Talmage Boston has been a commercial litigator in Dallas, Texas, since 1978 and a shareholder at the Winstead PC law firm since 1997. He’s been recognized in Texas Monthly magazine as a “Texas Super Lawyer” every year since 2003 and named among the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2013.F

In addition to maintaining his full-time law practice, Talmage has written Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society (TexasBarBooks 2012, foreword by former US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh); 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point (Bright Sky Press 2005, foreword by John Grisham); and Baseball and the Baby Boomer (Bright Sky Press 2009, foreword by Frank DeFord).

Since 2010, in addition to the groups identified in Cross-Examining History, Talmage has interviewed and moderated programs for the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, the George W. Bush Presidential Library, the Great Washington Writers Series, and the SMU Center for Presidential History.

He and his wife Claire live in Dallas and have a son and a daughter.


After conducting 31 “cross-examination”-style public interviews of presidential historians and White House insiders, attorney Talmage Boston believes he has identified 10 key traits of successful presidents.
Boston shares those traits in the book Cross-Examining History, and he discussed them during a speech for the John Locke Foundation and the Triangle Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. In the video clip below, Boston shares one key trait of his favorite president, Abraham Lincoln.