- The law firm Boies Schiller Flexner has employed some of the most prominent attorneys in the country.
- The firm has seen a wave of lawyer departures in recent years amid internal conflict.
- Insider mapped out where top lawyers have gone and what they’re doing now.
The Boies Schiller Flexner law firm has helped train some of the nation’s most prominent lawyers.
The firm is known for its work-heavy culture, with lawyers in pre-pandemic times renting hotel war rooms as they defend some of the nation’s biggest companies in their trials.
Due to its relatively small staff and focus on litigation, its senior partners pride themselves on the fact that its attorneys gain valuable courtroom experience from an early age.
Boies Schiller litigants have held highly respected positions in legal and government circles, such as U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, Barclays Chief Legal Officer James Meadows, and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
In recent years, the ranks of the firm’s graduates have swelled. Internal conflict led to a series of high-profile departures that sent Boies Schiller attorneys to other law firms and in-house legal departments across the country.
According to attorney tracking firm Leopard Solutions, nearly 200 people have left Boies Schiller in the past two years. Overall, the net number of employees decreased by 51%, from 300 in January 2020 to 149 in January 2022.
Some of the lawyers went to big companies like
and the New York Times, as well as competing law firms such as Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and Jenner & Block.
King & Spalding, an Atlanta-based law firm with corporate and litigation practices, recruited 33 attorneys from Boies Schiller, onboarding their clients and billings and appointing some of them to leadership positions.
The dust has not completely settled.
One of Boies Schiller’s co-managers, Natasha Harrison, has just left the firm to set up her own boutique, taking dozens of lawyers with her.
Boies Schiller, meanwhile, has recruited new lawyers and opened a new office in Italy.
In light of the whole movement, we mapped out who went where and what they’re doing now. Here’s where 31 former Boies Schiller lawyers went after they left.
Boies Schiller declined to comment for this story.