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Hamish P. M. Hume

Washington, DC

t: 202 274 1149
f: 202 237 6131
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Areas of Practice




Constitutional Law and First Amendment / Mass Media

Health Care



University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1994; Member, University of Virginia Law Review

Oxford University, B.A., Jurisprudence, 1992; Oxford Rowing Blue, 1991 and 1992

Yale University, B.A., cum laude, Humanities, 1990; Distinction in the Major; Captain, Yale Heavyweight Rowing

Language Spoken



New York and the District of Columbia

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals: Second, Ninth, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits

United States District Courts: Southern District of New York, District of Columbia, and Maryland

United States Court of Federal Claims and United States Tax Court

Hamish Hume is an experienced trial and appellate litigator, who has argued, tried, and won important cases in courts throughout the country.  He has substantial expertise in constitutional law and tax law, but has also successfully litigated cases in a broad array of other areas, including antitrust, bankruptcy, the Administrative Procedure Act, foreign sovereign immunity, intellectual property, and general commercial disputes. In 2012, Mr. Hume was named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Mr. Hume’s accomplishments include the following:

  • Managed and led trial team representing Barclays Capital in its successful defense against a $13 billion claim by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate and creditors committee, arguing all evidentiary motions and handling a third of the witnesses in the six-month trial
  • First chair trial lawyer who led and won the expert phase of a $5 billion valuation dispute between Barclays and Lehman
  • Argued and won a $500 million summary judgment motion in a breach of contract case between Barclays and Lehman
  • Successfully represented CBS Outdoor in obtaining an injunction pending appeal to enjoin a taking of private property for a non-public use (obtained after and despite the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision)
  • Lead lawyer in successful representation of New York Life in rescinding “investor-owned life insurance” policies
  • Cross-examined fact and expert witnesses in a successful trial resulting in a $109 million judgment against the United States on behalf of a failed savings and loan
  • Presented closing argument in a trial resulting in a $72 million judgment for human rights victims
  • Has argued numerous summary judgment motions in federal and state court, and numerous appeals in U.S. courts of appeals, throughout the country

The cases Mr. Hume has handled have had unusually high stakes: he has successfully litigated several cases where the amounts at issue exceeded a billion dollars; he has represented State governments and officials, including a State Governor, in defending the constitutionality of voting laws and health care programs; he has cross-examined and defended the depositions of CEOs and other senior executives of Fortune 500 companies, a former United States Senator, and a variety of expert witnesses; and he has represented human rights victims against the President and ruling party of Zimbabwe.

Prior to joining Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Mr. Hume was a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm of Cooper & Kirk. While at Cooper & Kirk, Mr. Hume worked on constitutional cases, APA cases, and on more than half a dozen Supreme Court cases.  

Mr. Hume also has substantial experience in tax law. Prior to joining Cooper & Kirk, Mr. Hume was associated from 1994 to 1997 with Ivins, Phillips & Barker, where he worked successfully on a variety of complex tax matters.


"On the Cadillac tax: 'Dare Greatly'," The Hill, October 7, 2015


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