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Brian Boyle: He’s a big fan of UDM

Brian Boyle

Owning and operating a namesake law practice that focuses on corporate litigation for financial institutions and individuals has helped Brian H. Boyle ’79, make a name for himself in Chicago. Yet the attorney who holds an undergraduate degree in economics has not forsaken his alma mater. In fact, he is an avid booster and supporter.

A resident of Chicago since 1982, he has shown his wife Deborah, a Chicago native, the treasures of Detroit: Belle Isle, the University District and the riverfront. He considers Detroit “a world-class city.” He is involved with Chicago area alumni in recruiting students from Chicago’s high schools to attend UDM for college and in networking among Chicagoland alumni.

Boyle is among the growing number of alumni who support UDM through financial contributions, sharing their network and skills, and taking a personal interest in helping students and alumni succeed.

"We should feel good as a University. When some of our graduates go to Chicago, New York, or LA, it's a positive thing. We are exporting the Jesuit-Mercy based education and the values that go along with it."

—Brian H. Boyle '79

Between his law practice, blended family of seven children, business travel and involvement with UDM, Boyle exemplifies that it’s often the busiest people who are the most willing to help. He currently serves as treasurer of the Titan Club Board at UDM and is in his third year as a board member.

Earning an economics degree has been a good foundation for his law practice. He recalls that Economics Professor Donald Byrne did a “wonderful job. His lessons have been invaluable. He taught us to reason effectively from principles that we were studying.”

Boyle was an Insignis scholar and a member of the varsity fencing team —accomplishments that forged a strong bond with the University. He relives his life as an athlete through Titan sports, and draws on his fencing strategy to help him in the court of law. He is also a member of the President’s Cabinet.

He notes that a UDM education has national prestige. “We should feel good as a University. When some of our graduates go to Chicago, New York or LA, it’s a positive thing. We are exporting the Jesuit/Mercy-based education and the values that go along with it.”