NFL Adds Super Litigator David Boies for Players' Union Suit

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on March 28, 2011 6:47 AM

Though most of the nation wouldn't care (and still doesn't), the National Football League released a press release recently to let everyone know just what's going on at its legal headquarters.

Putting aside the fact that the press release was probably some sort of half-hearted scare tactic, it actually provided some interesting information for those of you following the NFL antitrust lawsuit.

Now we know, that in a bid to beef up its legal team, the league has added antitrust superstar David Boies and former United States Solicitor General Paul Clement to its roster.

The league is already represented by Gregg Levy, who has been its chief outside counsel for over 15 years, reports the National Football Post. He's one of the nation's top sports attorneys, and has significant experience in antitrust law.

But, as you may know, David Boies is the antitrust lawyer.

Boies defended IBM against government antitrust charges for over 13 years, and was hired by the Justice Department to litigate United States v. Microsoft. He also represented American Express in an exceedingly large civil antitrust matter involving Visa and Mastercard.

Besides his deep understanding of antitrust matters, David Boies is a skillful litigator. He is well-known for his representation of Al Gore in Bush v. Gore and is currently working with Ted Olson on the challenge to California's Proposition 8.

With the addition of Paul Clement's supreme litigation skills and David Boies' antitrust knowledge, the NFL has certainly got itself a powerhouse of a legal team. The players should be a bit wary.

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