KM&M was founded in
1972 by lawyers Jerry
Kauff and David Dretzin.
KM&M was founded in 1972 by young, eager, yet experienced labor lawyers Jerry Kauff and David Dretzin, whose dream was to build a firm exclusively devoted to labor and employment law — a firm large enough to service major businesses and not-for-profit institutions, but not so large as to sacrifice personal, professional service.
Recognizing that it was not beginning as a “name brand” 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 became and remains our business.
Experience in complex
and high-profile labor-
In 1981, Ray McGuire joined the Firm, 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’s client base substantially increased and it outgrew 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 that Jerry developed in the early days has remained the Firm’s hallmark: the highest quality work coupled with a passionate, personal commitment to its clients.