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David Boies

David Boies

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP333 Main StreetArmonkUSA10504
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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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Competition - Plaintiff 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

David Boies is a keystone of the US competition and litigation markets, and wins recognition from respondents across the US and Europe for his work in the space. He has led on some of the most complex and high-profile competition matters in the US.

Biography

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 Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees 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; Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the New York Bar Association; and a Star Individual by Chambers USA. He has been named in Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years, and in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers from 2005–2019; and 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 ABA Medal from the American Bar Association, the Award of Merit from the Yale Law School, 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 US Senate antitrust subcommittee in 1978 and chief counsel and staff director of the US Senate judiciary committee in 1979.

In 1991–1993, Mr Boies was counsel to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, recovering US$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 US 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 2009–2013, as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v Brown, he won a judgment establishing for the first time the United States constitutional right for gay and lesbian citizens to marry.

Mr Boies recovered a record US$4 billion for his client American Express in its landmark antitrust case against Visa and MasterCard; successfully defended NASCAR in antitrust litigation that charged NASCAR with monopolising the market for championship auto racing; won a jury verdict for his client Starr International in a case against AIG over the ownership of US$4.5 billion in disputed assets; and won a US$1.3 billion jury verdict for his client Oracle against SAP for copyright infringement.

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) (Little Brown, 1977); Courting Justice (Miramax, 2004), and Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (with Theodore Olson) (Viking, 2014). He has taught courses at New York University Law School and Cardozo Law School.

Litigation 2018

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

David Boies is a superb litigator who continues to be one of the best-known names in the US market. He has deep experience across a range of sectors including technology and financial services.

Biography

Mr Boies is the chairman of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. 

Mr Boies is the recipient of Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees 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 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 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; and the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the New York Bar Association. 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, and the Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award from the Union for Reform Judaism.

Mr Boies served as chief counsel and staff director of the United States Senate antitrust subcommittee in 1978 and 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 2009–2013, 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.

Clients he has successfully defended in major court battles include Barclays, CBS, HSBC, Lloyds, NASCAR, Starr International and the New York Yankees. Clients for whom as plaintiffs he has recovered more than $1 billion include American Express, Barclays, the FDIC, Oracle, and Starr International. Mr Boies has also served as lead and co-lead counsel in several class actions in which the class recovered more than $1billion, including In Re Vitamins Litigation MDL 1285 and In Re Takata Airbags Product Liability Litigation MDL 2599.

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 (Little Brown, 1977), Courting Justice (Miramax, 2004), and Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality (Viking, 2014).

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