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Boies Schiller Lawyer Arrested for Alleged Domestic Violence (1)

Jan. 15, 2021, 7:42 PM; Updated: Jan. 15, 2021, 8:25 PM

Boies Schiller Flexner partner Joshua Schiller was arrested on Thursday for alleged domestic violence in Ross, Calif., according to a statement provided to Bloomberg Law by the Ross Police Department.

According to the statement, police responded to a disturbance at Schiller’s residence around midnight on Thursday evening.

“The victim had visible injuries that were minor in nature and did not require immediate medical treatment,” the statement said.

Schiller, son of Boies Schiller co-founder Jonathan Schiller, was arrested and booked at the Marin County Jail and the case was referred to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office.

Schiller and his wife, Melissa Siebel Schiller, who is the sister-in-law of California Governor Gavin Newsom, provided a joint statement to Bloomberg Law through their lawyer Douglas Horngrad.

“This is a private matter between us,” the couple said. “We love and respect each other. We are partners and will move beyond this together.”

The California-based Horngrad said he expects the charges against Schiller, first reported by The American Lawyer, to be dropped.

“This was a misunderstanding,” Horngrad said. “There was no instance of domestic violence.”

Schiller joined the firm in 2008 and has since represented the likes of DraftKings and joined Boies Schiller co-founder and chairman David Boies and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Ted Olson in the successful effort to overturn Proposition 8 in California, which had banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Following several Boies Schiller partner departures in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Schiller was selected to fill one of two new positions as co-administrative partners for California earlier this year.

The firm has recently struggled with lawyer exits, losing nearly 60 partners in 2020. It has also faced difficulties with recruiting new attorneys to its ranks.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com

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