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Michael M. Boone

Michael M. Boone is a distinguished lawyer, community leader and dedicated SMU alumnus.  He earned two degrees from SMU — a B.B.A. from Cox School of Business and a J.D. from Dedman School of Law. He is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the national law firm of Haynes and Boone, one of the nation’s largest and most respected law firms. Boone was selected as one of the 25 greatest Texas lawyers of the past quarter-century and named by Texas Lawyer magazine as a “Go-To-Lawyer” in Texas for corporate and business law. Texas Monthly and Law and Politics Magazine named him a Top 10 Super Lawyer. A member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 1996, he became board chair in 2014. He has served as vice chair for SMU’s Second Century Celebration Organizing Committee and as a member of the Leadership Council for The Second Century Campaign, which reached its $1 billion goal ahead of schedule in September 2015. He serves on the executive boards of Dedman College and Dedman School of Law and formerly was an adjunct professor of the law school. He has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from SMU, the Dedman School of Law and the Cox School of Business and the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. Boone has served his community in numerous roles, including as president of the Highland Park School Board and chair of the Dallas Citizens Council.