Responding to a purported domestic disturbance, Ross, Calif. cops arrested attorney Joshua Schiller on suspicion of domestic violence. Schiller is the brother-in-law of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Schiller, 40, is married to Newsom’s sister-in-law Melissa Siebel Schiller (the sister of Newsom’s wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom). The arrest in the upscale Marin County town just north of San Francisco, and which is just surfacing in the news, occurred at about 11 p.m. on January 13.
Schiller was booked in the Marin County Jail and later released after being taken into custody on “suspicion of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant.” Officers on the scene reportedly determined that the victim had only minor visible injuries which did not necessitate immediate medical care. The case is pending further review by local prosecutors.
Schiller’s lawyer Douglas Horngrad expressed confidence that authorities would ultimately drop the case, according to the Mercury News. “This was a misunderstanding and both Mr. and Mrs. Schiller have made clear to me that he did not physically harm her. There was no instance of domestic violence.”
Through Horngrad’s office, the couple released a statement with a similar theme: “This is a private matter between us. We love and respect each other. We are partners and will move beyond this together.”
UPDATE: Attorney for Joshua Schiller, @bsfllp partner arrested by #RossPD on suspicion of domestic violence, issues statement, as do Schiller and his wife, who is sister-in-law of Gov. @GavinNewsom pic.twitter.com/qxFRJY5iUJ
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) January 16, 2021
Schiller is now on a leave of absence from the Boies Schiller Flexner law firm, where he is a partner. He is the son of firm co-founder Jonathan Schiller who launched the shop in 1997 with Bush v. Gore attorney David Boies.
The firm indicated that it is conducting a review of the situation “to better understand what happened” on the night in question at the Schiller residence.
With 300-plus lawyers and 11 offices, including in San Francisco, Boies Schiller Flexner describes itself as “a firm of internationally recognized trial lawyers, crisis managers, and strategic advisors known for our creative, aggressive, and efficient pursuit of success for our clients.”
The younger Schiller is reportedly one of the attorneys who litigated the case that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
As this is a developing story, check back for updates.
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