During law school, Ms. Boyd worked at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco, where she helped represent clients subjected to employment discrimination based on national origin. She also worked as a Summer Associate in the litigation division of Morrison | Foerster LLP, and as a Student Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic at Yale Law School, helping low-income New Haven residents access civil legal services primarily in the areas of employment and family law.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Boyd worked as a Staff Attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty, where she helped press for legislative and administrative policy changes to help low-income New Mexicans. After she and her husband, a U.S. Army officer, were transferred to a new state for the second time in as many years, Ms. Boyd launched her own freelance legal practice, taking on a variety of project-based legal work – from drafting appellate briefs, to analyzing legislation for nonprofits, to reviewing licensing contracts for a large corporation.
$60 million settlement
Alongside Court-appointed lead counsel, Ms. Boyd helped achieve a $60 million settlement on behalf of student athletes whose names and likenesses had been used in videogames produced by Electronic Arts. $20 million of that amount was paid directly by the NCAA representing one of the first, if not the first, time that the NCAA has ever paid a student athlete for the use of his or her name, image, or likeness.
$15 million settlement
Ms. Boyd was part of the legal team that brought a class-action lawsuit against the insurance company that issued surety bonds backing the business licenses of a debt settlement company known as Meracord. After continually insisting that their surety bonds did not cover the claims of the consumers we represented, the insurance companies ultimately ended up paying out over $15,000,000 – representing nearly 90% of their maximum total exposure on the bonds.
Publications & Presentations
- “What a Tangled Family Tree We Weave: Trademarks, publicity rights, and the cross-pollination of First Amendment defenses through video games”. Co-authored with Stuart Paynter. Journal of Int’l Media & Entertainment Law, Vol. 4, No. 1.
- “7 Punitive Damages Strategies. Co-authored with Robert Carey & Stuart Paynter. Trial Magazine (April 2019)
- Yale Law School, J.D.
- University of Maryland-College Park, B.A., Government & Politics
Admitted to Practice
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- American Bar Association
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Military Spouse JD Network