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When David Boies stands up to speak today to lawyers in Miami, he won’t use a text, and the odds are that he won’t refer to the single-page outline that he always commits to memory when he gives a speech. That’s because Boies — who temporarily brought Microsoft to its knees in antitrust combat, waged war on behalf of Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election vote battle in Florida, advised John Kerry’s presidential campaign last year, has written several well-received books, argued many landmark cases and ranks as one of America’s top litigators — has pretty much learned to do without the written word. He had to. He’s dyslexic. “Dyslexia never leaves you,” he was saying the other day from Salt Lake City, where he was addressing a meeting of the American Bar Foundation. “You develop a variety of coping techniques. I trained myself to listen well. That’s a very important technique in the law and in life.” Boies, 63, will be speaking to a luncheon of the Dade County Bar Association on the role of the courts in an increasingly politicized society. “I’ll be talking about the extent to which politicization of the country has infected the courts,” he said. “In a democratic society, we give authority to resolve our most momentous issues to our least representative institution — the courts. We do that for good reason. The question is how do we preserve that neutral arbiter of important issues?” Boies is chairman of the Armonk, N.Y-based law firm Boies Schiller & Flexner, with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, California, New Hampshire, and in Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. “David Boies is living proof that professionalism works,” said Robert J. Fiore, president of the Dade County Bar Association. “That is, David consistently demonstrates you can be a strong, highly successful advocate for your clients while at the same time acting with dignity, decency and courtesy toward your opponent.” Fiore said Boies is also a symbol of another admirable quality. “Every once in a while,” Fiore said, “we all need to be reminded that, as difficult as our daily struggles may be, there is always someone quietly and gracefully conquering struggles of their own.”

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