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Kasowitz Benson Poaches Two Partners, Sets Them Up in New LA Office
Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman opened their third California office Monday, run by two new hires who also officially began the same day, Jerold Oshinsky and Linda Kornfeld. The two partners were swiped from Jenner & Block, who seem rather open and magnanimous about the loss, and between them and Kasowitz’s incumbent managing partner Robin Cohen, the three have a lot of history. The three worked at Dickstein Shapiro before each leaving between 2008 and 2011.
Cohen and Kornfeld shared ideals while managing New York and Los Angeles offices for Dickstein, as proponents of gender diversity, co-writing a paper in 2005 entitled “Women Leaders and the Bottom Line” that argues for female promotions to incite financial boosts, as Reuters reported. They hope to persist in this line of thought at Kasowitz.
Kornfeld, 47, is the managing partner at the new office with Oshinsky, 70, at her side, and a third partner is working with them. Kornfeld has mentioned the possibility of hiring up to ten partners.
Losing Kornfeld and Oshinsky has not troubled Jenner too much, who issued a statement claiming “Jerry and Linda have made many contributions to the firm in their short tenure with us,” and wishing them well.
Marc Kasowitz, meanwhile, eagerly celebrated getting Oshinsky: “When you have the opportunity to get someone like Jerry Oshinsky, that window opens once in many, many years and you have to step through it. It’s not just a question of having great practitioners – these are people we knew as people.”
The pair is initiating their practice by representing Pennsylvania State University regarding charges over whether Jerry Sandusky’s sexual molestation of boys was known by the school and therefore is something the school is responsible for. They intend to settle claims of individual civil lawsuits by victims against the school. Claims against them will aim to prove that Sandusky’s conduct was deliberately overlooked.