Vanity Fair inducted him into its 1999 Hall of Fame, its annual photo album of stars. He’s there, along with Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and the cast of The Sopranos. The glossy magazine photographed him behind the wheel of a 1938 Chevrolet that he bought at an auction to benefit the school one of his children attends. Then there’s People magazine (People magazine!!!). It ran a feature on him, in what may be that weekly’s first and only piece on antitrust law. And Charlie Rose recently sat down with him for an hour-long chat on his television program.

Now we’re making it official: David Boies is the Lawyer of the Year. We’re sure you’re surprised.