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Boies Schiller Replenishes Ranks With Former Justice Lawyer (1)

Sept. 14, 2021, 7:15 PMUpdated: Sept. 14, 2021, 11:53 PM

Boies Schiller Flexner is replenishing its ranks after suffering defections in recent months as firm revenues fell and controversy around some of clients swirled.

The firm Tuesday said it brought on former Justice Department official Alison Anderson as a Los Angeles-based partner in the investigations and white-collar practice. She’s the third lawyer hire since May, but none of those pickups have been partners jumping from competing firms.

Boies Schiller earlier this month recruited international arbitration attorney Ben Love as a partner in its international arbitration group. He joined the firm’s New York and Washington offices from Reed Smith, where he was an associate specializing in international and public international law, focusing on energy and natural resources.

The hires follow a string of difficulties for Boies Schiller. The New York Times fired the firm in 2017 after name partner David Boies helped hire a private investigation firm with ties to Israeli intelligence agencies to collect information about women who had accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

The firm reported a 38% decline in gross revenue last year, trimming profits per partner by nearly a third, according to The American Lawyer. Its attorney headcount has fallen by more than 40% over the last two years.

Among those leaving Boies Schiller recently have been Heather King, a partner who spent more than a year as legal chief for Theranos, the blood testing startup whose founder Elizabeth Holmes is currently on trial in California. Litigator Karen Chesley also recently left the firm for an in-house job at the Times, the company confirmed, less than four years after it parted ways with Boies Schiller.

Natasha Harrison, the London attorney viewed as David Boies‘ successor in running the firm, said this month she would be stepping away from its leadership ranks.

Anderson, the new hire, had been an assistant deputy chief at Justice. She worked in the criminal division’s fraud section for nearly a decade, first as a trial attorney in the securities and financial fraud unit, and then as assistant deputy chief in the strategy, policy and training unit.

She investigated and litigated large corporate fraud cases, including some that went to jury trials. She also supervised criminal corporate resolutions, evaluated corporate compliance programs and was involved with monitoring corporations.

“When I looked at the options for where to begin my private practice, Boies Schiller was the obvious choice,” Anderson said in a statement. “The firm’s reputation for taking on highly sensitive, multifaceted investigations and white-collar investigations is a perfect match for the type of work I did at the DOJ.”

Her work at Boies Schiller will include regulatory or criminal investigations on behalf of clients, as well as independent internal investigations, the firm said in its announcement.

“Alison joins a long line of prosecutors and other government officials who have chosen to develop their practice here,” said Matthew L. Schwartz, a managing partner. “Her addition bolsters our already deep bench strength.”

In May, Boies Schiller recruited Florida U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro as a partner in Miami. She retired from the bench to join the firm.

Ungaro had been appointed by President George H.W. Bush and served in the Southern District of Florida for 28 years. The firm said at the time she would be working in the white-collar area on investigations and corporate monitoring as well as commercial litigation.

(Adds information on Karen Chesley's departure.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Elizabeth Olson at egolson1@gmail.com
To contact the editor on this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloombergindustry.com;
John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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