Leo V. Boyle

Leo Boyle

Phone:(617) 523-8300
Fax:(617) 523-0525

When Leo V. Boyle talks about courts and trials, he sounds like a man with an addiction. He’s fixated, he readily admits, on courthouses and the dramas they contain. “If I’m on vacation or traveling and I have the time, I’ll just stop in and look at courthouses,” he says. “I am fascinated by what happens there. There’s a combination of order and discipline on the one hand and the potential for dramatic change in people’s lives on the other hand. As a trial lawyer, you can rock the boat in a courthouse from within the system. It’s where I get to do what I like to do best.”

What Boyle likes to do best is to advocate for injured people. His mission is to convey, through carefully assembled evidence, artful examination of witnesses and, most of all, his own carefully chosen words in argument, what it truly means for a client to have suffered tragedy or injustice. Boyle has had extraordinary successes. He can take credit for some of the largest settlements and verdicts in Massachusetts. But when Boyle talks about his craft – his addiction – the big wins are not the measure that he uses to evaluate his career. “I mostly treasure the opportunities I’ve had to represent some incredibly courageous people. The satisfaction I get from my work is not related to size of the case so much as whether I’ve been able to make a difference in a deserving person’s life.”

Since the founding of Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, in 1985, Boyle has practiced exclusively as a plaintiffs’ trial lawyer and has developed a national reputation. He has been actively involved in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for many years and has held national office in that organization since 1996, including the position of President from 2001-2002. Boyle also served as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association from 1990-1991, and he is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. Boyle has given over 150 presentations on trial advocacy and tort law at educational programs sponsored by various legal organizations and institutions.


Bar Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1973


  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1971 – J.D.
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1968 – B.A.
    Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works:

  • Protecting the Burn Victim’s Legal Rights: Comprehensive Approaches to the Burned Person, (Co-Author), Chapter 17, 1983
  • Cross-Examination in Printing Press Case, Products Liability Litigation, Trial Strategy and Procedure, Callaghan & Company Publishing, Appendix 9A, 1988

Honors and Awards:

  • Selected Attorney, Boston’s Best Lawyers, Boston Globe, 2008
  • Selected Attorney, 35 Influential Judges and Lawyers of the Past 35 Years, Massachusetts Lawyers’ Weekly, 2007
  • 2004 Public Justice Achievement Award, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 2004
  • Selected Attorney, Top Ten Lawyers of the Year, Lawyers Weekly USA, 2001
  • David S. Casey, Jr. Consumer Advocate Award, 2001
  • Selected Attorney, 25 Influential Judges and Lawyers of the Past 25 Years, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 1998
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers ® List Top 100, 2004
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers ® List Top 10, 2005 – 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Court Management Advisory Board – Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1990-1991 – President
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1989-1990 – President-Elect
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1988-1989 – Treasurer
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1987-1988 – Vice President
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1985-Present – Member, Executive Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1989-1990 – Policy Review Committee, Chair
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1986-1987 – Task Force on the Time Standards Rule, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Council, Chair, 1986-1987
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Chair, Trial Practice Committee, 1985-1986
  • American Association for Justice (f/k/a ATLA), 2001-2002 – President
  • American Association for Justice (f/k/a ATLA), 2000-2001 – President-Elect
  • American Association for Justice (f/k/a ATLA), 1999-2000 – Vice-President
  • American Association for Justice (f/k/a ATLA), 1988-1999 – Secretary
  • American Association for Justice (f/k/a ATLA), 1997-1998 – Treasurer
  • American Association for Justice (f/k/a ATLA), 1986-Present – Board of Governors
  • Roscoe Pound Institute – American Trial Lawyers Foundation, 1996-2000 – Trustee
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1974-Present – Member
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 1984-Present – Board of Governors
  • New England Bar Association, 1992-1993 – President
  • New England Bar Association, 1989-1992 – Board of Directors
  • Boston Bar Association, 1972-Present
  • American Law Institute, 1990-1991 – Ex Officio Member
  • Trial Lawyers Care, Inc., 2002-2003 – President
  • Trial Lawyers Care, Inc., 2001-2002 – Vice-President
  • Boston College Law School Alumni Association Council, 1990-1991 – President
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation – Fellow