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Former U.S. Attorney David Shapiro is leaving the Justice Department to join David Boies’ firm and will immerse himself in several high-profile cases. Shapiro will join the recently established Oakland, Calif., office of Armonk, N,Y.-based Boies, Schiller & Flexner. The office currently has two partners — also plucked from the ranks of the federal government. Shapiro said he is excited about the move and will begin work this week on a roster of cases that Boies secured over the last few months. “They’re doing a tremendous amount of stuff,” Shapiro said. “It’s a litigation boutique firm doing the biggest investigations and cases in the country.” Oakland partner John Cove Jr. said he was glad to have Shapiro aboard. Although Cove declined to be specific about the cases Shapiro would work on, he did say that Shapiro would be busy. “We have a number of clients that have a variety of issues that are multifaceted problems,” Cove said. “David can step right in and help with those,” Cove said. “With his talents as a trial lawyer and his experience with all types of crimes, particularly financial crimes … he can be of tremendous value to our clients.” According to a source close to Shapiro, the former prosecutor has been brought aboard to help the firm in several headline-grabbing cases, including financial scandals at Tyco International and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into Qwest Communications International. Boies has been expanding his firm at breakneck speed over the last several years, ever since he joined the Justice Department’s successful prosecution of Microsoft Corp. for antitrust violations. The firm now has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire and Florida, where it merged with Miami firm Zack Koznitsky. Boies had worked with partner Stephen Zack during Florida’s 2000 presidential election debacle. Boies has taken on several high-profile cases since then, including a shareholder suit against Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses, a defense of online music-swapping pioneer Napster against copyright violations charges and, most famously, Bush v. Gore. Boies opened up an Oakland office last year after hiring two lawyers from the Justice Department’s San Francisco antitrust outpost. Steven Holtzman and Cove both worked with Boies during the Microsoft prosecution. Since at least May, when the company announced the resignation of Chairman John Rigas, Boies’ firm has been representing Adelphia Communications Corp., the cable provider forced into bankruptcy by an accounting scandal. Rigas was arrested in June. Shortly afterward, Adelphia — the company Rigas built from the ground up — filed suit against him for allegedly diverting money to his family. Boies, Schiller & Flexner is representing the company in that case. Boies’ firm also represents other scandal-ridden companies facing inquiries from the federal government. He recently relinquished his representation of former Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow. John Keker of San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest now represents Fastow. Shapiro has extensive experience prosecuting cases for the federal government, including one of the first federal death penalty cases. He was recruited to come to San Francisco by FBI Director Robert Mueller, the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. Shapiro is widely believed to have wanted to replace Mueller, a post which was awarded to Kevin Ryan, following a lengthy search during which Shapiro served as Northern California interim top cop. Shapiro had been rumored to be heading back to Washington, D.C., but said recently he’d decided against it.

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