Bill Gates' Nemesis

The DOJ lead attorney David Boies takes a hit but keeps on coming

It was, as it happens, Pearl Harbor Day when David Boies got the news in the Justice Department's war room. Not only was the world's richest man personally accusing him, the government's lead attorney in the Microsoft antitrust case, of trying to destroy his company, but one of the 20 states backing the suit--South Carolina--had also switched sides. As usual, Boies was almost the last to know; he learned about it when a reporter dialed his cell phone looking for a quote. "I find out a lot of what's going on in this case from journalists," jokes the veteran attorney.

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