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N.Y. Lawyer Harlan Levy Exits Boies Schiller for Foley Hoag (1)

May 4, 2021, 4:12 PM; Updated: May 4, 2021, 5:14 PM

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.

(Updated with information on Boies Schiller partner compensation and statement from Foley Hoag's Kenneth Leonetti.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Opfer in New York at copfer@bloomberglaw.com

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