Boies Schiller Flexner has elected six litigators from its offices in New York, Washington D.C., and Armonk, to its partnership. The new partners are Marc Ayala, Martha Goodman, Laura Harris, Kyle Smith, Craig Wenner, and Joanna Wright.
“Our six new partners have distinguished themselves by their extraordinary legal talent as well as their dedication to delivering the highest level of service to our clients. We are delighted to welcome them to the firm’s partnership,” Managing Partners Nick Gravante and Natasha Harrison said in a joint statement.
Marc Ayala represents clients before federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings, including those involving structured financial products, shareholder derivative and class action claims, LLC and partnership disputes, state and federal securities laws, high-value trusts and estates matters, and commercial contract claims. His practice includes both plaintiff- and defense- side representation at the trial and appellate levels. He is based in Armonk, N.Y.
Martha Goodman is a trial lawyer with significant experience in antitrust, trade secrets, and commercial disputes. She served as trial counsel in four trials in five years, including high-profile matters involving self-driving cars, portable music players, and a landmark antitrust case for college athletes. She is also a key member of the firm’s government and congressional investigations practice, counseling clients in their strategic responses and preparing witnesses for high-stakes testimony before government bodies. She is based in Washington D.C.
Laura Harris has represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex antitrust, securities, intellectual property, constitutional and other litigation. Most recently, she represented HSBC in several multidistrict and consolidated class action litigations alleging claims for purported manipulation of gold, silver, and platinum and palladium markets. She also has experience conducting corporate internal investigations, and has represented both individual and corporate clients at trial and before government agencies in criminal proceedings and civil enforcement matters. She is based in New York City.
Kyle Smith is a trial lawyer who has represented companies in all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts, and in arbitration. He has litigated in many different areas, including antitrust, trade secrets, intellectual property, and complex commercial litigation. He works to understand how litigation affects his clients’ business, and helps in-house legal departments develop opportunities to become profit centers through affirmative opt-out litigation and other creative recovery strategies. He is based in Washington D.C.
Craig Wenner represents clients in complex commercial litigation and government investigations. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving multidistrict litigation, class actions, antitrust violations, securities fraud, contract disputes, RICO, and insurance disputes. Recently, he has represented domestic and foreign plaintiffs in civil litigation to recover assets stolen and laundered in global racketeering conspiracies, and clients in criminal defense concerning allegations of financial fraud. He is based in New York City.
Joanna Wright has represented plaintiffs and defendants in litigation covering a broad range of matters, including antitrust, complex civil litigation, and criminal and white collar defense. She has first- or second-chaired multiple trial teams in both federal and state court. She represents clients in all stages of litigation, from pre-complaint investigation through appeals and has worked on multiple submissions to the Supreme Court. She also devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono matters, including constitutional class actions. She is based in New York City.
In addition, Alicia Fitch (New York City), Evelyn Fruchter (Armonk), and Michael Jacobs (London), were appointed counsel.