The NFL Hires Legal Pro-Bowl Team for “Decertification” Litigation Lockout

The NFL has retained attorneys DAVID BOIES, founder and chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and PAUL CLEMENT, head of law firm King & Spalding’s appellate practice and the former United States Solicitor General, to join GREGG LEVY of Covington & Burling in representing the league in the antitrust litigation filed yesterday by the NFL Players Association.

Last November, Boies won a $1.3 billion copyright infringement verdict for Oracle — the largest verdict of its kind in history. Boies is currently co-leading a landmark civil rights case involving the Constitutional protection of same-sex marriage. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including Time magazine’s “Lawyer of the Year” and runner-up for “Person of the Year” in 2000 for his work in Bush v. Gore.

Clement served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States from June 2005 until June 2008. In all, he spent seven years in the Office of the Solicitor General – the longest period of continuous service by a Solicitor General since the 1800s — and argued more than 50 cases before the United States Supreme Court. Last year, he was recognized as a finalist for the Public Justice Foundation’s 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year award.

Levy has served as the principal outside counsel for the NFL for more than 15 years and has had a lead role in each of the league’s major trial and appellate victories in that time, including the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Pro-Football, Inc. He is recognized as one of the top sports and antitrust lawyers in the country. Covington has represented the league for more than 50 years.