Brian Boone has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal and state appellate and trial courts, and arbitration panels in cases involving constitutional law, antitrust, RICO, the False Claims Act, health care, securities, and state consumer-fraud laws. Brian has argued before federal and state appellate courts in cases involving complex commercial disputes.
In 2014, Brian and fellow Alston & Bird litigator Nowell Berreth convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. LLC v. Owens, No. 13-719, and then to rule in their clients’ favor on the merits. That victory prompted Law360 to name Brian and Nowell to its weekly list of “Legal Lions.” More recently, Brian argued and won a complex appeal before the Second Circuit that secured a $10 million judgment for his clients and also argued and won an appeal in Louisiana involving that state's antitrust laws.
Brian served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Karen J. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He graduated with high honors from Emory University School of Law, where he was the Sol I. Golden Scholar. Brian received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude in political science and history, from King College.
Brian was named to the North Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
- Petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. LLC v. Owens, No. 13-719, and then convinced the Court to rule in his clients’ favor on the merits.
- Served as lead appellate counsel in a complex commercial dispute before the Second Circuit. The Second Circuit affirmed a $10 million judgment in our clients’ favor.
- Representing the Republican National Committee in FOIA litigation against the State Department.
- Won summary judgment for a Fortune 500 company in a high-profile preemption and First Amendment challenge to a New York City regulation.
- Served as lead appellate counsel for a Fortune 100 company in an antitrust appeal in Louisiana. The appellate court ordered the dismissal of all claims against our client.
- Served as lead appellate counsel before the Supreme Court of Georgia in a commercial dispute over Ferrari race cars.
- Defended a Fortune 100 company against multiple nationwide class actions involving claims under ERISA, RICO and the Sherman Act.
- As first chair, won multiple expedited arbitrations for a Fortune 500 company.
- Representing 77 former state attorneys general as amici curiae supporting former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging his convictions for public corruption. The Supreme Court vacated McDonnell’s convictions and cited the attorneys general’s brief in its opinion.
- Defended Georgia’s business judgment rule before the Georgia Supreme Court.
- Represented a natural gas joint-action agency in federal litigation over hedge prices.
- Representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as amicus curiae before the California court of appeal in a case about how to calculate damages for future medical expenses.
- Represented the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as amicus curiae in a case about the reach of Georgia nuisance law.
- Represented a GPO trade association as amicus curiae supporting certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in an antitrust case about above-cost market share and volume discounts.
- Represented a global automobile manufacturer in one of the largest multidistrict litigations in history.
- Defended a municipal property tax against a constitutional challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. Brian drafted the city’s merits brief.
- Represented a large bank in consolidated, nationwide consumer class actions challenging checking account overdraft fees.
- Represented a national satellite television provider in putative nationwide antitrust class actions challenging the National Hockey League’s and Major League Baseball’s systems for distributing telecasts of live games.
- Serving as lead appellate counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an auditor-liability case before the Supreme Court of North Carolina.
- Represented the nation’s largest independent securities regulator in preliminary injunction proceedings in North Carolina federal court. The court ruled in the client’s favor.
- Represented three former U.S. attorneys general as amici curiae in a U.S. Supreme Court case addressing issues under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
- Defended a Big Four accounting firm in a high-stakes professional liability action stemming from the failure of three Florida insurance companies.
- Served as lead appellate counsel in multiple cases before the Fourth Circuit.
Alston & Bird has announced the election of 20 lawyers to its partnership, effective January 1.
January 4, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court today voted unanimously to overturn the corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell in a case in which Alston & Bird submitted an amici brief on behalf of 77 former state attorneys general who challenged the convictions.
June 27, 2016
On June 17, 2016, Alston & Bird filed an amici brief on behalf of the U.S. and California Chambers of Commerce urging a California appeals court to reverse a decision that plaintiff’s damages for future medical expenses could be based on billed rates rather than the rates actually accepted by providers as full payment.
June 20, 2016
On March 7, 2016, Alston & Bird filed an updated amicus brief on behalf of 77 former state attorneys general who are supporting former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell before the U.S. Supreme Court. McDonnell is challenging his convictions for public corruption.
March 8, 2016
Alston & Bird has been honored as the 2015 “Overall Litigation Department of the Year” by the Daily Report.
November 20, 2015
Welcome to our first rundown of critical class action decisions in 2015. We lead with news of the Supreme Court’s acceptance of the Spokeo case, which will address a key issue on actual harm and Article III standing in class actions. Stay tuned for more developments.
Trends features updates on key litigation issues and highlights Alston & Bird's broad and diverse litigation practices. Our Winter 2015 edition is filled with a variety of short articles addressing interesting and timely topics.
January 7, 2015
During the third quarter of 2014, we again saw various federal courts interpret and apply Comcast with mixed results for class defendants. Some courts (like the Tenth Circuit) found that damages presented highly individualized issues precluding class-wide treatment, while others approved of proposed class-wide damages models. Arguments regarding inadequate representation were on the rise this quarter and posed hurdles for several putative classes.
This advisory discusses Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Crockett, No. 12-3574 (6th Cir. Nov. 5, 2013), where the Sixth Circuit took a deep dive into the Supreme Court’s recent arbitration jurisprudence and continued the trend of pro-defendant arbitration decisions. Following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in AMEX, the circuit court held that the arbitration clause at issue did not authorize classwide arbitration because “the clause nowhere mention[ed] it.”
November 12, 2013
This advisory discusses the Ninth Circuit’s holding in Rodriguez v. AT&T Mobility Services LLC, No. 13-56149 (9th Cir. Aug. 27, 2013), where the court made it a little easier for defendants to remove cases under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). Taking its cues from the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Standard Fire, the Ninth Circuit held that a defendant seeking to remove a case under CAFA needs to prove the amount in controversy only by a preponderance of the evidence, not by a legal certainty.
Rodriguez is good news for defendants.
September 5, 2013
Last term, in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013), the Supreme Court made clear that class certification is inappropriate if the plaintiffs’ injury model does not fit their liability theory.
This advisory discusses how, two weeks ago, in In re Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation, No. 12-7085 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 9, 2013), the D.C. Circuit applied Behrend to vacate class certification because the plaintiffs’ injury model was not tailored to their alleged harm. The ruling could be a sign of things to come.
August 19, 2013
The second quarter brought a number of high-profile and potentially game-changing class action decisions. In AMEX, the Supreme Court settled that class action waivers in arbitration clauses are enforceable, but in Oxford Health, the Court reminded us that it’s never safe to leave arbitration terms (such as a class waiver) to the arbitrator’s imagination. In Raskas and Roth, the Eighth and Ninth Circuits cleared the way for more removals under CAFA.
We cover those and other cases in this edition of Where the (Class) Action Is.
This advisory discusses how, in back-to-back rulings, the Eighth and Ninth Circuits cleared potential barriers to removal under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).
July 8, 2013
If you check your cellphone contract or your bank-account agreement, you’ll likely find an arbitration clause. That arbitration clause most likely includes a class-action waiver. Two years ago, in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), the Supreme Court held that a class waiver in an arbitration clause is enforceable just like any other contractual provision. Last Thursday, in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant (“AMEX”), No. 12-133 (June 20, 2013), the Court confirmed that it meant what it said in Concepcion and held that a class waiver is enforceable even if the costs of litigating a claim individually outstrip the plaintiff’s potential recovery.
AMEX could be the death knell to many class actions.
June 28, 2013
This is the first installment of Alston & Bird’s Class Action Round-Up—we’re calling it “Where the (Class) Action Is.” Each quarter, we will review class decisions across the spectrum of litigation—from antitrust to consumer fraud to labor and employment—and will report about unique or important rulings in short, easy-to-read summaries. Our goal is to provide you with a handy resource for following (and storing for future use) class cases across the full range of subject-matter areas. This isn’t meant to serve purely as a source of aggregated information, but rather to highlight those cases that reveal trends (or possible trends) in class litigation—and to do it with a distinctive Alston & Bird spin.
For the second time in two weeks, the Supreme Court delivered a win to class-action defendants. Two weeks ago, in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, No 11-1450, 568 U.S. ___ (March 19, 2013), the Court rejected a named plaintiff’s attempt to thwart removal to federal court by stipulating to damages below the Class Action Fairness Act’s $5 million jurisdictional threshold. Last week, in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, No. 11-864, 569 U.S. ____ (March 27, 2013), the Court (in a 5-4 decision) made clear that the “rigorous analysis” first called for in General Telephone Co. v. Falcon, 457 U.S. 187 (1982) and reaffirmed in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) applies to damages issues, even when those issues overlap substantially (or even completely) with the merits.
April 2, 2013
January 15, 2013
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Georgia Supreme Court