Former Boies Schiller Lawyers Open 15-Atty Litigation Firm

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Three Boies Schiller Flexner LLP lawyers are bringing together colleagues from their former employer and three other firms to launch a 15-attorney litigation shop with locations in New York and Miami, the latest in a series of recent departures from the legal powerhouse.
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Former Boies Schiller Lawyers Open 15-Atty Litigation Firm

Three Boies Schiller Flexner LLP lawyers are bringing together colleagues from their former employer and three other firms to launch a 15-attorney litigation shop with locations in New York and Miami, the latest in a series of recent departures from the legal powerhouse.

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DEALS

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