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Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

At a Glance

Uppers

“Early trial experience”

“Compensation is nearly unparalleled”

“Anti-hierarchical approach”

Downers

“Lack of transparency at the top”

“Like drinking out of a fire hose”

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, BSF is no stranger to heavy-hitter clients—over the years, the firm’s clients have included American Express, Barclays, Carnival Corporation, CBS, Cherokee Nation, Delta Air Lines, DuPont, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, John Hancock, Merck, NASCAR, New York Yankees, NextEra Energy, Philip Morris, SBC Communications (now AT&T), Sony, SpaceX, and Zurich Insurance Group.

Game Changer

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. Boies Schiller’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 25 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.

COVID-19 Update

In 2021, our summer associates experienced a mix of virtual and in-person events. With restrictions being lifted in many cities where we have offices, we implemented a voluntary return several days per week while continuing to follow best practices for COVID-related safety protocols. This allowed summer associates to meet attorneys in person and gain a better sense of the office environment at BSF. We also built upon the success of our virtual program in 2020 by holding a number of events remotely, bringing the entire summer class together for social events like trivia night and a mixology class, as well as to engage with our DEI affinity groups and others throughout the firm. Through both approaches, we continued to focus on giving summer associates meaningful work experiences as well as the opportunity to get to know one another and BSF.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • As co-lead counsel in Perry v. Brown, we won the first judgment establishing the right to marry for same-sex couples under the U.S. Constitution. 
  • Achieved a $4.1 billion recovery – the largest ever in an antitrust case for a private plaintiff – for AmEx against VISA and Mastercard relating to exclusionary practices governing bank partnerships 
  • Representing the victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell over many years, most recently advising a witness in Maxwell’s criminal trial and successfully settling claims against Prince Andrew.
  • Secured a $143 million jury verdict for our client after the self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin stole their intellectual property.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Litigator of the Year 2012, 2016, 2018, and 2020–The American Lawyer
  • Litigation Department of the Year Finalist 2012, 2016–The American Lawyer
  • Awarded “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” with a perfect score, 2016-2022–Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Ranked in U.S. Top 10 Women in Litigation, 2020-2021–Benchmark Litigation
  • Mansfield Rule 4.0 certified
Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

55 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 446-2300

Firm Stats

Managing Partners: David Boies, Jonathan D. Schiller, Sigrid McCawley, Matthew Schwartz, Alan Vickery
Hiring Partners: George Carpinello/Adam Shaw (Albany); Matthew S. Tripolitsiotis (Armonk); Mike Mitchell (DC); Sabria McElroy/Pascual Oliu (Fort Lauderdale); Charles Miller (Hollywood; FL); James Lee (Miami); Joanna Wright (NY); Maxwell Pritt (SF); John Kucera (Los Angeles)
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
150 - 250
No. of Partners Named 2022:
5

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $4,135/week

Employment Contact

Alexandra G. Mai
Director of Attorney Recruiting and Development
(202) 237-9620
amai@bsfllp.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 10

No. of International Offices: 2

Major Office Locations

Albany, NY
Armonk, NY
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hollywood, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC
London
Milan

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Appellate
Class Actions, Opt-Outs, and Multidistrict Litigation
Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Crisis Management
Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
Financial Institutions and Private Equity
First Amendment & Mass Media
Global Investigations & White Collar Defense
Government Litigation
Insurance Disputes
International Arbitration
Intellectual Property Litigation
Life Sciences & Healthcare
Matrimonial & Family Law
Partnership and Employment Disputes
Products Liability
Securities and Financial Products Litigation
Sports and Gaming
Technology
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.