Media and Ethics Experts Critical Of Josh Riley’s Law Firm To Protect Harvey Weinstein

Catskill, NY – While living in Washington, Josh Riley was a partner at a top law firm that worked to defend Harvey Weinstein and discredit victims of sexual violence.


The actions of his law firm were so questionable that The New York Times called their behavior “inexcusable.” Additionally, NBC News reported that legal and ethics experts believed his law firm crossed the line. But, Josh Riley stayed silent, continued working as a highly respected partner at the law firm, and accepted the revenue that Weinstein brought to his law firm.


“Josh Riley does not stand for women’s rights, as he profited from the actions of his law firm to silence and discredit women who were victims of the abusive behavior of Harvey Weinstein,” said Will Dawson, campaign manager for MarcMolinaro. “Ethics experts agree that his firm crossed the line, but rather than leaving, Riley just stayed and kept collecting money from unethical practices and why we could never trust him in Congress.”


BACKGROUND


Josh Riley’s firm aided Harvey Weinstein’s in his push to suppress allegations that he sexually assaulted numerous women. “Beyond Riley's corporate clients, the Democrat's stint at Boies Schiller Flexner came at a controversial time for the law firm. In the fall of 2016 … the firm aided Harvey Weinstein in his quest to suppress allegations that the disgraced Hollywood mogul sexually assaulted numerous women.” (The Washington Free Beacon, 09/16/22)


NY Times Blasts David Boies’ Firm for ‘Inexcusable’ Efforts to Block Harvey Weinstein Story. “‘We learned today that the law firm of Boies Schiller and Flexner secretly worked to stop our reporting on Harvey Weinstein at the same time as the firm’s lawyers were representing us in other matters,’ Eileen Murphy, a New York Times spokesperson, told TheWrap. ‘We consider this intolerable conduct, a grave betrayal of trust, and a breach of the basic professional standards that all lawyers are required to observe,’ she continued. ‘It is inexcusable, and we will be pursuing appropriate remedies.’” (The Wrap, 11/06/17)


According to NBC News, ethics experts said Harvey Weinstein’s Law Firm of Boies, Schuller, and Flexer crossed the line. “Legal and ethics experts on Tuesday were largely critical of a once-highly respected lawyer, [and law firm] who helped hire investigators employing questionable tactics to stop the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse allegations from coming to light.” (NBC News, 11/08/17)


The New York Times fired Josh Riley’s law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, who worked with Harvey Weinstein. “The New York Times fired lawyer David Boies' firm Tuesday after learning it tried to halt the newspaper's investigation into sexual harassment charges against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein while also representing the newspaper on other matters.” (CBS News, 11/08/17)