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15 Lawyers Get Lead Roles in Oil Spill Litigation; David Boies Isn’t One of Them

Posted Oct 12, 2010 7:40 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The lawyer who successfully challenged California’s gay-marriage ban and represented Al Gore in the famous Bush v. Gore case encountered a setback in a new quest on Friday.

David Boies failed to win appointment to a 15-member steering committee to oversee Gulf oil spill litigation, Reuters reports.

Other “heavyweights” who didn’t make the committee were Texas lawyer W. Mark Lanier and Joseph Rice of the Motley Rice law firm in South Carolina, Reuters points out. More than 100 lawyers applied for the 15 spots.

Among those named to the steering committee are Elizabeth Cabraser, who led the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation, and former agriculture secretary Mike Espy. The WSJ Law Blog and National Law Journal (reg. req.) have the full list.

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