David Boies

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David Boies
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Boies at the 2011 Time 100 gala
Born (1941-03-11) March 11, 1941 (age 77)
Sycamore, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater Northwestern University (BS)
Yale University (JD)
New York University (LLM)
Occupation Lawyer
Employer Boies, Schiller & Flexner
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Caryl Louise Maniscalco[1]
Mary Schuman

David Boies (born March 11, 1941) is an American lawyer and chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.[2] He has been involved in various high-profile cases in the United States, including United States v. Microsoft Corp., Bush v. Gore, Hollingsworth v. Perry, representation of Theranos and the defense of Harvey Weinstein against sexual abuse allegations.

Early life[edit]

Boies was born in Sycamore, Illinois,[3] to two teachers, and raised in a farming community.[4] 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.[5]

Journalist Malcolm Gladwell has described the unique processes of reading and learning Boies experienced due to his dyslexia. Boies's mother, for instance, would read stories to him when he was a child and Boies would memorize them because he could not follow the words on the page.[6]

In 1954, the family moved to California. Boies graduated from Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, California. Boies attended the University of Redlands from 1960–62,[7] received a B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1964, a J.D. degree magna cum laude from Yale Law School in 1966 and an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law 1967; he was awarded an honorary LL.D. from the University of Redlands in 2000.[7]

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.[8]

Professional history[edit]

Law firm[edit]

Boies was an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he started upon law school graduation in 1966 and became a partner in 1973.[citation needed] He left Cravath in 1997 when a major client objected to his representation of the New York Yankees even though the firm itself had found no conflict.[9] 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 Vault.com, a website on legal career information.[citation needed]

Notable cases[edit]

Criticism[edit]

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".[32]

In 2017, Boies' firm reportedly directed private intelligence company Black Cube to spy on alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse and on reporters who were investigating Weinstein's actions.[33] Over the course of a year, Weinstein had Black Cube and other agencies "“target,” or collect information on, dozens of individuals, and compile psychological profiles that sometimes focussed on their personal or sexual histories." [34][35][36] A few days later, The New York Times announced it had “terminated its relationship” with Boies' firm.[37]

According to The Wall Street Journal, Boies negotiated Harvey Weinstein’s contract without saying to Weinstein Co. Directors he had investment in the company’s movies.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Boies owns a home in Westchester County, New York,[39] Hawk and Horse Vineyards in Northern California, an oceangoing yacht, and a large wine collection.[40]

Boies is dyslexic.[41] He is frequently described as having a photographic memory that enables him to recite exact text, page numbers, and legal exhibits. Colleagues attribute his courtroom success in part to this ability.[42][43]

Philanthropy[edit]

  • Professorial chairs:
    • Daryl Levinson is the "David Boies Professor of Law" at New York University School of Law.
    • $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.[44]
    • 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.[45]

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[edit]

  • Time Magazine named Boies "Lawyer of the Year" in 2000.[46]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sonomawest.com/sonoma_west_times_and_news/tributes/obituaries/caryl-louise-maniscalco/article_fb085564-c277-11e8-8a78-1fd7ca55b632.html
  2. ^ "Boies Schiller Flexner". Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.
  3. ^ "David Boies profile". bsfllp.com. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Newman, R.K. (2009). The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law. Yale University Press. p. 57. ISBN 9780300113006. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Zuckerman, Laurence (November 4, 2001). "Private Sector; For a Hardened Lawyer, A Tender Personal Moment". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  6. ^ Gladwell, Malcolm (2013). David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. New York: Little, Brown and Company, p. 107.
  7. ^ a b Cappis, Greg (2013-03-26). "David Boies, presenting case to Supreme Court, has ties to Redlands". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  8. ^ "National Constitution Center, Board of Trustees". National Constitution Center Web Site. National Constitution Center. July 26, 2010. Archived from the original on July 27, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  9. ^ "Why David Boies Left Cravath - Businessweek". businessweek.com. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  10. ^ 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 Heilemann), in Washington Monthly, March 2001, p. 53; Brendan I. Koerner, "Fatal Error", (review of World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies, by Ken Auletta), in Washington Monthly, March 2001, p. 54.
  11. ^ a b Tapper, Jake (November 19, 2000). "Boies vs. Olson". Salon. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  12. ^ Karen Donovan, V. Goliath: The Trials of David Boies (NY: Pantheon, 2005), 46–60.
  13. ^ Anderson, Jenny (6 December 2006). "Insurer and Ex-Chief's Firm Settle 18 Cases" – via NYTimes.com.
  14. ^ Smythe, Christie. "How Boies Did It: Relentless Focus on the U.S. Unfairness to AIG". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  15. ^ The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2008. wsj.com/law
  16. ^ "Boies, Schiller & Flexner Defends Michael Moore Against Federal Investigation into "Sicko"". Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.
  17. ^ Williams, Carol J. (May 26, 2009). "Bush vs. Gore rivals challenge Prop. 8 in federal court". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 26, 2009.
  18. ^ "Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, and the U.S. Government Settle $155 Million False Claims Act Case Against Medco Health Solutions. PharmaLive News".[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Ibid".[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "GGYC Statement – August 20, 2009". Archived from the original on August 15, 2009.
  21. ^ Silverman, Billy (March 9, 2010). "Jamie McCourt Retains Famed Trial Lawyer David Boies". Huffington Post.
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ 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 15, 2011.
  24. ^ Jury verdict: Android doesn't infringe Oracle's patents cnet.com Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  25. ^ "Florida justices hear arguments in smoker's death | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times". www2.tbo.com. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  26. ^ "Exclusive: Erik Prince on Blackwater's Secret CIA Past - The Daily Beast". thedailybeast.com. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  27. ^ Gangel, Jamie; Stelter, Brian (October 12, 2017). "Can the company Harvey Weinstein founded survive his scandal?". CNN. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  28. ^ Twohey, Megan (11 October 2017). "Weinstein Company Was Aware of Payouts in 2015". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  29. ^ Solomon, Steven Davidoff (2 February 2016). "David Boies's Dual Roles at Theranos Set Up Conflict". The New York Times' Dealbook. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  30. ^ Perry, Douglas (October 3, 2017). "Electoral-college reform would have defeated Donald Trump; now some Republicans back effort, seek action before 2020". The Oregonian. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  31. ^ Beeson, Ed. "David Boies Could Be Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones' Hail Mary - Law360". Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  32. ^ The Betrayal of America
  33. ^ Farrow, Ronan (6 November 2017). "Harvey Weinstein's Army of Spies". The New Yorker. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  34. ^ Ronan Farrow, Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies. New Yorker November 6, 2017 https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-army-of-spies
  35. ^ Harvey Weinstein Hired ex-Mossad Agents to Track Women Accusing Him of Sexual Assault. Haaretz November 7, 2017 https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.821445
  36. ^ Jim Rutenberg. Nov. 7, 2017. “Report Details Weinstein’s Covert Attempt to Halt Publication of Accusations New York Times” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/us/harvey-weinstein-new-yorker.html?_r=0
  37. ^ Rebecca Shapiro. Nov. 11, 2017. “New York Times Fires David Boies’ Law Firm Over ‘Reprehensible’ Work For Weinstein” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-york-times-fires-law-firm-david-boies-harvey-weinstein_us_5a02711ee4b04e96f0c64720
  38. ^ Keach Hagey. Nov. 13, 2017. “Weinstein Co. Directors Dispute Lawyer David Boies’s Role” https://www.wsj.com/articles/weinstein-co-directors-dispute-lawyer-david-boiess-role-1510618918
  39. ^ "Hawk and Horse Vineyards - David Boies". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2013-04-10. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  40. ^ "Get Me Boies!" TIME magazine
  41. ^ http://dyslexia.yale.edu/boies.html
  42. ^ "The Information Age". The Nineties. 2017. CNN.
  43. ^ V. Goliath: The Trials of David Boies, by Karen Donovan, 2007, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, ISBN 9780375726552, p. 81
  44. ^ ""Ace attorney gives Tulane 'extraordinary' $1.5M gift"". Archived from the original on 2009-04-13.
  45. ^ ""Northern Westchester Hospital gets $5 million pledge from lawyer couple" The Journal News. 10-31-06". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27.
  46. ^ "Person Of The Year 2009". Time. Archived from the original on June 21, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2010.

Cites[edit]

Articles[edit]

  • 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
  • Schneider-Mayerson, Anna (December 18, 2006). "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. Archived from the original on May 18, 2007.
  • Olive, David (November 24, 2003). "Betrayal catches Black by surprise". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011.

Books[edit]

  • 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

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