Molly Boast is a partner in the Litigation/Controversy and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments, and a member of the Antitrust and Competition and Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Groups. She joined the firm in 2011, after serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice.
Ms. Boast has more than 30 years of experience in both senior federal government positions and private practice.
In her position as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Boast was responsible for all civil enforcement investigations, including NBC/Comcast and Oracle/Sun Microsystems, and obtained the Division's first judicial decision recognizing its authority to seek disgorgement.
Prior to joining the DOJ, Ms. Boast was a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where she chaired the antitrust practice group. Her practice focused on litigation, white-collar investigations, antitrust counseling and merger review.
From 1999-2001, Ms. Boast served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission. There, she oversaw several competition investigations and enforcement actions during the "merger wave" of the 1990s. Prominent mergers include Exxon-Mobil, BP-Arco, Glaxo-SmithKline, Dow-Union Carbide, and AOL-Time Warner.
From 1988-1999 Ms. Boast was a partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae in New York City, where she chaired the litigation department. Most notably, she argued before the US Supreme Court in Hartford Fire v. State of California in 1993. In 1992, Ms. Boast was appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney General for the Independent Counsel Investigation of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro at the US Department of Justice.
Ms. Boast has spoken at dozens of programs on the topics of antitrust, litigation and women in the law. She is also the author of numerous papers and publications.
Ms. Boast is admitted to practice in the US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Second Third, Ninth and Tenth Circuits.
Ms. Boast is a past chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She has previously held positions on the governing bodies of the Antitrust Law and Section of Litigation, and the New York State Bar Association's Antitrust Section. Ms. Boast is the first woman to have chaired the federal courts committees of both the Federal Bar Council and the New York City Bar Association.