Harlan Levy, a New York litigator and former state attorney general official, is leaving Boies Schiller Flexner after 16 years with the firm.
Levy is joining Foley Hoag as a partner in the firm’s Manhattan office, a spokesperson for the firm confirmed. The move comes as the Boston-founded firm with more than 250 lawyers has been bolstering its roster of litigators in New York.
Levy’s exit is the latest in a string of departures from Boies Schiller, where a slew of partners have headed for the door in recent years as the firm looks to move its day-to-day leadership away from founders David Boies and Jonathan Schiller. Levy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“We thank him for his contributions to the firm and wish him well in the next stage of his career,” Boies Schiller’s leadership team said in a Tuesday firmwide email obtained by Bloomberg Law.
The American Lawyer reported steep declines in revenue and profit at Boies Schiller in 2020. The firm’s total revenue fell nearly 40% to $250 million while profits per equity partner dropped by 32% to nearly $2.3 million, AmLaw reported.
Boies Schiller makes annual distributions for equity partners in April, four former partners told Bloomberg Law. That means partners looking to make a move were required to stay at the firm until last month to get their full compensation package from the previous year.
Levy spent 10 years at Boies Schiller before taking a role in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where he held the No.2 leadership position over a four-year stint. Since returning to the firm in 2015, he represented healthcare insurer Centene in its $3.75 billion acquisition of Fidelis Care and defended New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top fundraiser, Ross Offinger, in a criminal probe that was later dropped.
Levy’s hire at Foley Hoag comes after Stephen Younger, a high profile litigator and former New York State Bar Association president, joined the firm in March. Younger spent 35 years at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler before making the jump.
Kenneth Leonetti, the firm’s co-managing partner, called Levy “a well-respected and prominent litigator.”
“He will significantly expand the firm’s capabilities in our white collar and State Attorney General practices in New York,” Leonetti told Bloomberg Law via email.
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