Patrick Strawbridge, a lawyer with Consovoy, McCarthy in Post Office Square, is one of the lawyers on a filing by the Trump campaign to get in on the ballot-stop action in Pennsylvania.
In a filing with the US Supreme Court today, a legal team led by Strawbridge asked that it be allowed to join a suit brought by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania against that state's equivalent of Bill Galvin to prevent the counting of mail-in ballots that were postmarked before Tuesday but that arrived after the close of polling places.
The filing argues that the US Supreme Court should overlook precedence dating back to the early days of the Republic that leaves the conduct of elections to states and take control of ballot counting in Pennsylvania.
It comes after the Supreme Court decided on Monday not to intercede in Pennsylvania, something Strawbridge's client, the president, said amounted to a "political" decision by the court that would lead to violence across the country.
The filing includes a citation of an opinion by a Supreme Court justice in the Bush v. Gore case that gave the presidency to George H. W. Bush after the 2000 election that said the court can intercede in state elections issues - an opinion that the rest of the majority on the court effectively rejected by declaring that their decision could not be used to set precedent.
According to his bio, Strawbridge clerked under Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
This is not the first time a Boston lawyer has been at the center of a national issue.
On June 9, 1954, Joseph Welch, a lawyer with Hale & Dorr in Boston hired by the Army, tore into Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin at a televised hearing after McCarthy accused a young associate in Welch's firm of being a Communist, with what became the famous "Have you no decency" rebuttal:
The Mr. Cohn referred to by both McCarthy and Welch was McCarthy legal counsel Roy Cohn, who later became best buds with Donald Trump.