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Molly S. Boast

Molly S. Boast

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

New York, NY, USA


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.

Practice

Molly Boast joined the firm as a litigator in 2011, after serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice. She 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.

Professional Activities

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.

Honors & Awards

  • Received the 2013 William T. Lifland Service Award from the NYSBA Antitrust Law Section for distinguished service
  • Recognized by Chambers USA in 2007 and 2009 for her work in the antitrust field
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of Legal 500
  • Recognized as a leader in the antitrust field in The Global Competition Review Handbook
  • Highly-recommended in the field of antitrust law in the 2006 edition of PLC Which Lawyer?
  • Recognized in New York Super Lawyers - Metro from 2006-2008 and in 2012 for her work in the antitrust field

Practice Area

  • Litigation/Controversy
    • Government and Regulatory Litigation
  • Regulatory and Government Affairs
    • Antitrust and Competition

Education

JD, Columbia University Law School, 1979, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Jane Marks Murphy Prize

MS, Journalism, Columbia University, 1971

BA, with honors, College of William and Mary, 1970

Bar Admissions

New York

United States Supreme Court

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