Boies Schiller Flexner has hired an outside lawyer to look into the domestic violence case against Joshua Schiller, the son of law firm cofounder Jonathan Schiller and one of the leaders of its California operations.
“Since the day that we learned of Josh’s arrest, we have taken the situation seriously, including promptly appointing independent outside counsel experienced in such investigations (Danya Perry of Perry Guha LLP) to conduct a review of the underlying facts,” Boies Schiller’s managing partners said Tuesday in a firmwide email obtained by Bloomberg Law.
The probe comes as Boies Schiller is looking to turn the corner after numerous partner departures over the last year. The firm, founded by Jonathan Schiller and famed litigator David Boies, is best known recently for representing disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in response to sexual assault allegations. Boies also represents a group of women who accused hedge fund mogul Jeffrey Epstein of similar crimes.
Josh Schiller was arrested on Jan. 14 after an incident in Ross, Calif. Local police said they responded to a disturbance at Schiller’s residence, which he shares with his wife Melissa Siebel Schiller, the sister-in-law of California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
“The victim had visible injuries that were minor in nature and did not require immediate medical treatment,” the Ross Police Department said in a statement to Bloomberg Law following the arrest.
Douglas Horngrad, Schiller’s lawyer, told a Marin County judge Wednesday that he is discussing the case with local prosecutors and hopeful that the charge will be dropped.
Guha, the New York attorney tapped by the firm to look into the allegations against Schiller, is a litigator who previously worked for holding company MacAndrews & Forbes. She also served on New York’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, according to her law firm bio.