Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP at a Glance


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About Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP is a relative newcomer to the elite firm ranks but already boasts nearly 300 lawyers in 12 far-flung offices across the country, from Armonk to Oakland. 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 was David Boies' independent streak, or perhaps sheer cussedness, 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 was beyond price.

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.


Boies 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 for. 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.


May 2015

Financial Fallout
Boies, Schiller & Flexner won an appeal worth billions of dollars for its client Barclays in a dispute arising from Barclays' purchase of the brokerage business of Lehman Brothers during the financial crisis of 2008. The trustee overseeing Lehman's bankruptcy had claimed the purchase did not include some $6 billion in assets, but the U.S. Second Circuit disagreed. The U.S. Supreme Court sealed the victory in May, when it declined to hear a petition by the trustee.

October 2014

Whistleblower Win
Boies, Schiller & Flexner brought a whistleblower case against Trinity Industries, a manufacturer of end-terminals-devices at the ends of highway guardrails that absorb energy in a collision. The firm's client, Joshua Harman, said Trinity modified the end-terminals, making them dangerously ineffective. After one trial ended in a mistrial, the jury in the second trial found that Trinity made false statements about its modifications and awarded $175 million, or $525 million after trebling. It was the biggest win ever for a federal whistleblower pursuing a lawsuit without help from the Justice Department and the fourth-largest U.S. verdict of 2014.

Now That's Refreshing
After a six-week trial in 2014, a New York state trial court determined that the AriZona Iced Tea group of companies was worth some $2 billion, handing Boies, Schiller & Flexner's clients $1 billion for their 50 percent stake in the enterprise. The owners of the other 50 percent stake, had alleged that the enterprise was worth approximately $400 million-only 20 percent of the value determined by the Court.

September 2014

Flash Boy Fee fight
Boies, Schiller & Flexner prevailed in an appeal for its client Goldman Sachs & Co. in a highly publicized litigation brought by one of Goldman Sachs's former employees, computer programmer Sergey Aleynikov. Accused of stealing computer code belonging to Goldman Sachs, Aleynikov sued his former employer for money to pay the legal fees needed to defend himself against the charges. After a lower court ruled that Goldman Sachs should pay Mr. Aleynikov's fees, Boies, Schiller & Flexner brought an interlocutory appeal to the U.S. Third Circuit Court, which overturned the ruling. Mr. Aleynikov's legal issues were the subject of a chapter in Michael Lewis's recent book Flash Boys.

August 2014

Discovering Solutions
Boies, Schiller & Flexner won a permanent injunction on behalf of The Explorers Club, a venerable New York institution, against the multinational alcoholic beverages company Diageo, for using the club's name without authorization on a line of whiskeys. The injunction led to a settlement six weeks later in which Diageo entered into a licensing agreement with the club for the use of its name.

June 2014

Slam Dunk
Boies, Schiller & Flexner was co-lead counsel in a historic three-week trial in federal court in Oakland, California, in which a class of plaintiffs led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon challenged the amateurism rules governing college sports on antitrust grounds. The trial led to a ruling that, for the first time, allowed athletes to share some of the financial success of the NCAA.

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Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: David Boies, Jonathan Schiller & Donald Flexner
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 282

  • Employment Contact
    New York City
    Elizabeth Kuchta
    575 Lexington Avenue, 7th Floor
    New York, NY 10022
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  • Base Salary
    1st year: $174,000
    Summer Associate: 1L-$3,000/week; 2L and 3L-$3,345/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    27 out of 28 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Class Actions
    Constitutional Law & First Amendment/Mass Media
    Financial Services Litigation
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    Investigations/Corporate Governance
    Matrimonial & Family Law
    Product Liability
    Securities Litigation
    Sports Law
    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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