2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Ability to do substantive work early on is second to none.”
“Incredibly smart and talented people.”
“No face-time requirements and flexible work hours.”
“The lack of transparency between management and the rest of the firm.”
"The hours are long and the technology dated.”
“The office layout.” [New York office]
About Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Started in 1997, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP is a relative newcomer to the elite firm ranks but already boasts nearly 300 lawyers and has its principal offices in New York; Washington, DC; California; Florida; and the United Kingdom. As one of the nation’s premier litigation shops, Boies is no stranger to heavy-hitter clients—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, and Zurich Insurance Group.
A star litigator at Cravath for 30 years, David Boies knocked heads with the firm when he decided to represent 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.
Litigation All Stars
While it also handles transactional matters, Boies Schiller Flexner is known for its litigation prowess—and most of its work revolves around high-stakes, complex litigation. The firm’s litigation practice is broad, including antitrust, appellate, constitutional law, cybersecurity and privacy, employment, energy, environmental law, first amendment, health care, intellectual property, family law, products liability, securities litigation, and sports law—and everything in between. The firm is in the top 20 of Vault’s Practice Area rankings for General Commercial Litigation, Appellate, Antitrust, Securities Litigation, Products Liability, and White Collar Defense & Internal Investigations. The firm was named to The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List in 2018, and for good reason—lawyers at Boies Schiller Flexner are regulars in the Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. Some of the firm’s past matters include Bush v. Gore, Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, and Pennzoil v. Texaco. Not to mention, the firm’s ranks include dozens of former state and federal appellate clerks and multiple former U.S. Supreme Court clerks.
Whistling to the Boies Tune
Boies Schiller is anything but conventional. Its New York office at Hudson Yards, for example, has done away with associate offices and instead has an open floor plan, which the firm describes as “a collaborative floor plan with both shared and private space.” And while many of its peers pay their associates lockstep bonuses, Boies Schiller Flexner takes a more unique approach, basing bonuses on a formula that tracks each hour billed toward and also accounts for work on contingency-based matters.
News & Awards
Leading publications reported in November 2018 on the formation of Boies Schiller Flexner’s Management Committee, which comprises Karen Dunn, Nick Gravante, Phil Korologos, and Damien Marshall. Bill Isaacson was appointed Vice Chairman of the firm. David Boies continues as firm chairman, and both he and co-founder Jonathan Schiller remain on the firm’s eleven-member Executive Committee.
In July 2018, BSF and its co-counsel won a “big first-round win” against neo-Nazis and white supremacists who planned and organized attacks on peaceful demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which three people died and many more were injured. This is the first civil case to take on the leaders of the violent white supremacist movement, and it is going ahead despite threats and hate speech by the defendants and their supporters against the plaintiffs and their lawyers.
BSF won a victory of international significance in June 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court held that a foreign government’s interpretation of its own law is not “binding” on U.S. courts, throwing out a Second Circuit ruling and reviving a $147 million judgment the firm won against two Chinese companies that had fixed prices of Vitamin C with support from the Chinese government.
Boies Schiller Flexner, with co-counsel, secured a settlement on behalf of Uber Technologies in a hotly contested case over the future of self-driving cars that was billed as the intellectual property trial of the century. Waymo, a unit of Google, had accused Uber of taking its trade secrets but the settlement, after four days of trial in February 2018, allowed Uber to move forward with the development of self-driving cars.
- Boies Schiller Flexner Chairman David Boies led the trial team for the United States in its successful, landmark antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.
- David Boies served as the lead counsel for former Vice President Al Gore in litigation relating to the 2000 presidential election.
- As co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, the firm won the first judgment establishing the right to marry for gay and lesbian citizens under the U.S. Constitution.
- Litigator of the Year 2018, 2016, and 2012 (The American Lawyer)
- Litigation Department of the Year Finalist 2016, 2012 (The American Lawyer)
- Washington Litigation Department of the Year Finalist 2015 (National Law Journal)
575 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 446-2300
Managing Partners: David Boies and Jonathan D. Schiller
Hiring Partners: George Carpinello (Albany), Christopher Green (Armonk), Abby Dennis/Josh Riley (DC), Sigrid McCawley (Fort Lauderdale), Richard Drubel (Hanover), Charles Miller (Hollywood, FL), Trevor Stutz (LA), James Lee (Miami), Christopher Belelieu/Leigh Nathanson (NY), Meredith Dearborn (OAK/SF) | Natasha Harrison (London)
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
250 - 500
Summer associate: 2L and 3L—$3,650/week
*Associate salary not disclosed.
Summer Associate Offers:
18 out of 18 (2Ls) (2018)
No. of Summer Associates:
21 total (18 2Ls; 2 1Ls; 1 Pre-Clerk) (2018)
Director, Legal Recruiting
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Palo Alto, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Constitutional Law & First Amendment/Mass Media
Financial Services Litigation
Matrimonial & Family Law
White Collar/Business Crimes
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.