Former Theranos General Counsel King Leaves Boies Schiller

Sept. 7, 2021, 9:23 PM

Theranos Inc.'s former top lawyer, Heather King, has left her partnership at Boies Schiller Flexner in San Francisco.

“Heather has taken an in-house position, which she has considered doing for a long time,” the firm said in a statement that didn’t disclose her new job. “We appreciate her contributions to the firm and wish her well in the next phase of her career.”

King’s departure comes as she and David Boies, a founding partner of the firm that bears his name, appeared on a list of potential witnesses in the criminal trial of former Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes. The trial began with jury selection last week in a federal district court in San Jose, Calif.

Boies was outside counsel to Theranos and a board member for the blood diagnostics startup, which hired King as its general counsel in May 2015. At the time, Boies Schiller issued a statement touting King’s in-house appointment.

King spent almost a year-and-a-half as general counsel for Theranos, which she left in August 2016 to return to Boies Schiller and serve as an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. King was one of several Boies Schiller lawyers who had ties to the Clinton camp, some of whom have since left to join other firms.

King and Boies Schiller parted ways within the last week, according to three people familiar with the matter. The timing of her exit with the start of Holmes’ trial was coincidental, two of them said.

King declined to comment. Her LinkedIn profile, like King’s biography page on Boies Schiller’s website, was deleted last week.

A description of King’s time at Theranos from her former LinkedIn profile.

According to a screenshot of that LinkedIn profile, King described her role at Theranos as a “skilled turnaround manager” brought on “to help lead a cultural transformation during high profile crisis.”

She led an in-house team at the company that included roughly 60 lawyers, regulatory and compliance experts, and government relations and public relations professionals, according to the deleted profile item. King also worked closely with the company’s head of human relations on employment issues.

King initially joined Boies Schiller in 2007 and made partner in 2013 after serving as a special assistant and policy adviser to Clinton when she was a U.S. senator from New York. She specialized in complex litigation, public policy, and crisis management.

When she left the firm to join Theranos, Boies praised her.

“Heather King is an outstanding lawyer with impressive experience,” Boies said then in a statement. “Our loss is Theranos’s gain—she is a great match for a cutting-edge company with an important mission.”

Theranos dissolved in 2018.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Baxter in New York at bbaxter@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com;
John Hughes in Washington at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com

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