Since 1997 Mr Boies has been the chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Prior to 1997 Mr Boies was a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Mr Boies is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from New York University, the University of Redlands, New York Law School, and the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary.
Mr Boies has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine. He has been named Global International Litigator of the Year by Who’s Who Legal an unprecedented seven times, as well as Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer; Lawyer of the Year by The National Law Journal; runner-up Person of the Year by Time magazine; the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the New York Bar Association; and a Star Individual by Chambers USA. He has also been included in Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years. In 2013, he was named one of the Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years by The American Lawyer.
His awards include the Award of Merit from the Yale Law School, the ABA Medal from the American Bar Association, the Vanderbilt Medal from New York University Law School, the Pinnacle Award from the International Dyslexia Association, the William Brennan Award from the University of Virginia, the Role Model Award from Equality Forum, the Lead by Example Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award from the Union for Reform Judaism, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Center for Justice, the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, and the Award for Public Service from the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Mr Boies served as chief counsel and staff director of the United States Senate antitrust subcommittee in 1978 and chief counsel and staff director of the United States Senate judiciary committee in 1979.
In 1991–1993, Mr Boies was counsel to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, recovering $1.2 billion from companies who sold junk bonds to failed savings and loan associations. In 1998–2000, he served as special trial counsel for the United States Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft.
In 2000, Mr Boies served as the lead counsel for former Vice-President Al Gore in connection with litigation relating to the Florida vote count. In 2009–2014, as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v Brown, he won a judgment establishing for the first time the federal constitutional right for gay and lesbian citizens to marry.
Mr Boies was born in Sycamore, Illinois on 11 March 1941. He attended the University of Redlands (1960–1962), and received a BS from Northwestern University (1964), an LLB, magna cum laude from Yale University (1966) and an LLM from New York University (1967).
Mr Boies is a member of Phi Beta Kappa; a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; and a trustee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York University Law School Foundation, and St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Mr Boies is the author of numerous publications including Public Control of Business (with Paul Verkuil), published by Little Brown in 1977; Courting Justice, published by Miramax in 2004; and Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (with Theodore Olson), published by Viking in 2014. He has taught courses at New York University Law School and Cardozo Law School.
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