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David Boies


David Boies

David Boies
Boies at the 2011 Time 100 Gala
Born (1941-03-11) March 11, 1941
Marengo, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater University of Redlands
Northwestern University
Yale Law School
New York University
Occupation Attorney
Employer Boies, Schiller & Flexner
Spouse(s) Mary Schuman

David Boies (born March 11, 1941) is an American lawyer and chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.[1] He has been involved in various high-profile cases in the United States.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Professional history 2
    • Law firm 2.1
    • Government 2.2
    • Academia 2.3
    • Notable cases 2.4
  • Bibliography 3
  • Personal life 4
  • In popular culture 5
  • Philanthropy 6
  • Awards and honors 7
  • Criticism 8
  • References 9
  • Notes 10
  • External links 11

Early life and education

Boies was born in Sycamore, Illinois, to two teachers, and raised in a farming community.[2] He has four siblings. His first job was when he was 10 years old—a paper route with 120 customers. Boies has dyslexia and he did not learn to read until the third grade.[3] In 1954, the family moved to California. Boies graduated from Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, California. Boies attended the University of Redlands, received a B.S. from Northwestern University in 1964, a law degree magna cum laude from Yale Law School in 1966 and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law 1967; he was awarded an hononary LL.D. from the University of Redlands in 2000. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which is a museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.[4]

Professional history

Law firm

Boies, Schiller & Flexner headquarters in Armonk, New York

Boies was an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he started upon law school graduation in 1966 and became a partner in 1973. He left Cravath in 1997 after a major client objected to his representation of the New York Yankees even though the firm itself had found no conflict.[5] He left the firm within 48 hours of being informed of the client's objection and created his own firm, now known as Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. It is currently rated 17th in "overall prestige" and 12th among New York law firms by, a website on legal career information.


Boies was also Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Antitrust Subcommittee in 1978, and served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979.


Boies has taught courses at New York University Law School and Cardozo School of Law.

Notable cases

David Boies speaking about the Microsoft antitrust case at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
  • At Cravath, Boies assisted top litigator Thomas D. Barr in defending IBM in the 13-year antitrust cases brought by the Justice Department and many private competitors.
  • Also at Cravath, he represented the Justice Department in the Bill Gates said Boies was "out to destroy Microsoft."[7] In 2001, the Washington Monthly called Boies "a brilliant trial lawyer", "a latter-day Clarence Darrow," and "a mad genius" for his work on the Microsoft case.[6]
  • Boies represented Major League Baseball. This involved an action against all the teams. The Atlanta Braves were owned by Time Warner, a longtime Cravath client, who objected to his representation of the Yankees.
  • He defended CBS in the action brought by General William Westmoreland. The general abandoned his case during the trial.
  • Following the 2000 U.S. presidential election, he represented Vice President Al Gore in Bush v. Gore.[7]
  • Boies defended Napster when the company was sued by the RIAA for facilitating copyright infringement.
  • In November 2003, he represented Andrew Fastow, deposed Chief Financial Officer of Enron.
  • Boies was retained by the SCO Group, during the SCO-Linux controversies, in their pursuit of alleged infringement of their rights to the Unix intellectual properties.
  • In 2006, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP negotiated a major settlement with The American International Group on behalf of its client, C. V. Starr, a firm controlled by Maurice R. Greenberg, the former chairman and chief executive of A.I.G.[8]
  • Boies negotiated on behalf of American Express two of the highest civil antitrust settlements ever for an individual company: $2.25 billion from Visa, and $1.8 billion from MasterCard.[9]
  • Boies is representing filmmaker Michael Moore regarding a Treasury Department investigation into Moore's trip to Cuba while filming for Sicko.[10]
  • On June 24, 2009, following the California Supreme Court ruling on Strauss v. Horton, Boies joined former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, the opposing attorney in Bush v. Gore, in the lawsuit Perry v. Schwarzenegger seeking to overturn the state of California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage.[11] In August 2010, the District Court judge ruled in their clients' favor, finding Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the proponents of Proposition 8 did not have standing to challenge the ruling, allowing the District Court judgment to stand. Same-sex marriages resumed in California on June 28, 2013.
  • Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP assisted the government in obtaining a $155 million settlement from Medco Health Solutions related to a qui tam complaint which alleged that Medco, "systematically and intentionally switched patients' prescriptions in an effort to increase the market share for certain pharmaceutical manufacturers, and thereby increased hidden rebate payments it received from pharmaceutical manufacturers."[12] In response to the settlement, Mr. Boies said, "I am very happy that lawyers from Boies, Schiller & Flexner were able to contribute to the litigation and settlement of this qui tam case, which will result in important changes in the way pharmacy managers do business by increasing their level of accountability to their patients. We are also very happy we could help the government recover the money it was erroneously billed by Medco, and that Medco agreed to execute a Corporate Integrity Agreement which will govern their conduct in the future."[13]
  • On August 20, 2009 the Golden Gate Yacht Club announced that he had been retained in their ongoing dispute with Société Nautique de Genève regarding the 33rd America's Cup.[14]
  • In March, 2010, David Boies joined the team of attorneys representing Jamie McCourt in her divorce from Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.[15]
  • Boies was part of the legal team representing the National Football League in their antitrust litigation, Brady v. NFL.[16]
  • Boies represented the National Basketball Players Association during the 2011 NBA lockout. He joined sides with Jeffrey Kessler, who opposed Boies as a representative for the players in the 2011 NFL lockout.[17]
  • Boies was the lead counsel for Oracle Corporation in its lawsuit against Google on the use of Java (programming language) technology in the Android (operating system). The case decided that Google did not infringe on Oracle's patents.[18]
  • In 2012, Boies represented three tobacco companies, Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Liggett Group LLC in their appeal of a $2.5 million Tampa jury verdict in the death of smoker Charlotte Douglas.[19]
  • In late 2012, Boies defended Gary Jackson, former President of Academi, (previously known as BlackWater) in a Federal prosecution which alleges he and his co-defendants illegally hid firearm purchases from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives[20]


  • Redeeming the Dream (2014)

Personal life

Boies owns a home in Westchester County, New York,[21]Hawk and Horse Vineyards in Northern California, an oceangoing yacht, and a large wine collection.[22]

In popular culture

Boies was portrayed by actor 8.[25]


  • Professorial chairs:
    • $1.5 million to the Tulane University Law School to establish the "David Boies Distinguished Chair in Law." Two of Boies' children earned their law degrees at Tulane.[26]
    • A "David Boies Professor" was established at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently held by Professor of History and Sociology Thomas Sugrue. The professorship is named after David Boies' father, a high school teacher of government and economics.
    • A "David Boies Chair" at the Yale Law School was formerly held by Professor Robert Post before he became dean of the law school.
    • David and Mary Boies endowed a chair in government at the University of Redlands, the college that David Boies attended. Arthur Svenson currently holds this chair.
    • Mary and David Boies also endowed a "Maurice Greenberg Chair" at the Yale Law School.
  • David Boies and his wife, Mary, donated $5 Million to Northern Westchester Hospital, in Mount Kisco, New York. Part of an ongoing capital campaign, the Boies' money is being used to build the hospital's new emergency room.[27]

David and Mary Boies also fund the "Mary and David Boies Fellowships" for foreign students at the Harvard Kennedy School. The Boies give an annual picnic at their home for the incoming Teach for America corps for New York City (300–500 people). They support the Central European and Eurasian Law Institute (CEELI), a Prague-based institute that trains judges from newly democratized countries in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. There is a "Mary and David Boies Reading Room" at the CEELI Institute in Prague.

Awards and honors

  • Time Magazine named Boies "Lawyer of the Year" in 2000.[28] Boies was a runner-up to
  • Milton Gould Award for Outstanding Advocacy, October 1996
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from LD Access Foundation, October 2001
  • Outstanding Learning Disabled Achievers Award from the Lab School in Washington, DC
  • William Brennan, Jr. Award from the University of Virginia School of Law, 2002
  • Pinnacle Award, International Dyslexia Association, November 2005
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, New York Law School, 2007
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America


In his 2001 book, prosecutor and author Vincent Bugliosi criticized Boies' abilities as a trial lawyer, arguing that Boies "wasn't forceful or eloquent at all in making his points" in Bush v. Gore. "[A]lthough he seemed to have a very good grasp of the facts, he seemed completely incapable of drawing powerful, irresistible inferences from those facts that painted his opposition into a corner".[29]



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  • Cover Story, Forbes Magazine: "David Boies Takes on Eliot Spitzer in the Fight over AIG", by Daniel Fisher, Carrie Coolidge and Neil Weinberg, May 9, 2005
  • Cover Story, New York Magazine: "The Trials of David Boies Why one Superlawyer has a Hand in Virtually All the High-profile cases of the Day. And How Bush v. Gore became the One that Got Away" by Chris Smith, February 26, 2001
  • Cover Story, New York Times Sunday Magazine, "David Boies: The Wall Street Lawyer Everyone Wants" by Cary Reich, June 1, 1986
  • Newsweek Magazine: "Microsoft's Tormentor How an affable trial lawyer with an understated canniness is driving Gates & Co. to the wall", March 1, 1999
  • Vanity Fair "1999 Hall of Fame" December 1999
  • The Financial Observer: "The Golden Boies", by Renee Kaplan, September 18, 2000
  • Vanity Fair: "The Man who ate Microsoft" by David Margolick, March 2000
  • The National Law Journal: "Lawyer of the Year", January 3, 2000
  • Esquire Magazine: "What Does $750 an Hour Get You? A week in the datebook of David Boies" by Andrew Chaikivsky, May 2003
  • Vanity Fair: excerpt from David Boies book Courting Justice, September 2004
  • Anna Schneider-Mayerson. The Boies Family: Super-lawyer David Boies has been the go-to guy for legions of powerful people and institutions, including Al Gore, George Steinbrenner and CBS. Plus he's friends with both his ex-wives. New York Observer (Dec. 18, 2006)[1]
  • David Olive. Betrayal catches Black by surprise. Toronto Star (Nov. 24, 2003)[2]


  • Courting Justice: From New York Yankees vs. Major League Baseball to Bush vs. Gore, 1997–2000 (Miramax Books, 2004) ISBN 0-7868-6838-4
  • v. Goliath: The Trials of David Boies, by Karen Donovan (Pantheon, 2005) ISBN 0-375-42113-0


  1. ^ Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Corporate Website
  2. ^ Newman, R.K. (2009). The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law. Yale University Press. p. 57.  
  3. ^ Zuckerman, Laurence (November 4, 2001). "Private Sector; For a Hardened Lawyer, A Tender Personal Moment". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "National Constitution Center, Board of Trustees". National Constitution Center Web Site. National Constitution Center. July 26, 2010. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Why David Boies Left Cravath - Businessweek". Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Andrew Cockburn, "Gates of Hell" (review of Pride Before the Fall': The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era, by John Heileman), in Washington Monthly, March 2001, p. 53; Brendan I. Koerner, "Fatal Rrror," (review of World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies, by Ken Auletta), in Washington Monthly, March 2001, p. 54.
  7. ^ a b  
  8. ^ Anderson, Jenny. "Insurer and Ex-Chief’s Firm Settle 18 Cases" The New York Times: 6 Dec 2006.
  9. ^ The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2008.
  10. ^ Boies, Schiller & Flexner Defends Michael Moore Against Federal Investigation into "Sicko"
  11. ^ Williams, Carol J. (May 26, 2009). "Bush vs. Gore rivals challenge Prop. 8 in federal court".  
  12. ^ Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, and the U.S. Government Settle $155 Million False Claims Act Case Against Medco Health Solutions. PharmaLive News
  13. ^ Ibid.
  14. ^ GGYC Statement – August 20, 2009
  15. ^ Silverman, Billy (March 9, 2010). "Jamie McCourt Retains Famed Trial Lawyer David Boies". Huffington Post. 
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ Belson, Ken (November 14, 2011). "Lawyer for N.F.L. in Lockout Joins Players in N.B.A. Fight". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 14, 2011. 
  18. ^ Jury verdict: Android doesn't infringe Oracle's patents Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  19. ^ "Florida justices hear arguments in smoker's death |, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times". Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Exclusive: Erik Prince on Blackwater’s Secret CIA Past - The Daily Beast". Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Hawk and Horse Vineyards - David Boies". Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Get Me Boies!" TIME magazine
  23. ^ "Recount (TV Movie 2008) - IMDb". Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Proposition 8 Trial Re-Enactment (TV Series 2010– ) - IMDb". Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  25. ^ "8 (Video 2012) - IMDb". Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Ace attorney gives Tulane 'extraordinary' $1.5M gift"
  27. ^ "Northern Westchester Hospital gets $5 million pledge from lawyer couple" The Journal News. 10-31-06
  28. ^ "Person Of The Year 2009". Time. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  29. ^ The Betrayal of America

External links

  • Biography from Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.
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