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Former Ailes Lawyer Estrich Is Latest to Depart Boies Schiller

Jan. 30, 2021, 1:26 AM

Susan Estrich, the California litigator and Democratic operative best known for defending former Fox News chief Roger Ailes against sexual harassment allegations, has left law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

Estrich departed the firm’s Los Angeles office in December on undisclosed terms, a firm spokesman told Bloomberg Law. She didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The exit comes a little more than two years after Estrich joined the firm from rival Quinn Emanuel. She follows a slew of prominent Boies Schiller partners who have left the litigation powerhouse over the last year.

Estrich is widely considered a legal and political pioneer. The author, cable news commentator, and law professor was the first woman to lead the Harvard Law Review and the first woman to manage a presidential campaign, running Democrat Michael Dukakis’ unsuccessful White House 1988 bid.

She also faced criticism for her work for Ailes, the former Fox News chairman accused of sexual harassment by a variety of network employees. Estrich wrote a 1990 book detailing her own personal sexual assault by a stranger and taking to task a legal system that she argued was stacked against victims.

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