Boies, Schiller & Flexner
|Headquarters||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, they were joined by Donald L. Flexner, former partner with Crowell & Moring. In 2002, a 27-lawyer firm, located in Miami, named Zack Kosnitzky, merged into the New York firm Boies Schiller & Flexner.
The firm has had a number of major clients, and tried numerous cases that are familiar to law students and the public at large. One of the firm's first cases was representing a software manufacturer in the antitrust action United States v. Microsoft. A few years after that, Boies and his firm were facing off with veteran litigator Ted Olson in the Supreme Court, in Bush v. Gore.
The firm focuses on litigation, but has wider coverage. Though it has a number of attorneys who are specialists, first and foremost every attorney is a litigator, and the firm has taken on prominent cases, including working alongside previous opponent Ted Olson in challenging California's Proposition 8 in Perry v. Brown.
On March 12, 2011, the National Football League announced that it hired David Boies and Paul Clement, head of law firm King & Spalding's appellate practice and former United States Solicitor General who will work with outside counsel Gregg Levy of Covington & Burling in representing the league in the antitrust litigation initiated by the players' union.
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, 66% to Democrats, while oil conglomerate ExxonMobil donated $2.66 million, 88% to Republicans. Since 2000, Boies Schiller contributed $5.5 million to federal campaigns.
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. Chambers and Partners ranked the firm in band 3 nationwide, band 2 in New York and band 2 in Florida for their antitrust practice. Vault.com ranks the firm number 1 in Associate Compensation.
Notable lawyers and alumni
- David Boies, Chairman
- Jonathan D. Schiller, Managing Partner.
- Donald L. Flexner, Managing Partner.
- Christopher A. Boies, Partner, and head of the Firm's Corporate practice.
- George F. Carpinello, Partner.
- Richard A. Feinstein, Partner, and former Director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission.
- Kirsten Gillibrand, the Junior United States Senator for New York, is a former partner.
- Stephen N. Zack, Administrative Partner, President of the American Bar Association, 2010-2011.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel, former associate, writer, journalist.
- Andrew Michaelson, Partner, one of the lead attorneys in the prosecution of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam.
- Hampton Dellinger, counsel, former North Carolina Deputy Attorney General.
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- "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics.
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- "The Am Law 100 2010 - The American Lawyer". Law.com. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
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- Boies Schiller Flexner biography
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