Heather King was once the top lawyer of Theranos, the blood-testing company that promised to revolutionize health care with its breakthrough technology.
But after the company collapsed under fraud allegations, King left her partnership at Boies Schiller Flexner, one of the most prestigious law firms in the country.
Where is she now? And what does she think of the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes?
King’s Relationship with Holmes; Theranos
King joined Theranos in 2015 as its general counsel after working as a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP for over a decade.
Going into Theranos, she was Holmes’ close ally initially hired to defend the company against the investigations and lawsuits following the explosive expose by The Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou.
King also sat on Theranos’s board of directors, along with David Boies, the founder of Boies Schiller Flexner and another loyal Holmes supporter.
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Project Theranos – An All-in-one Blood Test
Holmes founded Theranos in 2003 when she was 19. The company’s brainchild was Edison, a proprietary laboratory device that could test for hundreds of diseases using a single drop of blood.
And Holmes went around Silicon Valley looking for seed money for her start-up.
However, in 2017, her maiden project as a freshman at Stanford collapsed like a house of cards.
Investigative journalist John Carreyou set in motion the domino effect after outlining the start-up’s misdeeds.
Carreyou’s reporting led to Theranos’ colossal and unprecedented downfall.
The company was now under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Justice.
Nonetheless, Holmes was prepared to see out the fight. She had nine law firms on retainer to see out the dogfight, including the formidable Boies Schiller Flexner, where King worked.
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Heather King’s Current Whereabouts
King left Theranos in 2018, shortly before the company shut down and a federal grand jury indicted Holmes.
She also left Boies Schiller Flexner in 2021, reportedly to take an in-house position at an undisclosed company.
King has not publicly commented on the trial of Holmes, which began in September 2021.
However, she was listed as a potential witness for both the prosecution and the defense, along with Boies and other former Theranos executives and board members.
Currently, it’s hard to speculate where Heather King landed.
She has little to no engagement on social media. Also, attorney-client privilege prevents her from talking about the Theranos case.
But according to her LinkedIn page, she is an independent associate at Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
As for Holmes, the jury issued her verdict in early January 2022.
The court found her guilty on four charges out of 11 charges of defrauding investors.
She was also found not guilty of further charges to defraud patients and conspiracy to defraud patients.
Heather King was once at the center of one of the biggest corporate scandals in history as the legal chief of Theranos and a trusted confidant of Elizabeth Holmes. Now, she is out of the spotlight, working for a different company and avoiding the media attention.
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