Boston University School of Law

June 6, 2008

Richard Godfrey ('79)
Jay Kasner ('80)

American Lawyer Magazine honors Richard Godfrey ('79) and Jay Kasner ('80)

It’s not uncommon for American Lawyer Magazine to highlight the best in the field.  This is why it comes as no surprise that several BU Law alumni have found their way into the nationally distributed magazine’s features.  Recently, Richard Godfrey ('79) and Jay Kasner (’80) were noted in the magazine for their firms’ high rankings. 

Kirkland and Ellis LLP, where Richard Godfrey is a litigation partner, won American Lawyer’s 2007 title of “Litigation Department of the Year.” According to the article, what sets this firm above the rest “is the number of high-stakes, high-impact trials its lawyers have won since the start of 2006.”  This includes some of Godfrey’s own undertakings, including convincing “a federal court judge to approve a settlement between client General Motors Corporation and the United Auto Workers that is expected to reduce GM's retirement health care costs by more than $15 billion,” according to the magazine. 

Godfrey may have his hands full with his high profile cases, but he continues to give back to the School.  He is a trustee at Boston University and a member of the Board of Visitors at BU Law.  In 1998, he received the Silver Shingle Alumni Award, BU Law’s highest honor to alumni, for Distinguished Service to the Law School.

Jay Kasner is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which was one of American Lawyer’s top five finalists for the 2007 “Litigation Department of the Year.”  Another huge name in litigation matters, Skadden is a “one-stop shop for corporations in need," Kasner said in the article. One of the firm's high-status cases was its representation of Merrill Lynch & Co.  “In 2002 a stockbroker sued Merrill Lynch under Oklahoma law, claiming that the brokerage had issued fraudulent research reports that caused the stockbroker to suffer losses. Skadden partners Kasner and Musoff handled the case from its beginning to its end in 2006, when, after Kasner's oral argument, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that so-called holder plaintiffs—who owned but did not buy or sell stock—can no longer bring state securities class action suits,” according to American Lawyer.  Powerhouse litigator Kasner showed promise for his talents even during his time at BU Law, where he graduated cum laude and was editor of the Boston University Law Review.

Reported by Elizabeth Ress