Bloomberg Law
Free Newsletter Sign Up
Bloomberg Law
Welcome
Go
Free Newsletter Sign Up

Boies Schiller Becomes Latest Big Law Firm to Require Vaccines

Aug. 9, 2021, 11:26 PM

Law firm Boies Schiller Flexner will require attorneys and staff going into its U.S. offices to be fully vaccinated, effective Tuesday.

The vaccine requirement also applies to vendors entering any of the firm’s 10 offices, a firm spokeswoman told Bloomberg Law. Boies Schiller will ask unvaccinated clients to provide proof of a negative Covid test.

“The implementation of this vaccine requirement is critical to safeguarding the health of the lawyers, staff and families in our Boies Schiller Flexner community,” the firm spokeswoman said via email. “Our number one priority throughout the pandemic has been the overall safety and wellbeing of our people, and that consideration will remain at the center of all our decisions regarding office returns, vaccines, and additional safety protocols.”

The firm, founded by storied litigator David Boies, joins a growing wave of law firms requiring vaccinations as part of their return-to-office plans. A spike in infection rates prompted by the Delta variant has created new hurdles for firms, many of which had pegged September for mandatory office returns on at least a hybrid basis.

Boies Schiller is allowing employees to use offices voluntarily. The firm is tentatively targeting a flexible return-to-work date in early October, which will depend largely on local conditions, according to the spokeswoman.

The move comes as Boies Schiller is looking to trim its office space in Manhattan. The firm has three offices in New York, three in South Florida and two in California, along with outposts in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas.

The vaccine requirement doesn’t apply to Boies Schiller’s London’s office, it’s only location outside of the U.S.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor on this story: Rebekah Mintzer in New York at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com