Sam Caspersen

Founding Partner


(212) 880-2045


Harvard Law School
London School of Economics Brown University

Bar Admissions
New York

Past Employment
Sullivan & Cromwell, Investigative Counsel Gerson Lehrman Group, Senior Vice President 9/11 Commission (National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon United States)

A founding partner of Kagen, Caspersen & Bogart, Sam provides outsourced general counsel, strategic, and fiduciary counsel to clients, including privately held companies, family offices, trusts, estates, and private equity firms.

Sam’s legal counsel and fiduciary services for family offices are informed by his ongoing experience as a principal and the president of a single family office, through which he has managed over 25 entities (trusts, partnerships, LLCs, S Corps, C corps, and private foundations). Sam currently serves as trustee of seven trusts. Sam’s family office has an approximately 30% allocation to private investments (primarily as a limited partner).

Many of Sam’s engagements have focused on guiding clients through acute strategic challenges with both legal and business elements.

Sam previously practiced at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, which he left to serve as investigative counsel to the 9/11 Commission. After his service on the commission, he joined a consulting firm where he conducted emerging market due diligence on behalf of private equity clients. Sam is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Brown University.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a privately held company involved in offensive and defensive litigation against its former president and one of its original sponsors.

  • Negotiated the dissolution of a private equity firm on behalf of one of its partners.

  • Counseled a beneficiary of a trust involved in a $100 million fiduciary litigation concerning failed private investments.

  • Achieved a materially higher buy-out price of a one-third interest of a privately held company with significant corporate governance issues.

  • Conducted an internal investigation in five countries on behalf of a client involved in an international tax controversy and then negotiating directly with IRS’ Criminal Investigative Division. Ultimately, the client received a refund from IRS.

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