only knowledgeable from a technical sense, but also from a practical sense. He knows what it takes to get a deal done and is always quick to come up with a practical solution to difficult problems."
    "Jay Neveloff is an exceptional attorney with thorough knowledge of the NYC marketplace and all of the major players in it."
    - Rich Leber
    New York Life Insurance Company
    "Jay Neveloff is very experienced, professional, and always responsive. He is well respected and just a genuine good guy."
    "I have worked with John for over 20 years and continue to work with him on complicated international trust and tax issues. His help invaluable and I find him a pleasure to work with."
    - Eric Harvitt
    Landmark Companies LLC
    "My experience working with John Novogrod was perfect. I will certainly continue to ask his advice for any legal matters that arise in the future."
    - Martha Grossman
    "There is no one in my life I trust more than John Novogrod. I feel lucky to have him as my decision maker!"
    "Jonathan Canter is very professional and responsive and knowledgeable."
    "Jonathan Canter is a condominium document master. He is very creative, innovative, and a problem solver. He establishes good relationships with all parties involved in the condominium documents in order to get to resolution. He is very responsive and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done."
    "Ken is a lawyer whom I have always trusted will find a way to resolve issues and get a deal done. He has always protected our firm and our interests, yet still has the terms of the deal be fair and equitable for all. As a "deal attorney" Ken is one of the best."
    "Ken Eckstein brought an effective balance of aggressiveness and reasonableness to our case, enabling us to achieve what I believe was the best possible outcome."
    - R. Michael Collins
    "Kenneth Eckstein is one of the best bankruptcy partners in NYC. He is very commercial with a large breath of experience. He can quickly get to what the right answer is and what the right deal should be for a particular situation."
    - Robert Hetu
    Credit Suisse
    "Ken Eckstein is the best of the best. He is very effective at achieving his clients' goals."
    "Ken is an exceptional lawyer and it was a pleasure to work with him. I strongly recommend him."
    "Kevin Leblang is outstanding. He is smart, responsive, an excellent litigator, and gives practical advice. He is my go-to employment attorney."
    "Kevin LeBlang is an excellent attorney. He is skillful, practical, and an extremely effective litigator."
    "Mark Koestler and his team at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel have always gone above and beyond in all aspects of their work with our company. What stands out most to me is the patience and clarity shown in every exchange between our companies. Mr. Koestler is accomplished at making sure I understand all aspects of each step in the immigration process before moving ahead. He is also on top of all major immigration documentation updates and deadlines. He is invaluable to our office, as many of our employees and artistic staff pose complicated cases when it comes to acquiring Visas and keeping them current. Mr. Koestler is overall a first rate communicator and I am honored to have a chance to work with him."
    - Liza Garcia
    Mamma Mia! Broadway
    "Mark handles all of the immigration work for our company, which is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Our company comprises dozens of advertising and marketing communications companies, all of whom operate in a very fast-paced environment. We in corporate, and all the individuals in our agency systems who have dealt with Mark, think he is fabulous. Mark is the best outside lawyer we have. He is extremely knowledgeable, responsive, a pleasure to deal with, and we rely upon him unconditionally. He has provided outstanding service over a number of years and has accomplished the impossible on a number of occasions. I refer people to him routinely without reservation, but he always knows what needs further review and approval. It would never occur to us to go to anyone else for these services."
    - Marjorie Hoey
    The Interpublic Group of Companies
    "I have been working with Mark Koestler for over 10 years and can't say enough good things about him. He is a trusted advisor whom I have counted on heavily over the years for all immigration related matters. Mark's knowledge of all aspects of immigration law is exceptional. As a professional, he is both thoughtful and creative. I'm confident that when I receive advice from Mark, he has considered the full range of alternatives that may be available to me. As valuable as Mark is as an advisor, he is equally valuable when it comes to implementing his advice. He is efficient and effective with the use of his time and mine. His communication - written and verbal - are clear and concise. Mark communicates easily and clearly with me and, over the years, with an assortment of people with whom I have worked. Whether it's communicating with management (domestic and overseas) or with a visa candidate, Mark's knowledge of his subject matter and his good way with people always help matters to move along smoothly. Finally, Mark is, in addition to everything else, practical. Over the years, I cannot recall even one incident of undertaking an immigration-related matter and not achieving the desired result. "
    - Ken Pollet
    Answer Human Assets
    "Lowe has been working with Mark Koestler for many years. We've followed him from Robinson Silverman to Bryan Cave, and we currently work with him at Kramer Levin. Having worked with other immigration attorneys in the past (I've been handling our immigration cases for more than 20 years), in my opinion, Mark is preeminent in his field. He is brilliant, ethical, and possesses tremendous integrity. Mark is always reachable; if he is not available immediately, he always returns phone calls or emails in a timely manner. I am not an attorney, but throughout my years of working with Mark Koestler, I've learned so much about immigration law. He is incredibly generous about sharing his knowledge and about keeping his clients abreast of any changes in immigration law. He makes difficult cases easier and doable, but if we are faced with an impossible situation, he's very upfront and honest about it and is very explicit as to why. I have no qualms supporting Mark Koestler to be, once again, named one of the the Best Immigration Lawyers. In my opinion, he is the BEST! "
    - Jane Watson
    "I have found Mark to be the consummate professional. He is extremely helpful; he is willing to take care of any emergency, and he is always right - but with the balance of humility, honesty, integrity, and always due diligence."
    - Nina Abel
    McCann-Erickson WorldGroup
    "I have learned more about immigration law, H-1B's, and green cards in the four years I have been working with Mark than I have in my entire HR career. He is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and always available to answer my questions. He will present the facts to me in a straight forward manner, explain all options, and recommend the best solution. He should definitely be listed as one of the best lawyers in America."
    - Jane Buttrey
    Weber Shandwick
    "Mark Koestler was referred to us by our corporate attorney and we quickly established our own unique working relationship. I am not well-versed in immigration law - especially visas - but Mark breaks down complex terms which I can turn into action items. Mark has provided resources/tools so I can research on my own and learn throughout the process vs. just taking direction. He is detailed and extremely timely. I don't remember ever having to remind him or follow up on any outstanding items or upcoming deadlines; he is always one step ahead of me. He leverages his team well and he is just fun to work with - we have a great rapport! I have recommended him to other HR professionals I work with, and will continue to do so time and time again."
    - Tatiana Lashenka
    Javelin Direct
    "Mark has guided us through the intricacies of immigration law for over 15 years. He works directly with me, and with our HR people around the United States. He provides a superior level of personal service to us, and somehow manages always to be accessible by phone or e-mail. His timely responses to our emergencies have rescued us many times. He is the only person I would use for these matters in the United States."
    - Philip S. Krieger
    DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc.
    "Having worked with Kramer Levin and Mark Koestler specifically for the past five-plus years, I find them to be experts in their field. Mark has consistently demonstrated strong dedication to our Agency, and I consider him to be a true business partner. The fact that he is always accessible, patient, pragmatic, and thorough (not to mention quite personable and even funny) makes him such an absolute pleasure to work with. The commitment and high standard of service we have received from him has been invaluable. "
    - Danna Gleich
    "My organization has been a client of Mr. Koestler's for several years because of his excellent service and capability. Mr. Koestler has a superior communication style with clients. He will give you the critical information and action plan in an explanatory manner that does not confuse or condescend. He is extremely responsive to client needs and quickly adapts to the changing immigration situations within our organization. I have the utmost confidence in his ability and enjoy working with him and his staff."
    - Carol Pearson
    Louis Vuitton North America, Inc.
    "Comments from HR personnel who work with Mark are as follows: "Mark is a very professional and well-respected immigration attorney. He is extremely responsive. Whenever I phone or e-mail him, he responds within a very short period of time. His preparation of documents is very thorough and complete, leaving very little chance for misunderstandings. I am very pleased that I have had the opportunity to work with Mark." We have had tremendous success with Mark. I rank him certainly as one of our top external legal counsel. He provides excellent service, at a surprisingly reasonable fee. "
    - Tambra Curtis
    Stora Enso
    "Mark is the consummate professional; I know I can always count on him for timely, detailed and expert advice. He's a pleasure to work with."
    "My role has given me the opportunity to work with different lawyers across North America, Europe, and Asia. Mark is by far the best lawyer. He has a very good knowledge of the Immigration Law and the ability to teach it effectively. One of the things that make Mark a great lawyer is that he always responds to my e-mails and phone queries in a very timely manner. His excellent understanding of our unique business model and products has given him the ability to provide us with the highest quality of service. The fact that all his visa and green card cases have been approved testifies to the fact that Mark is an outstanding immigration lawyer. As far as I am concerned, however, Mark's most important attribute is his very high ethical standard."
    "Mr. Dunn is an excellent immigration lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and professional. It's a great pleasure working with him."
    - Leslie Liu
    "Matthew Dunn is a responsive, passionate, and knowledgeable attorney. His creativity and ability to analyze a situation and provide comprehensive solutions to difficult cases has had a profound impact on several of our cases. He is an expert in his area and anyone would enjoy working with him. Most important, when handling time sensitive matters, he is easily accessible and understanding."
    "Mr. Dunn always provides a very wise and practical approach to dealing with various legal issues that are presented to him. Most importantly, he is always timely, personable, and pleasant in his responses despite the fast and furious requests that come his way. His vast knowledge in the area of immigration law has been an extreme benefit to both me and the Company."
    "Mr. Michael Dell is an excellent attorney who is mindful of his client's objectives and goals, and does his utmost best to achieve those goals and objectives. While some attorneys have been slow in appreciating the nuances of my client/employer/s business, Mr. Dell quickly understood the nuances and employed strategies to address them."
    - Steven Tolliver
    Aetna U.S. Healthcare
    "Michael Dell is a first-rate litigator, who handles complex cases with ease. He specializes in ERISA litigation, which makes him an extremely valuable asset in most ERISA litigation which, by its nature, is complex. Michael is supported by a strong litigation practice, which makes him an excellent choice to serve as a lead in a tough case."
    "He is more than a technically proficient lawyer. He also has a thorough understanding of our business needs and his advice over the years has effectively addressed our larger business concerns."
    "Neil Tucker is a true real estate attorney who can handle any type of transactional matter from a huge lease to a complex financing. He is very responsive and easy to work with. Also, Neil can be appropriately assertive when necessary. He's the total package for a transactional real estate attorney."
    - Rich Leber
    New York Life Insurance Company
    "Neil is very easy to work with. He is a knowledgeable attorney and works hard to keep his clients happy."
    "Nicholas Coch is at the top of his game. He has a thorough understanding of his field. He is adaptable, responsive, and dependable."
    "Paul Selver is extremely knowledgeable and highly responsive. He works closely and well with New York City and State agencies. I would recommend him without reservation for any New York City land use issue."
    - Michael Field
    Washington Square Properties LLC
    "Paul Selver is an outstanding professional in his field. His knowledge and effectiveness have often made the difference in our ability to move a project to a successful conclusion. He is an essential member of our development team."
    - Allen Goldman
    SJP Residential Properties
    "Paul Selver represents the best in his field. His knowledge of complex Land Use matters and his understanding of practical land use issues set him apart from the rest."
    "Paul Selver is a superb zoning expert."
    "Mr. Selver and his team at Kramer Levin are superb and secured a number of difficult and significant governmental approvals for us recently."
    "Paul Ritter is an outstanding attorney and an expert in his field. He is an accomplished negotiator and a pleasure to work with."
    "Randy and his team are a pleasure to work with, not only because they are so knowledgeable about their areas but also because they are incredibly responsive. They understand their clients' businesses and unique needs and histories, and they make the very complicated world of patents understandable. That last attribute is extremely important for those of us who are not well-versed in patent language and procedures. Randy makes it possible for us to advise our clients knowledgeably."
    "I work closely with Ted Ruthizer and am consistently impressed with his expertise and accessibility. In other firms, it is difficult to speak directly with a partner, but Ted is very accessible. It is clear that he is not only an expert on immigration law, but also that he cares deeply about providing the best possible solutions for his clients. I know my cases are in good hands with Ted, and I highly recommend him for all immigration matters."
    - Theresa Halasz
    The McGraw-Hill Companies
    "Alan is an exceptionally able lawyer. He is knowledgeable, responsive, and a paragon of civility."
    "Alan Friedman is a first-rate lawyer. He is careful, thorough, and very smart. You are in good hands with him on any complex matter."
    "Carl Frischling is a most effective counselor on all matters that our board deals with, at all times. He has represented our board as counsel to the Independent Directors for almost a decade."
    - Michael Nugent
    Morgan Stanley Funds
    "I have worked with Carl for over 25 years and found him to be excellent to work with."

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    Main Location

    1177 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10036
    Phone: 212-715-9100
    3 offices in 2 countries


    Managing Partner


    Financial Services Group
    212-715-7520 / 212-715-7510
    Accountants' Liability
    212-715-9234 / 212-715-9129
    Business Immigration
    212-715-9421 / 212-715-9385
    Capital Markets/Finance
    212-715-9265 / 212-715-9429 /
    Corporate Governance/Board Committee Representations
    212-715-9358 / 212-715-9429
    Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy
    212-715-9229 / 212-715-9169
    Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Privacy
    Electronic Discovery
    212-715-7816 / 212-715-9247
    Employee Benefits
    Employment Law
    Individual Client Group
    212-715-9327 / 212-715-9245
    Intellectual Property
    212-715-7576 / 212-715-9488
    Land Use
    212-715-9199 / 212-715-7838
    Mergers and Acquisitions/Joint Ventures
    212-715-9429 / 212-715-9267
    Private Equity and Hedge Funds
    212-715-9186 / 212-715-9267
    Real Estate
    212-715-9290 / 212-715-9155
    Securities and Shareholder Litigation
    212-715-9253 / 212-715-7560
    212-715-9460 / 212-715-9458
    Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    White Collar Defense
    212-715-9253 / 212-715-7560


    Partners: 109
    Associates: 230
    Other Lawyers: 36

    Practice Areas

    Advertising Law
    Appellate Practice
    Banking and Finance Law
    Banking Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Corporate Law
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    Cybersecurity, Data Protection and Privacy
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Environmental Law
    European Union Law
    Finance Law
    Immigration Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
    Litigation - Patent
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
    Litigation - Securities
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax
    Mutual Funds Law
    Patent Law
    Real Estate Law
    Regulatory Practice
    Tax Law
    Trademark Law
    Trusts and Estates
    Unmanned Aircraft Systems