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Former Philip Morris GC Misses Courtroom, Joins Boies Schiller


David Bernick, who resigned his post a general counsel of Philip Morris in February, has joined the New York office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

The former Kirkland & Ellis partner told Reuters that he left Philip Morris because he missed implementing strategies for clients and wanted to get back into the courtroom.

“Once a duck learns to swim, you never forget,” he is quoted saying.

At Kirkland, Bernick was known for defending tobacco companies, breast implant makers and companies with asbestos liability.

Name partner David Boies told Reuters that bringing in Bernick is a rare move for the firm, only its fourth senior partner acquisition in the firm’s 15-year history.

Also see:

Chicago Tribune: “Former Kirkland lawyer resigns from Philip Morris”

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