Molly S. Boast


Boast, Molly S.

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.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in the 2014 edition of Expert Guides as a leading attorney in New York in the area of Competition/Antitrust Law
  • Received the 2013 William T. Lifland Service Award from the NYSBA Antitrust Law Section for distinguished service
  • Recognized in the 2007, 2009 and 2013-2015 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for her work in the antitrust field
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of Best Lawyers in America for her work in antitrust law
  • Recognized as a leader in her field in the 2014 and 2015 editions of Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists
  • 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 2012-2015 for her work in the antitrust field 

Publications & News


May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

July 7, 2014

WilmerHale Event Features New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton

WilmerHale hosted New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton as the featured speaker during the monthly Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association (DLMA) meeting held in the firm's New York office on Tuesday, June 24.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

April 7, 2014

WilmerHale Provides Wide-Ranging Antitrust Insights at ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting

WilmerHale was a significant contributor to the 62nd Spring Meeting of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, an annual three-day event recognized as the largest antitrust and consumer protection conference in the world, with nearly 2,900 registered participants.

March 18, 2014

Five WilmerHale Partners to Speak at 2014 ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

Five WilmerHale partners will participate in the 62nd ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held March 26-28 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC.

September 19, 2013

WilmerHale Team Obtains Significant Victory for OpenMarket

On September 16, 2013, WilmerHale attorneys obtained a significant victory for OpenMarket Inc., a subsidiary of the firm's client Amdocs Inc., when Judge Allison Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted OpenMarket's motion to stay pending arbitration.

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

April 10, 2013

Four WilmerHale Partners to Speak at 2013 ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

Four WilmerHale partners have been invited to speak on panels during the 61st ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, which will be held April 10-12 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC.

April 1, 2013

Partner Molly Boast Selected for “100 Women in Antitrust” by Global Competition Review

Global Competition Review profiled 100 successful women in the field of competition law in its fourth edition of Women in Antitrust.

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.


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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