Boies Schiller Flexner is the type of firm where associates toss aside the life vest and dive right in—and lawyers at this litigation powerhouse wouldn’t have it any other way. Litigators looking to roll up their sleeves and learn on the job will feel right at home here. While it also handles transactional matters, Boies Schiller Flexner is known for its litigation prowess—and most of its work revolves around high-stakes, complex litigation. Boies Schiller’s litigation practice is broad, including antitrust, appellate, constitutio...

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

150 - 250


No. of Partners Named (2021)



Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)



No. of Summer Associates (2021)

14 total (12 2Ls; 2 1Ls)


Base Salary

1st year: $202,500

Vault Verdict

Self-starters need only apply to Boies Schiller Flexner, which gives junior lawyers significant responsibility from the start. Instead of hours of formal training, associates jump right in to matters and learn by doing, with significant on-the-job mentoring and advising from more senior associates and partners. The firm boasts a laid-back vibe where associates look out for each other. There are get-togethers (including virtually during the pandemic) for those who are interested, although the firm isn’t overly social. Cases are staffed leanly, so associates have opportunities to develop deep relationships with partners, who are invested in associate growth. Transparency at the firm has generally been weak, though lately, there have been efforts to improve it. As one would expect fo...

Firm's Response

Boies Schiller Flexner is a firm of internationally recognized trial lawyers, crisis managers, and strategic advisers known for our creative, aggressive, and efficient pursuit of successful outcomes for clients. Our attorneys have an established track record of taking on and winning complex, groundbreaking, and cross-...

About the Firm

Started in 1997, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP is a relative newcomer to the elite firm ranks but already boasts nearly 200 lawyers and has its principal offices in New York; Washington, DC; California; Florida; and the United Kingdom. As one of the nation’s premier litigation shops, BSF is no stranger to heavy-hitter clients—over the years, the firm’s clients have included American Express, Barclays, Carnival Corporation, CBS, Cherokee Nation, Delta Air Lines, DuPont, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, John Hancock, Merck, NASCAR, New York Yankees, NextEra Energy, Philip Morris, SBC Communications (now AT&T), Sony, SpaceX, and Zurich Insurance Group.

Game Changer

A star litigator at Cravath for 30 years, David Boies knocked heads with the firm when he decided to represen...

Associate Reviews

  • “Remote work has been difficult socially, but there are opportunities to interact in firm happy hours, regular firm-wide or office-wide events, and Associate's Committee office hours.  For the most part, the firm is relatively flat, and good ideas and candid input are valued and welcomed by leaders at every level of the firm. As one senior partner put it to me, ‘we care about things that matter and don't care about things that don't’ As a result, there is a lot of informality in both professional and personal interactions, and people are really judged on the quality of their ultimate work product or the insights they can bring to a case.”
  • “Pleasant enough, though not overly social.”
  • “Associates seem to look out for one another. The culture is probably more laid-back than other firms, but there is still a high expectation for quality work and quick turnarounds.”
  • “The atmosphere is very collegial. Our NYC office has a large cafeteria and catered lunch every day, and lawyers, paralegals, and non-legal staff gather daily to socialize. Lawyers also regularly meet for coffee, happy hours, and other events, and are friendly both personally and professionally.”

Diversity at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

"Boies Schiller Flexner's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity is reflected in the strategy it has established for its talent management and professional skills development programs. Recruiting, retaining, and promoting outstanding lawyers from diverse backgrounds, with different experiences and perspectives, enables the Firm to provide its clients with the highest level of representation and best serves the Firm itself. We continue to develop our mentoring program for all attorneys, and in particular are always on the..."

Getting Hired Here

  • “The firm is looking for self-starters who are okay with learning by doing. There is little hand holding, and junior associates are entrusted with a lot of responsibility early on. Folks will help you, but there is no formal training.”
  • “BSF is selective in who it hires because associates are given early substantive experience and are integral members of their various teams.”

Perks & Benefits