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A dozen Boies Schiller lawyers join new boutique law firm

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A dozen lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner have joined with three other lawyers from well-known law firms to create a 15-lawyer litigation boutique.

The new law firm, Roche Cyrulnik Freedman, is the first major breakaway firm from Boies Schiller since its inception in 1997, according to Law360 and Bloomberg Law also have coverage, while a Jan. 15 press release has the announcement.

The new law firm will embrace alternative fee arrangements. Such fees include flat fees, success-based fees, plaintiff-side and defense-side contingency fees, equity in startups, and hybrid fees that are part contingency and part hourly.

Leaders of the boutique firm also promise that compensation will be transparent, using a formula that rewards business generation and contingency work, as well as the billable hour.

Name partners in the new law firm are Kyle Roche, Jason Cyrulnik and Vel Freedman.

Other changes are afoot at Boies Schiller.

Three partners left the firm last week to form a different litigation boutique.

The firm recently closed its Orlando, Florida, office following the retirement of one of the partners there. The other two lawyers in the office are being moved to Miami.

Boies Schiller is also in the midst of a management transition. It now has four managing partners. They include name partners David Boies and Jonathan Schiller and two “next generation” lawyers, Bloomberg Law previously reported.

Boies has been criticized in connection with his representation of film producer Harvey Weinstein. He also represented Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election recount and successfully challenged California’s ban on gay marriage.

Freedman told that the move was not due to the management changes at Boies Schiller.

Freedman told Law360 that a major goal was “to be able to prove that we could change the BigLaw model and really push us into the future.”

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