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Kauff McGuire & Margolis LLP

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Your Workplace, Our Work:

Founded over 45 years ago, KM&M represents businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to start-ups, to mom-and-pop shops with respect to all labor, employment, and immigration matters. Combining large-firm expertise and quality with boutique firm flexibility and personalized service is a hallmark of KM&M’s service to its clients.

We Handle All Facets of Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law:

Successfully navigating the range of legal issues and practical difficulties relating to the workplace has become vitally important to the ultimate success of every American business. KM&M specializes in management-side labor, employment, and immigration law, providing our clients with an unmatched depth and range of service within these areas of the law.

Our Clients:

KM&M's clients recognize that it takes a specialist to ensure that they are compliant with the myriad federal, state, and city laws and regulations that govern the workplace. They also know that this is what we do - exclusively. That's why clients who tend to use full-service law firms for most of their legal work retain KM&M as their labor, employment, and immigration lawyers. We want our clients to be free to focus on their business, so we make it our business to handle all workplace-related matters for them.

 

History of the Firm:

KM&M was founded in 1972 by experienced labor lawyers Jerry Kauff and David Dretzin, who wanted to build a firm exclusively devoted to labor and employment law -- a firm large enough to service major businesses, but not so large as to sacrifice personal, professional service.

Recognizing that it was not a "name brand" institution like many of the large firms with which it would compete, KM&M set about to distinguish itself through its entrepreneurial energy, unflagging devotion to its clients' interests and unmatched work product. As a small business struggling for recognition and respect, KM&M understood the business needs and concerns of its clients. For KM&M, our clients' business was and remains our business.

Ray McGuire joined the Firm in 1981, bringing with him a wealth of experience in complex employment litigation and high-profile labor-management relations. Ken Margolis, already a seasoned labor and employment lawyer, joined the Firm in 1985. By 1987 KM&M had outgrown its original Upper East Side townhouse offices, and  moved to larger offices in Midtown Manhattan. In November 2017, KM&M expanded its range of workplace-related legal services by adding the renowned Immigration Practice Group headed by Donald Wolfson. While much has changed, the philosophy Jerry developed in the early days has remained the Firm's hallmark: quality work and a passionate, personal commitment to our clients.

Clients

  • @radical media
  • A&E Television Networks (A&E, Lifetime, History, Bio, Crime & Investigation)
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Altice USA
  • AMC Networks (AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE, IFC Films)
  • American Ballet Theatre
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Association of Contracting Plumbers
  • Atlas Media
  • Barnes & Noble
  • BBC Worldwide Americas
  • Black Entertainment Television (BET)
  • Bluestone Lane
  • Broadway Video
  • Cardinal McCloskey Community Services
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Cauldwell Wingate Company
  • Charter Communications, Inc. (Spectrum)
  • Comcast Entertainment Productions
  • CommonBond, Inc.
  • Conaco
  • Conde Nast
  • Connecticut Public Broadcasting
  • Contractors’ Association of Greater New York
  • Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
  • Discovery Communications
  • Electus
  • EQT Partners Inc.
  • EuropaCorp
  • Funny or Die
  • Gilt Groupe
  • God's Love We Deliver
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Grace Industries LLC
  • Human Rights First
  • Hunter Roberts Construction
  • Industry and Local 338 Pension and Welfare Funds
  • Insulation Contractors' Association
  • InterActiveCorporation (IAC)
  • ITV America (High Noon Entertainment, ITV Studios, Leftfield Entertainment, Loud TV, Sirens Media)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • Kalikow Construction
  • KCETLink
  • Left/Right Productions
  • Leftfield Pictures
  • Lend Lease (US) Construction LMB
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Lion Television
  • Lithographic Industry Pension and Sickness & Accident Funds of Local One, ALA
  • Local 14-14B Welfare, Pension, Annuity, and Training Funds
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC
  • Madison Square Garden
  • McAllister Towing & Transportation
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • National Public Television
  • NBCUniversal
  • New York City Center
  • New York Cruise Lines
  • New York Public Radio
  • New York State Supreme Court Officers Association
  • New York Yankees
  • Newspaper and Mail Delivers'-Publishers' Funds
  • NHL Enterprises
  • NPR (National Public Radio)
  • Pace University
  • Participant Media
  • PBS
  • PeopleFluent, Inc.
  • Phillips
  • Plaza Construction Corp.
  • Plumbers Local Union No. 1 Welfare, 401k Savings Plan, Vacation & Holiday, and ASB Funds
  • ProPublica
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Red Bull Media House North America
  • Revlon, Inc.
  • Sesame Workshop
  • Sharp Entertainment
  • Silver Lake Partners
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Statue Cruises
  • Sterling Mets
  • Talking Points Memo
  • The Harry Fox Agency
  • The Lightstone Group
  • The New York City District Council of Carpenters Benefit Funds
  • Thirteen/WNET New York/New Jersey Public Television
  • Truly Original
  • Turner Entertainment Networks
  • UDR
  • Universal Orlando
  • Univision Communications
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Viacom Media Networks (MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, TV Land, Spike, CMT, LOGO, Nick Jr., TeenNick)
  • Vivendi Holdings
  • WETA Washington Public Television
  • WGBH Boston Public Television
  • World Yacht
 

About Our Clients

KM&M's clients recognize that it takes a specialist to ensure that they are compliant with the myriad federal, state, and city laws and regulations that govern the workplace. They also know that this is what we do - exclusively. That's why clients who tend to use full-service law firms for most of their legal work retain KM&M as their labor, employment, and immigration lawyers. We want our clients to be free to focus on their business, so we make it our business to handle all workplace-related matters for them.

Contacts

Jim Cunningham
Chief Operating Officer
212-909-0737

Firm Practice Areas

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Immigration Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

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New York, NY 10022

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Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles, CA 90067

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