Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Compensation”
  • “Working from home is an expected part of the experience”
  • “Incredible work and early responsibility”

Downers

  • “The amount of work is relentless”
  • “Terrible support and technology”
  • “Lack of guidance or training”

The Buzz

  • “Litigation powerhouse”
  • “Huge bonuses”
  • “Grueling”
  • “What happens after Boies retires?”

About Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Started in 1997, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP is a relative newcomer to the elite firm ranks but already boasts approximately 280 lawyers and has its principal offices in California, Florida, New York, Washington D.C., and the United Kingdom. As one of the nation's premier litigation shops, Boies is no stranger to heavy-hitter clients-when Microsoft got too big for its britches, no less than the U.S. Department of Justice came calling. Over the years, the firm's clients have included American Express, Apple, Barclays, CBS, Delta Airlines, DuPont, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, John Hancock, Merck, NASCAR, New York Yankees, Oracle, Philip Morris, SBC Communications (now AT&T), Sony, SpaceX, Wynn Resorts, and Zurich Insurance Group.

Let Me into the Ballgame

It's not often that a firm is basically founded because of a rage quit; it was David Boies' independent streak that led to his walking out on Cravath, Swaine & Moore in 1997. Star litigator Boies had spent 30 years under the Cravath awning (where he was notorious for running a "firm within a firm") but knocked heads with firm brass when he decided to take on representation of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in a lawsuit against Major League Baseball. Boies' representation of Steinbrenner posed a conflict of interest for Cravath, whose longtime client Time Warner also owned the Atlanta Braves. In a story that made the front page of The New York Times, 48 hours after receiving an ultimatum to drop the Steinbrenner case, Boies hung up his Cravath hat. Within a matter of months he persuaded Jonathan Schiller, a litigation and international arbitration specialist and partner at Kaye Scholer, to join him. By the end of 1999, Donald Flexner, a partner from Crowell & Moring's antitrust group, was also on board.

Plan B

Boies' Plan B-a humble "10-lawyer firm that would take on interesting and difficult cases"-was thrown rudely off kilter when the Justice Department came knocking. Between the Steinbrenner case and the little Microsoft matter, Boies required manpower. To achieve this, he brought aboard some talent from his old firm and absorbed the 20-lawyer Barrett Gravante Carpinello & Stern, themselves Cravath alums. Though Boies took the Microsoft antitrust case at $40 an hour, a slight concession from his then $550 hourly rate, the publicity surrounding the issue priceless.

No longer hemmed by conflicts of interest, and keeping costs low by locating offices outside of major centers (one outpost is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, population 11,000), the new firm was free to take on riskier, high-stakes plaintiffs' work. By 2000, Boies was serving as lead counsel for former Vice President Al Gore in litigation relating to the Florida election vote count (you might have heard of it). And when Napster found itself in hot water, guess who it turned to.

YES

Boies Schiller has become a heavy hitter in the BigLaw world, taking on high-profile cases left and right. Keeping up with its major league tradition, the firm freed the New York Yankees from MSG Network's long-term contract for the local broadcast and cable rights to all Yankees games, then brought an antitrust suit to force Cablevision to end its boycott of the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network (YES) and then garnered a hugely favorable arbitral award for YES against Cablevision setting the key terms of a long-term carriage agreement. Going for another turn at bat against the cable company, Boies represented the New York Jets in its claim that Cablevision monopolized the New York City cable television market by preventing development of a new sports stadium and convention center.

Other firm successes include obtaining a jury defense verdict on behalf of Lloyds of London and other insurers in the World Trade Center trial; successfully defending NASCAR from a $1 billion antitrust challenge to its method of choosing venues for its Nextel Cup races; bailing insurance giant Zurich Financial Services out of a bankruptcy judge's determination that it was liable for all the debts of a bankrupt nursing home chain, which added up to more than $750 million; and representing Miramax founders Harvey and Robert Weinstein in successfully negotiating their separation from the Walt Disney Company. 

IN THE NEWS

April 2016
Win for Kids on Medicaid

Boies, Schiller & Flexner reached a comprehensive settlement with Florida health officials in 2016 that will improve medical and dental coverage for the more than two million Florida children who depend on the state's Medicaid program for their health care. The deal requires higher reimbursement rates for board-certified pediatricians and pediatric dentists under Medicaid, which will significantly increase access to medical services. The settlement caps a decade of litigation that the firm conducted pro bono.

January 2016
Bilked by Bernie

Boies, Schiller & Flexner won settlements worth $180 million in the past year on behalf of investors who lost money on their investments in Fairfield Greenwich funds, which had channeled money to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The most recent settlement, for $55 million, was with auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers, which plaintiffs claimed ignored red flags with respect to the Fairfield Greenwich funds. In total, the firm has won settlements worth $230 million in seven-and-a-half years of litigation for Fairfield Greenwich investors.

December 2015
Sweet Sweet Fantasy Baby

Boies, Schiller & Flexner is defending DraftKings in several states where authorities have challenged the fantasy sports site's business. In New York, DraftKings' biggest market, the firm won a stay in December 2015 that allowed the company to remain in business, and then reached a settlement with the state attorney general pending action by the state legislature that is expected to protect daily fantasy sports betting in New York. Four other states have already found daily fantasy sports to be legal.

October 2015
You Can't Steal from an Oracle

Boies, Schiller & Flexner won a three-and-a-half week trial for Oracle in October 2015 in an intellectual property dispute with Rimini Street. A federal jury in Nevada awarded Oracle $50 million in damages against Rimini Street and its CEO, Seth Ravin. The jury's findings confirmed Oracle's claim that Rimini and Ravin built a business through pervasive and unauthorized downloading and copying of Oracle software and support materials.

June 2015
Boies Fought the Law, and Boies Won

The firm's Chairman, David Boies, won a major victory for former shareholders of American Insurance Group who argued that the government takeover of the insurance company in the financial crisis amounted to an illegal taking of property, in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Takings Clause. After a highly publicized trial in which Mr. Boies questioned former top Federal Reserve and Treasury officials about their actions during the crisis, the U.S. Court of Federal claims ruled in favor of the former shareholders, finding that the government treated AIG "much more harshly than other institutions in need of assistance." A ruling on damages is on appeal.

Billions for Barclays' Bailout

Boies, Schiller & Flexner successfully concluded six years of litigation on behalf of British bank Barclays, fighting off an attempt by the trustee of bankrupt brokerage Lehman Brothers to claw back assets purchased by Barclays in the financial crisis. After a court ruled in 2015 that Barclays was entitled to all of the assets still in dispute, Lehman agreed to a settlement. The firm has secured nearly $8 billion for Barclays in the litigation.

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Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

575 Lexington Avenue
7th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 446-2300

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: David Boies, Jonathan D. Schiller; Donald L. Flexner
  • Hiring Partners: Christopher Green (Armonk); Christopher Duffy (New York); Melissa Felder Zappala (Washington, DC); Mark J. Heise (Miami); Karen C. Dyer (Orlando); Sigrid S. McCawley (Fort Lauderdale); Beko O. Reblitz-Richardson (Oakland); Richard J. Pocker (Las Vegas); George Carpinello (Albany); James Miller (Hollywood); Stefan dePozsgay (Corporate) Michael Jay (Los Angeles); Natasha Harrison (London); Parker Bagley (Palo Alto)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 282

  • Employment Contact
    Elizabeth Kuchta
    Director of Legal Recruiting
    575 Lexington Avenue, 7th Floor
    New York, NY 10022
    (212) 446-2300
    nycattorneyrecruit@bsfllp.com For recruiting contacts in other offices, please visit www.bsfllp.com/careers/how_apply.

  • Base Salary

    1st Year: $180,000
    2nd Year: $192,000
    3rd Year: $210,000
    4th Year: $240,000
    5th Year: $264,000
    6th Year: $282,000
    7th Year: $300,000
    Summer associate: 1L - $3,000/week; 2L and 3L - $3,500/week


  • Summer Associate Offers
    17 out of 19 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust
    Appellate
    Class Actions
    Constitutional Law & First Amendment/Mass Media
    Corporate
    Employment/FLSA
    Financial Services Litigation
    Healthcare
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    Investigations/Corporate Governance
    Matrimonial & Family Law
    Product Liability
    Reorganization/Work-outs
    Securities Litigation
    Sports Law
    Tax
    White-Collar/Business Crimes

Major Office Locations

  • Albany, NY
  • Armonk, NY
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Hanover, NH
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Oakland, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Washington, DC
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