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 35 years of experience in both senior federal government positions and private practice. Ms. Boast's practice encompasses antitrust litigation, civil and criminal investigations at both the federal and state levels, and merger review.

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.

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

  • Recognized as as a Distinguished Leader by the New York Law Journal in 2017
  • Named to Global Competition Review's 2013 and 2016 Women in Antitrust lists
  • Recognized as an "exceptional lawyer" who brings a "wealth of knowledge to the table" in the 2007, 2009 and 2013-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for her work in the antitrust field
  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for her antitrust cartel and merger control practices
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2014-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America for her work in antitrust law
  • Recognized for her antitrust practice by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms in 2017
  • Recognized as a leader in her field in the 2014 and 2015 editions of Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists
  • 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 as a leader in the antitrust field in The Global Competition Review Handbook
  • Recognized in New York Super Lawyers - Metro from 2006-2008 and 2012-2017 for her work in the antitrust field 

Publications & News


October 31, 2017

New York Law Journal Recognizes Molly Boast as a Distinguished Leader

Partner Molly Boast is among a small group of renowned attorneys selected by the New York Law Journal as Distinguished Leaders in 2017. The award recognizes attorneys in leadership roles who achieved impressive results in the past year.

August 31, 2017

WilmerHale Renews Partnership With Alliance for Downtown New York

WilmerHale has signed on for a sixth year of its partnership with the Alliance for Downtown New York and will remain the co-presenting sponsor, along with the Downtown Alliance, of the business district's free Wi-Fi program.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

December 15, 2016

WilmerHale Partners Molly Boast and Heather Tewksbury Named Top Women in Antitrust Law by GCR

Partners Molly Boast and Heather Tewksbury have been named to Global Competition Review's (GCR) list of top Women in Antitrust 2016.

November 7, 2016

FTC/DOJ Guidance to Human Resource Professionals—Enforcement Scrutiny of Employment-Related Conduct

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice issued their Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals. This WilmerHale Client Alert, which was also published by Bloomberg BNA's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report on November 25, 2016, summarizes the key lessons and practical impact from the HR Guidance for businesses' employment practices.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

July 12, 2016

WilmerHale Extends Sponsorship, Joins Alliance for Downtown New York’s Board of Directors

The firm's New York office has bolstered its ties with the Alliance for Downtown New York, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports businesses in Lower Manhattan.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

Professional Activities

Ms. Boast is admitted to practice in the US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the US Courts of Appeals for the First, Second Third, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits, and the US Supreme Court 

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

Government Experience

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