G. Eugene Gene Boyce is an accomplished attorney who practices primarily in the areas of class action law, litigation, commercial litigation and constitutional law. Throughout his career, Mr. Boyce has participated as defendant and plaintiff attorney in countless jury trials and more than 142 appellate proceedings in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also examined the conduct of public officials at the highest federal and state levels.
Among his most notable achievements include serving as assistant chief counsel to the Watergate Committee, working with Sen. Sam J. Ervin in 99 days of televised hearings and worldwide investigation related to the 1972 presidential campaign activities. Mr. Boyce was the lead investigator in the discovery of President Nixon's White House taping system of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room.
He also worked as counsel to the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee and played a central role during the censure proceedings against Sen. Herman E. Tallmadge of Georgia.
Mr. Boyce vetted numerous applicants for federal judicial appoints as special counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and advisor to its chairman, Sen. Robert Morgan.
He has been a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1986, is active in the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Attorneys and has served a term as councilor to the North Carolina State Bar.
Mr. Boyce earned his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law with one of the highest grade point averages in the school's history. After graduating, he served three years in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of captain.
A native to North Carolina, Mr. Boyce has lived in Raleigh since early childhood. He and his wife have been married since 1954, and have three children and seven grandchildren.
Recognitions•Wake Forest University - Law Board of Visitors
•Donald L. Smith fellowship for Teaching Constitutional and Public Law, Wake Forest University School of Law - Founder
•Wake County Bar - Past President
•North Carolina State Bar - Former Councilor
•Special Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee
•Counsel, United States Ethics Committee
•Assistant Chief Counsel, Watergate Committee
•Captain, U.S. Army, JAGC
•Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers for 2006
Speaking & Writing
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Gene is a frequent and popular speaker on Watergate, and enjoys time spent with members of the Bar and civic groups. Gene has given his Watergate Committee Anniversary talk to more than a dozen groups in throughout North Carolina and Virginia in the since 2011.
His presentation is titled From Duct Tape to Electronic Tapes. It covers his personal involvement in discovery of the Nixon Oval Office recording devices on July 13, 1973. Gene led the interview team that questioned Nixon's 1972 Oval Office Chief of Staff, Alexander Butterfield. It is primarily about 1972-1974 history with the general theme of how circumstances can affect everyone's life and future. Gene focuses on how someone as disconnected as he was became directly involved in the resignation of the President of the United States and the U.S. Supreme Court decision ofU.S. vs. Nixon, 7/27/74. Gene reviews the small portion of his circumstances and life along with those of the 1972 Nixon Presidential Election Committee, including personal involvement of many attorneys.
One of Gene's speeches was certified for North Carolina CLE credit to the Senior Lawyers Division of the N.C. Bar Association as a result of his focus on the history and effects to the Bar of 18 Watergate lawyers going to jail in the 1972 events. It stresses how Watergate led directly to changes in the ABA and NCSB Code of Professional Responsibility over the years following Watergate. The primary focus of the CLE talk is how attorney's professional responsibility to her or his corporate/government agency-client vis-a-vis the human beings (CEOs, Agency Heads, others) who control the entity that is really the client. It relates to relevant to CPR rules of confidentiality, duty to prevent, report criminal and unlawful conduct, or to withdraw from, etc., as well as to principals of Ethics taught more expansively thereafter in law schools as well as being covered more in Bar Examinations nationwide.
For additional perspectives on the colorful career of Gene Boyce, see Boyce is one trial lawyer conservatives don't hate by Jack Betts,Business North Carolina Magazine, April, 2005.