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Litigation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Jonathan D Schiller is a longstanding figure with a wealth of experience in class action proceedings, antitrust litigation, white-collar cases and damage claims.

Biography

Jonathan Schiller is a co-founder and managing partner of Boies Schiller Flexner. He has led the firm’s recent expansion in London; Washington, DC; and California. His substantial litigation successes for the firm include co-lead counsel for the class action plaintiffs in the In Re Vitamins antitrust litigation, which the presiding judge determined "uncovered the illegal actions of vitamins manufacturers across the globe", and in which a record antitrust settlement of $1.05 billion was achieved for the class. Who’s Who Legal recognised Mr Schiller as one of its most highly regarded individuals, naming him “the real deal” in their listing of the top 10 international commercial litigators for 2011. Who’s Who Legal has continued to recognise Mr Schiller as an international leader in litigation (2012–2018).

In 2020, Mr. Schiller led the successful defence of Barclays in US Federal District Court in securing dismissal of In re: ICE LIBOR Antitrust Litigation lawsuit.  From 2012-2018, Mr. Schiller led the successful defence of Barclays in bankruptcy court in New York against a $13 billion claim from the Lehman Brothers Estate, stemming from its purchase of the North American operations of Lehman Brothers, and has recovered in excess of $9 billion for Barclays through 2018, including most recently £250 million from Lehman in the LBIE litigation through London courts. Mr Schiller is currently leading the defence of Barclays of billions of dollars of claims in LIBOR class actions in SDNY following the bank’s $453 million LIBOR settlement in 2012.

On behalf of the Major League Baseball Club, the Baltimore Orioles, Mr. Schiller successfully obtained in 2019 the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the Washington Nationals against the Orioles seeking to enjoin an AAA arbitration commenced by the Orioles.  After oral argument on the Nationals’ Order to Show Cause in support of a Temporary Restraining Order, the state trial court not only denied the TRO.  On appeal, Mr. Schiller secured a unanimous affirmation of the trial court’s ruling by the Appellate Division in 2020.  He has successfully represented the New York Yankees in litigation against Major League Baseball and StubHub, and in disputes with the New York Attorney General during the period 2015-2019.

He represents OPAP, a global gaming company, in ongoing disputes with the Hellenic Republic (Greek state). Mr Schiller successfully prosecuted an international arbitration claim in 2017 on behalf of OPAP in the Court of International Arbitration over the Greek state’s appropriation of valuable licence rights in the Greek lottery.

Mr. Schiller successfully represented Claimants in an ICC proceeding in Zurich in a dispute concerning control of a Central European gaming company and breach by Respondent of the shareholder agreement.  Following public evidence of allegations of Respondent’s corruption of public officials and the commencement of parallel criminal investigations against its officers, the arbitration was successfully concluded.  Claimants were able to confirm their entire interest in and majority control over the gaming and casino company.

As appellate counsel in a high-profile divorce in New York, Mr Schiller achieved unanimous victories over attempts to confirm the fair and equitable trial court’s distribution of artworks valued at over $800 million dollars.

Mr Schiller represents fantasy sports website DraftKings in various jurisdictions over the legality of the multibillion-dollar daily fantasy sports business. New York, Massachusetts, and other states subsequently legalised this activity.

Mr Schiller won a March 2014 FINRA arbitration award for Goldman Sachs in California that rejected US$300 million in claims of fraud brought by co-founders of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Mr Schiller successfully defended Goldman Sachs & Co in 2006 against New York Stock Exchange seat holders who sought to enjoin NYSE’s merger with Archipelago Holdings.

Mr Schiller was lead counsel for the successful defence of the Bank of New York Mellon against a US$22.5 billion RICO claim brought by the Russian Federal Customs Service in the Moscow Arbitration Court. After two years of litigation, including a trial in Moscow, the case was settled for US$14 million – less than 1 per cent of claimed damages. The result was hailed by the analyst community as a “grand slam home run”.

While maintaining full litigation and management responsibilities at BSF, Mr. Schiller recently finished his five-year term as chair of the board of trustees of Columbia University.  He is now Chair Emeritus.

In 2012, Mr Schiller received the Alexander Hamilton Medal for “distinguished service and accomplishment” from Columbia College. In 2006, Mr Schiller received the John Jay Award for “distinguished professional achievement” from Columbia College, and in 2017 was named an inaugural Legend of Ivy League Basketball for “achievements and contributions to the Ivy League”. He was elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation “in recognition of professional attainment, and distinguished service”, has been a member of the Milan Chamber of Commerce national and international arbitration club of arbitrators for 22 years, and is national membership chair of the US Supreme Court Historical Society.

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