Talmage Boston

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Born (1953-10-01) October 1, 1953 (age 70)
San Antonio, Texas
EducationJuris Doctor
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
OccupationAttorney, presidential and baseball historian, author, speaker
Years active1978–present
Known forShackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP (Partner)
Spouse(s)Claire Lindsey Boston (married 1984–present)

Talmage Boston (born October 1, 1953) is an American attorney, presidential and baseball historian, author and speaker.[1][2][3]

Early life and education

Boston was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 1, 1953. He received his early education from Staples High School. Later, he received his B.A. and J.D from University of Texas at Austin.


Boston worked as an associate from 1978-1981 at Shank, Irwin, Conant, Williamson, & Greville. From 1981-1997, he joined Payne & Vendig as an associate and later became their partner. He served as an equity shareholder of Winstead PC from 1997-2017.[4][5]

Since October 1, 2017, Boston has been a partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP.[6]

Boston has also been the author of five books on history, over 85 Op-Ed pieces and book reviews for The Dallas Morning News, and over 60 Op-Ed pieces for The Dallas Business Journal. He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame as a Media Member in 1997.[7]


Talmage initiated and then worked with the administration of SMU's Perkins School of Theology to implement an annual fundraising luncheon that began in 2010 and is still being held every year. Boston served as a board member from 2011-2019, and Chairman from 2019-2020 for the Dallas Bar Association, where he initiated and then implemented an annual fundraising dinner which has been active since 2011.

Boston has contributed to Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" program, being one of the leader of the Dallas fundraising effort that began in 2021 which has raised $1.8 million to address childhood hunger in Texas. From 2013-2016, Boston served as a director and from 2017-present as an advisory director of The Better Angels Society, a national non-profit organization that raises money to support the documentary films of Ken Burns and others.

Talmage also served for 12 years as a director of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth where he received the Mallon Circle Award in 2013 for his contributions. For the Texas Bar Foundation, Boston has served as the Dallas area co-chair of Fellows recruitment from 2019-2021 and is now a member of the Texas Bar Foundation's board of trustees.

Awards and recognition

Boston has received the Terry Lee Grantham Award in 2019 and the Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award in June, 2022. In the same year, he received the State Bar of Texas Litigation Section's Luke Soules Award.[8]

He is also the recepient of eight Presidential Citations from eight past presidents of the State Bar of Texas for his service to the State Bar.

Boston was recognized as "History Maker of the Year" in the field of History by the Dallas Historical Society in 2023.[9]

Personal life

Boston has been married to Claire Lindsey Boston since 1984. The couple has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.


  1. Schneider, Wendy (October 17, 2017). "A Most Excellent Friendship | Alumni & Giving | Texas Law". law.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  2. "Atticus Finch and Bill Cosby: Fallen Heroes". Newsweek. 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  3. Nagourney, Eric (2013-04-04). "Why Do Boomers Love Baseball?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  4. Speir, Marc (April 10, 2013). "TPSM Hosts Austin Screening of Warner Bros.' "42" | Moody College of Communication". moody.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  5. Weir, Kathleen E. (2006). "An Introduction to The Review at 25: Looking to the Future of Litigation". Review of Litigation. 25: [vii].
  6. "Talmage Boston - Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP". 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  7. "Talmage Boston: How Jackie Robinson went from workplace integrator to civil rights hero". Dallas News. 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  8. Jackson, Mark (2019-11-17). "December 3, 2019 – Atticus Finch and Civil Discourse with Talmage Boston | The Federalist Society Dallas Lawyers' Chapter". Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  9. Prejean, Jeanne (2023-06-12). "Dallas Historical Society Fundraiser's Name Is Adjusted But Purpose Remains The Same". My Sweet Charity. Retrieved 2023-07-05.

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