Top Kasowitz Partner is Joining Kirkland & Ellis

Sept. 5, 2017, 8:04 PM

After 24 years with Kasowitz Benson Torres, Aaron Marks is parting ways for a global platform.

Marks, whose clients have included AMC Networks and luxury fashion brand Coach, will join Kirkland & Ellis next Monday, he told Big Law Business.

He joins with fellow Kasowitz partner Joshua Greenblatt, who had been with the firm since 2007, ever since joining from Cahill, Gordon & Reindell.

Both Marks and Greenblatt are based in New York.

“We appreciate Aaron and Josh’s contributions to the firm and wish them well,” wrote Emily Thall, a spokesperson for Kasowitz, in an email.

In an interview, Marks said he has worked with Kirkland as co-counsel on cases and the firm’s “global platform” and “full spectrum of services with world class practitioners” was highly attractive.

He also pointed to the firm’s robust representation of private equity firms.

Kirkland has poached partners from Simpson Thacher and others to beef up its private equity practice under firm chair and corporate attorney Jeffrey Hammes over the past decade. Its clients have included The Blackstone Group, KKR & Co. and Bain Capital.

“Both Josh and I... have represented a number of private equity firms and their portfolio companies,” said Marks, although he didn’t name any clients.

According to an archived version of his firm biography, Marks had represented Apollo Management and its portfolio company, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, in litigation arising from Hexion’s proposed $15 billion merger with Huntsman Chemicals.

Marks is the latest exit at Kasowitz, which has seen some exits after President Donald Trump retained its founder, Marc Kasowitz, as his personal lawyer to handle legal issues arising from Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In July, Pro Publica published a report that showed Kasowitzsending profanity-laced emails to a stranger who requested Kasowitz to resign following an earlier Pro Publica report that Kasowitz lacked security clearance necessary to access classified material .

Since then, Charles Miller, a partner who practiced at Kasowitz for 11 years, joined Tarter Krinsky & Drogin.

Before that, in May, Christopher Johnson and Zachary Mazin left to join McKool Smith.

Asked whether Kasowitz’s representation of President Trump and resulting Pro Publica coverage related to Marks and Greenblatt’s departures, Marks said: “We’re not going to comment on that.”

The New York Law Journal earlier reported Marks’ hire at Kirkland.

Write to the reporter at csullivan@bloomberglaw.com.

Write to the editor at nmacaluso@bna.com.

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