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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.