Former Boies Schiller Flexner partner Stacey Grigsby. Photo courtesy
Three other Boies Schiller Flexner partners leave the company, including Stacey Grigsby, Christopher Renner and Michael Schafler.
The new departures mean that at least 16 partners left Boies Schiller in 2020. Boies Schiller's executives said in an interview on Wednesday that the firm remains financially healthy and at least part of the wear and tear of lawyers was part of a planned transition.
Grigsby is an equity partner at Boies Schiller in Washington, DC and is due to move to Covington & Burling, confirmed their new company. Renner, also in Washington, DC, is planning to move to Davis Wright Tremaine. According to the company's website, Schafler recently moved to Cohen Williams' boutique in Los Angeles.
Grigsby, who joined Boies Schiller from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2014, was part of a team that helped Uber prevail over the largest taxi company in Boston last year. She held a number of positions at the DOJ, including legal counsel for the associate attorney general, who was then Tony West, now Uber's attorney general.
Clara Shin, co-director of Covington's litigation practice with approximately 150 lawyers, said the firm was "very excited" to welcome Grigsby, and was a "core member" of the litigation practice and litigation process of the firm and advised Antitrust and other issues.
"Many of my colleagues have known Stacey since the days of the DOJ," said Shin. "She is someone we have had a relationship with for a long time. We also have mutual customers."
West, for its part, said in a message that he saw Grigsby as "one of the most competent external consultants we work with."
"I look forward to continuing to seek your help as one of Covington's newest partners," he said.
Renner, who also joined Boies Schiller in 2014, is an antitrust lawyer and consultant. He held a number of positions with the Federal Trade Commission, including as legal advisor to Jon Leibowitz, then Chairman. According to published reports, he was a member of the Boies Schiller team, which represented Apple in patent licensing disputes with chip maker Qualcomm.
Davis Wright confirmed Renner's plans to join the company. Rob Maguire, chairman of the firm's litigation group, said in a statement that Renner had "an excellent reputation in the antitrust law firm" and called it "technically superior, entrepreneurial, industry-focused, and committed to working together to provide excellent customer service."
"DWT is the only company I've considered," Renner said in a statement. “It is open and entrepreneurial, not hierarchical and offers excellent support for the development of legal practice. The opportunity to work with such a strong process practice, technology and health groups is great for my customers and me personally. "
Schafler joined Boies Schiller when the company expanded to Los Angeles through collaboration with Caldwell Leslie & Proctor. According to Cohen Williams' website, which announced its addition on March 30, Schafler, a former public defender, has defended clients in investigations and cases of economic fraud, perjury, money laundering, false statements, and other crimes.
Nick Gravante and Natasha Harrison, the two new managing partners of Boies Schiller, said on Wednesday that the company continues to be financially strong and that they wanted to announce on Thursday that no layoffs, partner salary cuts, salary cuts or other cuts were in response the corona virus pandemic was planned. This is in contrast to several other law firms, including Am Law 100 law firms, which have taken cost-cutting measures in the past few days.
Gravante said the lawyers leaving the firm "are our friends," and Harrison praised Grigsby and said, "I think she will be successful in Covington." Regarding the general trend of partner disposals over the past three months, however, the two managing partners said that the company's earnings would not be significantly affected. They said the company asked some people to leave the company and that some departures, even from equity partners, had been financially washed. They did not refer to certain departures.
"We are confident and concerned about the future of the company," said Harrison. "The transition will bring further changes."
Update: This story has been updated with additional comments from Gravante, Harrison, West, Maguire and Renner.
Correction: In an earlier version of this story, Gravante was incorrectly attributed a quote from Harrison. The bug has been fixed.