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Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Firm Profile

New York

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  • 575 Lexington Avenue
  • 7th Floor
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10022

Firm profile submitted by Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Managing Partners: David Boies, Jonathan D Schiller, Donald L Flexner
Number of partners: 139
Number of other lawyers: 171

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 310 lawyers in offices strategically located throughout the United States and in London.

Boies Schiller Flexner has conducted hundreds of trials in the 20 years since it was founded and has established a record of winning complex commercial litigation and international arbitration. Its lawyers represent clients in litigation, regulatory proceedings, investigations and international arbitration around the globe. The firm has particular expertise in antitrust, banking, financial services and financial products, gaming, intellectual property and insurance. 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 and William Isaacson is known for winning antitrust class action trials, both for plaintiffs and for defendants.

General Litigation:
■ Successfully argued summary judgment in favor of defendant Beats Electronics in a fraud and securities suit brought by Monster and its CEO in California state court
■ Won dispute between the joint owners of the company that makes AriZona Iced Tea and established that the company was worth $1 billion to the firm’s client
■ Won the biggest-ever award ($633 million final judgment) in a whistleblower case in which the government was not a party

Banking & Financial Services:
■ Recovered more than $235 million on behalf of the investors in the feeder funds to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi fraud, by far the largest amount recovered in any litigation
■ Representing Goldman Sachs against its former coder, who sought millions of dollars in legal fees, BSF won trial judgment in the Delaware Court of Chancery and affirmance by the Delaware Supreme Court
■ Retained to appeal dismissal of client’s case, BSF won reversal and, on the eve of trial, negotiated a highly favorable settlement in action to compel Morgan Stanley to buy back defaulted mortgage in a CMBS pool
■ Defending Barclays in consolidated actions alleging manipulation of LIBOR, securing favorable settlements in several actions and continuing to litigate remaining claims
■ Won US Bankruptcy Court ruling (SDNY) for Barclays PLC over the purchase of Lehman’s broker-dealer unit in September 2008, denying Lehman’s effort to recover the $11 billion purchase price and recovering more than $9 billion in assets for Barclays from the Lehman estate

■ Won a complete defense verdict from the jury in a class action seeking $1 billion from a top technology company in a high-profile antitrust case in the portable music industry
■ Achieved settlements during 2015 exceeding $300 million for clients in In re: Vitamins Antitrust Litigation, in which the firm uncovered an international conspiracy and represented purchasers of vitamins in price-fixing claims, resulting in settlements totaling more than $1 billion
■ Won jury verdict as co-lead trial counsel in O’Bannon v. NCAA that eliminated rules preventing college athletes from being compensated
■ Won a defense verdict in a nationwide class action brought against American Express regarding its travel insurance programs for cardmembers
■ Won a $150 million judgement 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

■ Settled 12-year litigation against Maurice R Greenberg (former AIG CEO), in which NYAG had sought $6 billion in damages and injunctive relief, for the payment of $9 million in disgorgement
■ Won jury verdict for Maurice R Greenberg, former CEO of AIG and of the CV Starr companies, in a $4.3 billion action brought by AIG

Intellectual Property:
■ Won $50 million verdict – later increased to $124 in judgment – on behalf of Oracle for copyright infringement and state law violations
■ 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
■ Successfully defended intellectual property rights associated with United Therapeutics Corporation’s blockbuster drug Remodulin,® leading to a 25% rise in the company’s stock price on the day the decision was announced
■ Established a new standard of ‘fair use’ by successfully arguing in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that artist Richard Prince’s work of appropriation was protected under ‘fair use’

Class Action:
■ Represented a nationwide class of consumers in the Volkswagen emissions MDL, which reached the largest settlement in automotive history to compensate consumers at more than $11 billion
■ In Erica P John Fund v. Halliburton, reached a $100 million settlement to a class action that included two arguments before the US Supreme Court and preserved the ‘fraud-on-the-market’ theory for securities class actions
■ Co-lead counsel, achieving $200 million in settlements for the direct purchaser class in a massive MDL challenging alleged bid-rigging and market allocation schemes involving the sale of municipal derivatives throughout the US
■ Co-lead counsel, achieving settlements totaling more than $433 million, in what defendants called ‘likely the largest class ever certified’ alleging price-fixing in the polyurethane foam industry
■ 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

International Work:
■ BSF’s London office serves financial institutions and other clients in the UK and Europe who face increasing cross-border government scrutiny; recent successes at the English High Court include winning a judgment of £169 million from developers of London’s Canary Wharf on behalf of noteholders and a declaration of default in favor of a group holding debt issued by Spanish conglomerate FCC
■ 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, DraftKings, Florida Power & Light, Fujitsu America, Goldman Sachs, HSBC America, NASCAR, New York Life Insurance Company, Nike, OPAP (the Greek lottery), Oracle, Pfizer, Philip Morris International, PIMCO, Richard Prince, Sony Corporation, Starr International Company, The New York Yankees, Tudor Investment, Uber Technologies, Inc. and Zurich Capital


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  • 7th Floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10022
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