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Lee Crawford Boyd

Los Angeles Office
Los Angeles Office

One California Plaza
300 South Grand Ave, Suite 2900
Los Angeles, CA 90071
TEL: 213.694.1180 FAX: 213.694.1200

Lee Crawford Boyd is a principal in McKool Smith Hennigan’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Boyd is a litigator and trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience handling matters involving foreign affairs, cross-border disputes, property restitution law, international human rights, and complex commercial litigation and arbitration. She has represented clients in many high-profile disputes, including matters involving terrorist hijacking victims, Holocaust restitution, and restitution of cultural property arising from the Armenian Genocide, among other cases. She also has significant experience representing plaintiffs in national and state class actions involving claims related to property restitution, employment, and antitrust, among others. Ms. Boyd has tried more than 30 cases, including jury trials, in New York and California, and argued more than 10 appeals in federal and state court.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Boyd was a tenured faculty member of Pepperdine Law School, specializing in International Litigation and Civil Procedure.  She has also served in government as a criminal prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and clerked for Hon. Hector M. Laffitte, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, and by designation to U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Prior to joining McKool Smith, Ms. Boyd was a partner in a national law firm, and a founding partner of a litigation boutique in California.

She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, and former Executive Board Member, American Branch International Law Association
  • Member, ABOTA American Board of Trial Attorneys
  • Member, ABA, Litigation, Business Law and Gaming Law Sections

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized as one of the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal (2016)


  • Report From Jerusalem: The Continuing Struggle For Holocaust Justice, Co-author, Warsaw Point, June 22, 2016
  • Unholy Profits: Holocaust Restitution and the Vatican Bank, Author, Chap. 12 in Holocaust Restitution: Perspectives on the Litigation and Its Legacy, (Eds. M. Bazyler, R. Alford 2006)
  • Universal Jurisdiction and Structural Reasonableness, Author, Texas International Law Journal, Vol. 40 (2004)
  • Collective Rights Adjudication in U.S. Courts: Enforcing Human Rights at the Corporate Level, Author, Brigham Young University Law School, Vol. No. 4 (1999)
  • The Inconvenience of Victims: Abolishing the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in U.S. Human rights Litigation, Author, Virginia Journal of International Law Vol. 39 (1998)