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Areas of Practice
New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1967
Yale Law School, LL.B., magna cum laude, 1966
Northwestern University, B.S., 1964
University of Redlands, Phi Beta Kappa, 1960-1962
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals: First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Federal, and District of Columbia Circuits
United States District Courts: Southern and Eastern District of New York and the District of Colorado
United States Court of International Trade
Since 1997 Mr. Boies has been the Chairman of Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP, a law firm with offices in New York, Washington D.C., California, Florida, Nevada, and New Hampshire. Prior to 1997 Mr. Boies was a partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore.
Mr. Boies has been selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine (2010). He is the recipient of Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Redlands (2000) and New York Law School (2007) and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Chicago Theological Seminary (2011). 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 Torch of Learning Award from the American Friends of Hebrew University, the Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award from the Union for Reform Judaism, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Center for Justice.
Mr. Boies has been named the Litigator of the Year by the American Lawyer; the 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; Best Lawyers in America from 1987-2012; Lawdragon 500; the Global Commercial Litigator of the Year by Who's Who International an unprecedented six times; and a Star Individual by Chambers USA.
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 1986, representing the Democratic National Committee, he won a permanent injunction prohibiting the Republican National Committee from targeting minority districts with efforts to challenge voter qualifications. 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. Mr. Boies also served as the lead counsel for former Vice-President Al Gore in connection with litigation relating to the 2000 election Florida vote count. As co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, he won judgments establishing the constitutional right to marry for gay and lesbian citizens in California in the federal district (2010) and appellate (2011 and 2012) courts.
Representative clients include Altria, American Express, Barclays, Barnes & Noble, DuPont, NASCAR, New York Yankees, Oracle, Oxbow Carbon, Sony, Starr International, and The Weinstein Company.
Mr. Boies was born in Sycamore, Illinois on March 11, 1941. He attended the University of Redlands (1960-62), and received a B.S. from Northwestern University (1964), an LL.B., magna cum laude from Yale University (1966), and an LL.M. 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 the National Constitution Center, 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 Courting Justice, published by Miramax in 2004 and Public Control of Business (with Paul Verkuil), published by Little Brown in 1977. He has taught courses at New York University LawSchool and Cardozo Law School.
Boies, Schiller Hires Litigator David Bernick
Thompson Reuters | August 15, 2012
With Stakes High, N.F.L. Relies on a Star Lawyer
New York Times | April 3, 2011
Jury Rules SAP Owes Oracle $1.3 Billion
Wall Street Journal | November 24, 2010
David Boies: Corporate America's No. 1 Hired Gun
Fortune | October 20, 2010
Boies at Play
New Yorker | January 26, 2010
In Battle of the Super Litigators, Boies Trumps Wells
Wall Street Journal | July 7, 2009
Greenberg Logs Victory in AIG Case, for Now at Least
Wall Street Journal | June 26, 2009
AmEx Gets $1.8 Billion in Suit
Wall Street Journal | July 8, 2008
AmEx, Boies, Land Another Huge Antitrust Settlement
Wall Street Journal | June 26, 2008
The Man Who Ate Microsoft
Vanity Fair | March 2003
Selected Professional Awards and AssociationsAmerican Bar Association
American Bar Foundation
New York State Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
New York Bar Foundation
London Court of International Arbitration
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Board of Trustees, National Constitution Center
Trustee, St. Luke's/Roosevelt Medical Center
Trustee, Continuum Health Partners, Inc.
Honorary Board, National Association of Urban Debate Leagues
Selected Publications and Presentations
Courting Justice (Miramax, 2004)
Public Control of Business (Little Brown, 1977)
Government ServiceSpecial Trial Counsel, United States Department of Justice, United States v. Microsoft, 1998-2000
Counsel to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., 1991-1993
Chief Counsel and Staff Director, of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, 1979
Chief Counsel and Staff Director, United States Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, 1978