In today’s Lawyerly Lairs column, we’ll step inside the beautiful home of a Biglaw partner — a name partner at an Am Law and Vault 100 firm, in fact. There aren’t many of those folks still around, since most of the nation’s largest and most prestigious firms are so old. Paul Cravath died in 1940, in case you’re wondering.
But there are a few Biglaw name partners around — at (relatively) young, super-profitable firms, like Wachtell Lipton, Quinn Emanuel, and Boies Schiller. And these lawyers own some fabulous real estate.
Which they sometimes put on the market. Let’s look at the next item up for bids: the D.C. home of a leading litigator, on the market for $4.85 million….
Jonathan Schiller, co-founder and managing partner of Boies Schiller & Flexner, has put his Washington house up for sale. I’ve spoken with Schiller before, most recently to discuss BSF’s high-profile hires in D.C., so when I heard about his house hitting the market, I sent a query his way.
I wondered whether, now that he’s based in New York, he didn’t need such a (gigantic) pied-a-terre in Washington. That was basically right, as Schiller explained to me:
I do live in NY and maintain the DC house, where I stay when I work in DC. As none of my children now grown are living in Washington, I have decided to sell it. It is a lovely house and should be lived in and enjoyed full time, in my view.
“Lovely” is an understatement. And yet, this is definitely a house intended for full-time living. Let’s explore, shall we?