We are creators, supporters, protectors and connectors.
We see the world beyond law.
"Pryor Cashman is people. Dedicated people. Collegial people. Bright people. Exceptional people. People of many different backgrounds and many different personalities. This is the way it has been since 1963 and this is the way it is today. Working together, we have created a great law firm, a source of pride to all of us - characterized always by a spirit of cooperation and kinship.
For me personally, it is that continuing personality of the firm that has made coming to work for 50 years a privilege and a great delight."
- Gideon Cashman, Chairman
We actively nurture early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs from the start of their new ventures - advising them on entity formation, structuring, and acquiring rights to core technologies. When the time comes, we relish in connecting our clients with potential funding sources such as angel investors, institutional investors, and corporate venture arms. We shepherd them through business life-cycle, ensuring their critical innovations are protected, and help them secure the best minds and talent to advance the growth and success of their enterprises.
Pryor Cashman supports local investor groups and hosts training and coaching programs for aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly in life sciences, healthcare and technology, helping to build a platform for entrepreneurship and venture creation in New York City.
Knowledgeable and attentive, our award-winning Family Law Group offers clarity and stability in times of family crisis. We leverage our settlement and negotiation acumen, as well as extensive trial and appellate court experience, to serve as problem solvers to our clients when they need it most.
The Family Law Group includes some of New York City’s most prominent matrimonial attorneys. We are tireless advocates, combining compassion with the strong, steady counsel our clients can depend on throughout the legal process.
- Judith Poller, Partner, Family Law Group
From Day One and Beyond
"What sets the firm apart is the value they bring beyond the transactions. The attorneys are forthcoming and generous with business advice, and we feel that because our company has really “grown up” with Pryor Cashman, they have a vested interest in the success and future of our business. That is important to us."
- Sei Hoon Lenny Chu, Founder/CEO, Lenny's/Lenwich. Client since 1991.
Counsel to many of the real estate industry's key players, we are involved in some of the largest, most significant deals in New York City and across the country.
Our nationally-recognized Real Estate Group has negotiated leases for hundreds of properties, including multimillion-square-foot office buildings and prime retail properties, as well as luxury residential, multifamily and multi-use developments. In the financing arena, we close well over $1 billion in transactions each year.
Additionally, in representing purchasers and sellers of more than 1,000 multifamily properties in the New York area, we've gained unique insight into the nuances of buying and selling large multifamily buildings, enabling us to provide innovative, cost-effective counsel in complex deal scenarios.
"Not only does Pryor Cashman have a platform which enables attorneys to deliver quality and true value to our clients, but it has people with a warmth and generosity of spirit which makes even the most recent lateral attorney feel as though they have spent their entire career here. With a constantly expanding roster of practice areas, clients quickly realize that they are being taken care of by a full-service firm, with the emphasis being on the concept of service. This is a firm which above all sincerely values its relationships."
- Ali Panjwani, Partner, Corporate Group
The Best of Both Worlds
"Pryor Cashman is the perfect mix -- of a sufficient size to have all desirable resources available while also having a 'boutique' feel that ensures personal service, and a focus on getting the legal work done efficiently and effectively."
- Bruce Friedman, Chairman/CEO, Pacific Merchant Capital
Pryor Cashman offers clients comprehensive guidance on all aspects of cross-border transactions, business operations and management. We counsel clients as they secure capital, grow their businesses across national boundaries and enter global markets.
Many of our lawyers speak our clients’ native languages, some studied law abroad and are admitted to practice abroad, and others lived or worked abroad. This enables us to anticipate, identify and overcome cultural differences and communication obstacles that can impact how smoothly and efficiently deals are negotiated and disputes resolved.
Our Intellectual Property Litigation practice has won seminal trademark and copyright cases on behalf of our clients, including media giants, celebrities and major corporations such as EMI Music Publishing, Lion's Gate Entertainment, Lady Gaga, Richemont and Honda. Our work has also helped set new precedent for addressing conflicts between IP rights and the First Amendment.
Similarly, our Digital Media Group has been instrumental in establishing the scope of liability in cases involving the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content via new digital platforms.
An Equal Opportunity to Excel
Pryor Cashman’s objective has always been to nurture an environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and excel.
Our attorneys and staff are recruited, retained and promoted regardless of their race, color, disability, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition or disability, or any other protected status under federal, state or local law.
We recognize that the firm benefits enormously from the rich diversity of our people, and to ensure that we continue to attract a balanced mix of talented individuals, we have developed numerous initiatives, including:
A Passion for Business
"Taking the time to delve into a client’s business and industry is essential for any lawyer to successfully advocate on behalf of a client. We are fortunate to be located in New York City, a vibrant intersection of the finance, entertainment, media, technology and culinary worlds, and there is no doubt that our team here reflects wide-ranging experience in these industries. It is exciting to be a part of a team of lawyers who are so invested in and passionate about our clients’ businesses."
- Michelle Pham, Associate, Corporate Group
We support our attorneys in stepping up for leadership roles in charitable, cultural and civic organizations in their own communities and in those communities with the greatest need for volunteer and pro bono legal services. We are a proud member of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, which refers pro bono matters to our attorneys in diverse practice areas, including both litigation and non-litigation matters.
We were recently recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 11 different practice areas by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. This marks the firm’s sixth and most successful year of “Best Law Firms” distinctions.
The firm received a National Tier 1 ranking in the Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television category, the Venture Capital Law category, and the Immigration Law category, which advances the Immigration Group up from last year’s National Tier 2 placement. The firm also received national level recognition in the Real Estate Law and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law categories.
"We have grown steadily over the years, adding new lawyers and creating new practice areas. During that time, we have always stayed true to our most core values – to strive to be the best, not the biggest firm; to foster a culture that respects individuality and encourages innovation; and to practice with sound judgment and common sense."
- Ron Shechtman, Managing Partner
A Trusted Resource for FinTech News
Bitcoin is fast becoming an internet phenomenon. The virtual currency is used in tens of thousands of transactions every day to pay for a host of goods and services ranging from luxury automobiles to pizza delivery. Pryor Cashman attorneys are on the forefront of this uncharted intersection of finance and law, and are sought-after thought leaders on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as well as peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding and the prepaid card industry.
Learn more about this developing area in our FinTech blog.
"Pryor Cashman is among a handful of firms that is actively engaged in and helping to shape the emerging marketplace for digital currency."
- Brian Stoeckert, Managing Director, Stratis Advisory
"I could not have chosen a better place to start my career than Pryor Cashman. Even as a summer associate, I was doing real work for real cases and felt like I was contributing to the team. In my first year, I drafted pleadings and briefs, attended hearings and helped prepare witnesses for deposition. I've worked directly with partners on a variety of cases ranging from libel to copyright and trademark infringement to breach of contract. Not only is Pryor Cashman a great place to learn and grow as a young lawyer, it truly is a law firm with a collegial atmosphere. There is a real sense that everyone here wants to see you become a successful attorney and that they also care about you as a person."
- Vanessa Costantini, Summer Associate 2013. Joined the firm as a full-time associate in 2014.