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Prosecutor Drops Boies Schiller Partner’s Domestic Violence Case

April 27, 2021, 4:19 PM

A judge in Marin County, Calif. on Tuesday dismissed a misdemeanor domestic violence charge against Boies Schiller Flexner partner Joshua Schiller after a prosecutor asked to drop the case.

“We’ve determined we can no longer prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Deputy District Attorney Shari Goldman told Judge Geoffrey Howard.

Schiller, the son of firm co-founder Jonathan Schiller, was arrested Jan. 14 after an incident involving his wife at their home in Ross, Calif. Police said they observed “visible injuries that were minor in nature” on Melissa Siebel Schiller, who is the sister-in-law of California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“We are clearly pleased, though not surprised, by the decision to drop the charge in light of the facts and circumstances,” Douglas Horngrad, a lawyer for Schiller, told Bloomberg Law. “The district attorney dismissed the case after a thorough review in the interests of justice because there was no case to prove. As we’ve stated from the beginning, there was no physical harm or instance of domestic violence in this case. Mr. and Ms. Schiller are glad to put this behind them.”

The firm recently announced that Schiller has returned from a leave of absence following the arrest. Firm leaders said in an internal email obtained by Bloomberg Law that they found no evidence of physical abuse by Schiller during an internal review.

It’s still unclear whether Danya Perry, a New York lawyer hired by the firm to look into allegations against Schiller, reached the same conclusion. Perry told Bloomberg Law in March that she was no longer working for Boies Schiller. She also said the firm instructed her not to publicly disclose her findings.

Boies Schiller, founded by famed trial lawyer David Boies, has faced public criticism for its work representing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who was accused of sexual assault by a number of women. Its attorneys have played a prominent role in representing several of the late hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims in court battles accusing him of sexual assault, including against underage women.

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

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