The Lawyer in New York: Home Boies

When you think of a top New York law firm dead set against international expansion (at least officially), most people would say ‘Wachtell’. But there are others.

US litigation powerhouse Boies Schiller & Flexner is one. While fellow US litigator Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges launched in the UK earlier this month (22 April), Boies Schiller has no such plans to set up shop across the pond. Yesterday (8 May), I popped in to Boies Schiller to find out why.

“We have experienced tremendous growth in the last 10 years” says partner and trial litigation specialist, Mike Brille, “The firm is already well positioned in the international market.”

Much of that positioning comes through the international arbitration team led by co-founding partner, Jonathan Schiller. The firm is confident that Schiller’s practice alone gives it sufficient scope to win international work without the need for an office in the City.

“We have that international reach already through Jonathan’s international arbitration team,” argues Brille.

Schiller and his team have certainly pulled in some heavyweight cases recently. One recent highlight was representing hat and shoe retailer Genesco in its successful specific performance case against Finish Line, which compelled the Indianapolis-based company to go through with its agreed merger agreement and forced UBS, as the financing bank, to stump up the cash for the $1.5bn merger.

Off the back of a string of cases such as this, the Boies Schiller has grown from a two-office firm in 1997 to a 12-office, 200-lawyer giant 10 years later. It’s a national litigation powerhouse, and is happy to stay that way.