Boies, Schiller & Flexner
575 Lexington Avenue|
New York City
|No. of offices||10|
|No. of attorneys||240|
|Major practice areas||Litigation|
|Key people||David Boies (Chairman), Jonathan D. Schiller, & Donald L. Flexner|
|Date founded||May 1997|
|Founder||David Boies, Jonathan D. Schiller|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Boies, Schiller & Flexner L.L.P. is an American law firm founded by David Boies and Jonathan D. Schiller in 1997. In 1999, the founders were joined by Donald L. Flexner, former partner with Crowell & Moring, becoming Boies, Schiller & Flexner.
The firm has become known for its involvement in high-profile litigation, having represented the Department of Justice in the antitrust action United States v. Microsoft, as well as Vice President Gore in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore. More recently, Boies successfully challenged the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 in Perry v. Brown, and represented the National Football League in the antitrust litigation initiated by the players' union. The firm drew controversy for its representation of Harvey Weinstein amidst sexual abuse allegations.
Boies Schiller "dominates" Vault's litigation practice area rankings. It is listed number two for class actions, and holds top ten rankings in Antitrust Litigation, Appellate Litigation, Products Liability, and General Commercial Litigation. It also has top twenty rankings in White Collar Defense, Securities Litigation, and Labor & Employment. Chambers and Partners ranked the firm in band 3 nationwide, band 2 in New York and band 2 in Florida for their antitrust practice.
In 2010, The American Lawyer's national top 100 firms ranked Boies Schiller fourth in profits per partner, third in revenue per lawyer, and in 2009, the firm was ranked at 89 in gross revenue.
Boies Schiller hires few associates, generally accepting only the top ten percent of students at the top ten law schools. It is known for its generous and unusual compensation structure, through which associates are paid as equity partners, leading to year-end bonuses as high as $350,000.
Among other high-profile clients, Boies Schiller has long represented film producer Harvey Weinstein, against whom sexual abuse allegations were levied in October 2017. The New Yorker reported in November 2017 that Boies Schiller had, on Weinstein's behalf, directed private intelligence companies to spy on alleged victims of Weinstein's and on reporters who were investigating Weinstein's actions. The New York Times, which was at the same time a target of the reported espionage and a client of Boies Schiller's, considered this "intolerable conduct". The New York Times announced a few days later it had “terminated its relationship” with Boies' firm.
Boies Schiller, and specifically David Boies himself, also notably represented Theranos as it defended itself against various fraud and whistleblower claims, which were later confirmed to be true. Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes and COO Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani were hit with criminal charges from Federal prosecutors in June 2018. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, a best-selling non-fiction account of the events written by John Carreyrou, an investigative journalist from The Wall Street Journal, was highly critical of the aggressive actions of Boies Schiller attorneys.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Boies Schiller was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $1.92 million, 90% to Democrats. By comparison, during that same period Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld donated $2.56 million, 66% to Democrats, while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans. Since 2000, Boies Schiller has contributed $5.5 million to federal campaigns.
Notable lawyers and alumni
- David Boies, Chairman], is a former partner.
- Ann O'Leary, Partner, former co-executive director of the Clinton-Kaine Transition Team.
- Stephen N. Zack, Administrative Partner, President of the American Bar Association, 2010-2011.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel, former associate, writer, journalist.
- Hampton Dellinger, counsel, former North Carolina Deputy Attorney General.
- Tanya S. Chutkan, United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, is a former partner of the firm's Washington, D.C. office.
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- Rebecca Shapiro. Nov. 11, 2017. “New York Times Fires David Boies’ Law Firm Over ‘Reprehensible’ Work For Weinstein” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-york-times-fires-law-firm-david-boies-harvey-weinstein_us_5a02711ee4b04e96f0c64720
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- Boies Schiller Flexner biography