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David Boies

Played by Ed. Begley Jr.

In the Film
Lead counsel for Vice President Al Gore in the litigation relating to the 2000 presidential election

An acclaimed litigator, Boies received his B.S. from Northwestern in 1964 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale with an LLB in 1966 and earned an LLM from New York University in 1967. He was 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 2000, in addition to arguing Bush v. Gore, he was special trial counsel for the US Department of Justice in its successful antitrust suit against Microsoft and was named "Lawyer of the Year" by the National Law Journal. He was also runner up for Time Magazine's "Person of the Year."

After the Recount
After taking the recount argument to the Supreme Court and losing in a 5-4 decision, Boies continued to solidify his reputation as the pre-eminent litigator in the United States, particularly in anti-trust cases (a biography of Boies is titled 'v. Goliath'). As founder and chairman of his firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner, he's represented high-profile clients in a case such as the defense of Hank Greenburg of AIG by squaring off against then NY Attorney general Eliot Spitzer. He obtained a favorable verdict as lead trial counsel on behalf of Lloyd's of London and other insurers in a trial involving the availability of insurance relating to the World Trade Center attacks, and he defended filmmaker Michael Moore against Federal investigations of his film 'Sicko.'