David Boies is one of the most famous trial lawyers in the United States. He has been the big name in many high profile cases, including Bush v. Gore during the 2000 election, and U.S. Department of Justice v. Microsoft in an anti-trust suit. And yet “the lawyer that everyone wants” (New York Times) struggles with dyslexia. He didn’t learn to read until the third grade, when Marvel comic strips provided the impetus to figure out how words work. He improved over time, but still confesses to being a slow reader. He reckons he reads more slowly by half than the average reader.
Despite all his success as a senator from Colorado, Michael Bennet failed the second grade.
"I can remember, throughout the early years of elementary school, having problems focusing on my work, and I think they manifested themselves in the form of spelling issues," Bennet said. "The teachers at the school I was going to recognized that I was having trouble with spelling, and I think they knew I needed extra time and some extra attention, and that led to my repeating second grade."