Before I was even a lawyer, I had heard of Boyd Page. Boyd had stepped into a case toward the very end and kicked our lawyer’s butt into the Gulf of Mexico. We later learned that, as to the central issue of the case, we were right and he was wrong, but neither side knew that Boyd’s client was lying through his teeth at the time.
Boyd gained a reputation that was bigger than he was. The tale was told that, early on, Boyd told his then-current employer that he wanted to do claimants’ securities work. The firm turned him down so he went on his own. The tale goes on that very early in his nascent practice he recovered a large sum for a client and the rest, as they say, is history. That history included being a founding member of PIABA but a frequent attendee of the SIFMA Compliance and Legal Conference as well.
Whenever I saw Boyd, he always had a smile on his face. He was always warm. Whenever I dealt with him, he always courteous and professional. I think it’s safe to say that he maintained good relationships with lawyers who were customer-oriented as well as defense-oriented. At one point, he represented Ernie Olde, the founder of the brokerage firm of the same name (now Ameriprise) and ruffled a few feathers. But Boyd paid them no mind.
Boyd’s firm was the launchpad for a number of other claimants’ lawyers. In my opinion, they were lucky to have worked with him.
Boyd’s presence will be missed. He was a true gentlemen. Those that remain behind have big shoes to fill.
That’s the view of one lawyer from Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida. I’m Marc Dobin. Rest in peace, Boyd.