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Jenner & Block Adds to Ex-Boies Schiller Hires with D.C.'s Riley

Jan. 8, 2021, 10:00 AM

Jenner & Block has hired Joshua Riley, making him the fifth former Boies Schiller & Flexner partner to join the Chicago-founded firm since last year.

Riley, based in Washington, represents clients in congressional investigations. He previously worked with a Jenner & Block team representing Apple Inc. in a House Judiciary Committee antitrust inquiry, according to the firm.

Jenner & Block “has the nation’s premier congressional investigations practice,” Riley said. “That is going to be a really interesting place to be as we go into a new administration.”

The hiring indicates that departures from David Boies’ firm may not be finished. Boies Schiller saw about 60 partners leave last year, including four who joined Jenner & Block: Lee Wolosky, Dawn Smalls, Douglas Mitchell, and David Pressman.

Nicholas Gravante, the firm’s former co-managing partner, formally joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft this week.

In keeping with Jenner & Block’s track-record of hiring lawyers with government service, Riley previously served as general counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s privacy, law, and technology subcommittee.

“We are very well-positioned to help clients with the new congress and the new administration,” said Thomas Perrelli, Jenner & Block’s chair. The firm will continue to invest in lawyers with experience in congressional investigations, he said.

Aaron Cooper, the lead minority counsel in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation, joined Jenner & Block in December. Emily Loeb, who served as associate counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office in the Obama administration, joined the firm in 2016 and is now co-chair of the government controversies and public policy litigation practice.

Riley said he was grateful for his time at Boies Schiller and called it an “outstanding” firm.

“Natasha Harrison is working very hard and strategically to make the firm’s transition successful,” he said, referring to Boies Schiller’s recently promoted deputy chair. “I’m confident that she will do that.”

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