Managing Partners: David Boies, Jonathan D Schiller, Donald L Flexner
Number of partners: 112
Number of other lawyers: 170
Boies, Schiller & Flexner is the firm that some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated organizations turn to when the results matter most. Founded in 1997 by David Boies and Jonathan Schiller, it is known as a litigation powerhouse, regularly serving as lead counsel in complex, high-profile, and cross-border matters. Based in New York City, it has over 280 lawyers, most of them litigators, in offices strategically located throughout the United States and in London. In addition, the firm has a successful corporate practice.
Main Areas of Practice:
Boies, Schiller & Flexner has conducted hundreds of trials in the 18 years since it was founded and has established a world-class reputation for complex commercial litigation. Its lawyers represent clients in litigation, regulatory proceedings and international arbitration around the globe. The firm has particular expertise in antitrust, banking, financial services and financial products, intellectual property, insurance, and investigations. The firm also has one of the most selective and entrepreneurial US class action practices, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of issues. David Boies is known for leading the government’s antitrust case against Microsoft, for representing Vice President Al Gore at the US Supreme Court in Bush v Gore, and as a leader in the battle for marriage equality. Jonathan Schiller is known for representing Goldman Sachs and Barclays in the wake of the financial crisis; Donald Flexner for American Express; and William Isaacson for antitrust class action trials, both for plaintiffs and for defendants.
Banking & Financial Services:
The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of Boies, Schiller & Flexner client Barclays PLC over the purchase of Lehman’s broker dealer unit in September 2008, denying an effort to recover the $11 billion purchase price The firm secured a multi-billion cash and securities settlement for Barclays in December 2008, and is defending Barclays in ongoing litigation and regulatory matters surrounding the interest rate benchmark Libor As co-lead counsel, the firm reached a proposed settlement for $50 to $80 million for a class of investors in Fairfield Greenwich Group, the largest Madoff “feeder fund”
Boies, Schiller & Flexner won a jury verdict for Apple in a class action seeking $350 million in damages in 2014 The firm was co-lead trial counsel in O’Bannon v. NCAA, winning a jury verdict that eliminated rules preventing college athletes from being compensated The firm won a defense verdict in a nationwide class action brought against American Express regarding its travel insurance programs for cardmembers The firm won a $54.1 million jury verdict (over $150 million after trebling) in a case brought on behalf of consumers against Chinese corporate defendants for fixing the prices of Vitamin C. The firm also obtained $33 million in settlements
The firm won a jury verdict for Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg, former Chairman and CEO of American International Group Inc. and CEO of the CV Starr companies, in a $4.3 billion action brought by AIG
Boies, Schiller & Flexner successfully represented Silicon Valley consumer healthcare company Theranos in a dispute over its blood test technology. Defendants dropped their own patent claims after just two days of trial in 2014 The firm led a trial team that secured a $1.3 billion jury verdict in the Northern District of California for Oracle in copyright infringement litigation against SAP, the largest verdict of any kind in 2010 In 2012, Boies, Schiller & Flexner successfully argued in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that the work of appropriation artist Richard Prince was protected under “fair use,” saving it from destruction under a lower-court ruling
The firm in 2014 successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court to preserve the “fraud-on-the-market” theory, which has underpinned most Securities class actions of the past quarter century The firm won a landmark ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Perry v Brown, the historic same-sex marriage civil rights case. The US Supreme Court upheld the ruling in 2013
The firm represents corporate clients and financial institutions in significant merger and acquisition, joint venture, commercial banking, securities, venture capital, and private investment fund transactions, including by defending transactions before state and federal agencies. The firm’s corporate group has a proven record in representing clients in significant cross-border transactions.
Boies, Schiller & Flexner’s office in London under Natasha Harrison serves financial institutions and other clients in the UK and Europe who face increasing cross-border government scrutiny In 2014, the firm hired Wendy Miles to head its international arbitration practice The firm’s international Arbitration Practice includes ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, AAA, NASD and ad hoc arbitration
Altria, American Express, Barclays, BNP Paribas, CBS Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Delta Air Lines, Fresh Del Monte Produce, Florida Power & Light, Fujitsu America, Goldman Sachs, HSBC America, NASCAR, New York Life Insurance Company, Nike, Oracle, Pfizer, Philip Morris International, Richard Prince, Sony Corporation, Starr International Company, The New York Yankees, Theranos, Tudor Investment, and ZurichCapital.
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