Bradley J. Butwin


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For a dozen years, Bradley J. Butwin has served as Chair of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, an internationally acclaimed law firm of more than 800 attorneys in 18 offices worldwide. Under Brad’s leadership, O’Melveny has for 12 consecutive years ranked in the top tier of The American Lawyer’s “A-List”—which recognizes the nation’s most “well-rounded” firms in the areas of associate satisfaction, revenue per lawyer, pro bono engagement, racial diversity, and gender diversity among the partnership—claiming the #1 spot in 2021. The firm has earned similarly high marks for associate satisfaction in The American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associates survey over the past decade, ranking #1 in both 2023 and 2021. It has also been a repeat winner in Vault’s Law Firm Rankings, earning a top 3 spot for an unprecedented nine years in a row in the “Best Law Firms To Work For” category, including back-to-back #1 rankings in 2019 and 2020—a feat no other firm has achieved—as well as a top 3 position in the “Best Firm for Overall Diversity” category for seven straight years. And O’Melveny has been a perennial honoree in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year” awards, earning second place in the 2020 competition.

In addition to his many leadership roles, which have included Chair of the Litigation Department, Brad maintains an active practice. Chambers USA ranks Brad among the top securities litigators in the nation and has rated him as one of the leading commercial litigators in New York. Chambers reports that Brad is “extremely dedicated to his clients,” who describe him as a “brilliant mind” and “standout lawyer”—“always reachable and responsive.” Benchmark Litigation has regularly named Brad a “Local Litigation Star,” a “National Litigation Star,” and a “National Securities Star,” and consistently lists him as one of the country’s top securities litigators. Citing peers, Benchmark calls Brad “a superb litigator—tenacious, smart, high-energy and quite effective, with good judgment.” Lawdragon includes Brad in its guide to the 500 Leading Litigators in America, The Legal 500 has recognized Brad’s securities litigation practice, and Best Lawyers identifies Brad as a leading commercial litigator.


Honors & Awards

  • 2023 Distinguished Leader Award, New York Law Journal
  • Top NY Securities and Commercial Litigators, Chambers USA
  • 2021 Judge Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee
  • Human Relations Award, Anti-Defamation League, New York Lawyers Division
  • Thurgood Marshall Award, New York City Bar Association
  • Compass Award, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Medal of Achievement, Fordham Law Alumni Association
  • 2022 Spirit of Service Award, Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School
  • Leonard F. Manning Achievement Award, Fordham Law Review Alumni Association
  • Practice Area Star, Litigation Star, and Local Litigation Star in Antitrust, General Commercial, and Securities, Benchmark Litigation
  • Securities Litigation - Recommended Lawyer, Legal 500 
  • “500 Leading Litigators in America,” Lawdragon
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® for Commercial Litigation
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Albertson Soccer Club
  • Temple Judea of Manhasset, Honoree for Dedicated Service to the Temple and Community


Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Second and Eleventh Circuits


  • Fordham University, J.D., 1985: Commentary Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin, B.B.A., Risk & Insurance, 1982

Professional Activities

Board Member

  • Board of Advisors & Co-Founder, Law Firm Antiracism Alliance
  • Board of Directors, Only Make Believe
  • Executive Committee & Co-Founder, Court Square Law Project
  • Board of Directors, Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society
  • Board of Advisors, American Society of Legal Writers
  • Board of Advisors, Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School


  • Fordham Law School, Financial Aid Campaign
  • Lawyers Alliance of New York, 2021-22 Law Firm Appeal


  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (Honoree)
  • New York State Bar Association Task Force on Advancing Diversity
  • New York State Attorney General’s Pro Bono Task Force For Reproductive Health
  • Fordham Law School, Dean’s Planning Council
  • University of Wisconsin’s School of Business, External Advisory Board


  • US District Judge David N. Edelstein (S.D.N.Y.)

In the News

New York Law Journal: Law Firm Leaders, GCs and Bar Leaders Outline DEI Recommendations in Wake of Affirmative Action Ruling

September 20, 2023

New York State Bar Association: Eliminating Standardized Test Requirements, Ending Legacy Admissions Key To Diversity In Wake of US Supreme Court Ruling

September 20, 2023

Commercial Dispute Resolution: Ex-Regulator Returns to O’Melveny

September 14, 2023

Law360: Former Acting OCC Head Rejoins O’Melveny As Fintech Pro

September 12, 2023

The American Lawyer: O’Melveny’s Brad Butwin on Managing in a Post-Pandemic Era

August 28, 2023

Commercial Dispute Resolution: O’Melveny Bags Seasoned Baker Botts Litigators

August 11, 2023

New York Law Journal: New York Legal Award Honorees Selected for 2023

August 8, 2023

Law360: O’Melveny Adds Partner In NY From Shearman & Sterling

July 5, 2023

The American Lawyer: O’Melveny Lands Shearman Real Estate Finance Leader

July 5, 2023

Real Estate Weekly: O’Melveny Welcomes Top Real Estate Finance Lawyer Malcolm K. Montgomery to its New York Office

July 5, 2023

New York Law Journal: NYSBA Launches Task Force Aimed at 'Preserving Diversity' in Wake of SCOTUS Rejection of Affirmative Action

July 3, 2023

Law360: O’Melveny Adds M&A, Private Equity Partner From Pillsbury

April 27, 2023

Global Restructuring Review: O’Melveny Adds Gibson Dunn Partner in London

April 24, 2023 International: O’Melveny Makes Rare London Hire with Gibson Dunn Partner

April 20, 2023

Global Legal Chronicle United Kingdom: O’Melveny Welcomes Acclaimed London Corporate Finance Partner Greg Campbell

April 19, 2023

The Global Legal Post: Former Biden White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain Rejoins O’Melveny & Myers in Washington DC

April 18, 2023

The Recorder: California’s Am Law 100 Firms Saw Head Count Soar in 2022, Despite Varied Financial Results

April 18, 2023

Law360: Ex-Biden Chief Of Staff Ron Klain Returns To O’Melveny

April 17, 2023

Bloomberg Law: Wake Up Call: O’Melveny Tops US$1 Billion Revenues in ‘Best Year’

March 7, 2023

Law360: O’Melveny Hires Corporate Finance Partner From Baker Botts

March 6, 2023

The American Lawyer: Boosting Head Count and Profitability, O’Melveny & Myers Became a $1 Billion Firm in 2022

March 6, 2023

Global Competition Review: The Tipline for 28 February 2023

February 28, 2023

Competition Policy International: Former FTC Litigator Peter Herrick Moves To O’Melveny

February 27, 2023

Law360: O’Melveny Rehires Antitrust Pro From Axinn

February 27, 2023

Texas Lawyer: O’Melveny Adds to Labor and Employment Practice in Texas With Locke Lord Partner

February 23, 2023

Law360: O’Melveny Gains Employment Ace From Locke Lord In Dallas

February 22, 2023

Law360: IP Hires: Duane Morris, O’Melveny & Myers, Quarles & Brady

February 3, 2023

Law360: O’Melveny Adds Finnegan Practice Group Leader In DC

February 2, 2023

Global Legal Chronicle: O’Melveny Welcomes Former New York Federal Civil Prosecutor Natasha Waglow Teleanu

January 20, 2023

New York Law Journal: SDNY Civil Division Lawyer Joins O’Melveny Labor and Employment Group as Partner

January 9, 2023

Reuters: NY Federal Prosecutor Joins Employment Team at Law Firm O’Melveny

January 9, 2023

Law360: O’Melveny Boosts Labor Practice With Ex-SDNY Prosecutor

January 9, 2023

Global Legal Chronicle: O’Melveny to Add 11 New Partners in 2023

December 16, 2022

The Global Legal Post: O’Melveny Elevates 11 to Partner in Litigation Focused Round

December 15, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Nabs Ex-Federal Reserve Adviser From WilmerHale

November 8, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Adds Ex-SDNY General Crimes Unit Co-Chief In NY

November 1, 2022

Reuters: O’Melveny Adds Manhattan Prosecutor, Continuing White Collar Buildout

November 1, 2022

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity: Celebrating the Most Active LCLD Members in 2022

September 30, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Adds Financial Crimes Deputy Chief As Partner

September 19, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Adds Media & Technology Co-Chair In NY

September 13, 2022

Reuters: Media, Tech Dealmaker Jumps to O’Melveny in New York

September 13, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Hires DLA Piper Energy Regulatory Attorney In DC

September 7, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Adds Longtime Life Sci IP Litigator From Honigman

August 29, 2022

Daily Journal: O’Melveny Adds Veteran Commercial Real Estate Attorney

July 27, 2022

The Texas Lawbook: Houston PE Lawyer Jumps to O’Melveny

July 27, 2022

The Texas Lawbook: O’Melveny Adds Crypto/Cyber Expert from US Attorney’s Office

July 18, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Hires Top Prosecutor For White Collar Team

July 18, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Continues Tech Expansion With Calif. Atty Hires

July 13, 2022

The American Lawyer: Over 400 Managing Partners, GCs Make Public DEI Pledges as LCLD Campaign Concludes

June 17, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Vet Would Bring Youth, Diversity To DC Circuit

June 15, 2022

Law360: ‘Momentum Takes Over’ O’Melveny’s Growth In Texas

May 3, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Launches Houston Office With 3 Ex-Willkie Attys

May 2, 2022

Texas Lawyer: O’Melveny Launches Houston Office, Hires 3 Willkie Corporate Partners

May 2, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Hires 6th Partner From Locke Lord In Texas

April 26, 2022

The Texas Lawbook: Capital Markets Pro Michelle Earley Jumps to O’Melveny

April 25, 2022

Texas Lawyer: O’Melveny Continues Texas Expansion With Locke Lord Partner in Austin

April 25, 2022

The National Law Journal: The Marble Palace Blog: Kagan, Biden, Clinton and Other Friends of Walter Dellinger Pay Tribute

March 23, 2022

The AmLaw Litigation Daily: As Firm Financials for 2021 Start Flowing In, A Couple of Observations on Litigation Micro-Trends

March 1, 2022 International: Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine: Reflections on Lawyers Waking Up to War

February 28, 2022

The American Lawyer: O’Melveny’s Profitability Growth Tracks 9% Revenue Hike in Year of Heavy Investment

February 23, 2022

Reuters: Walter Dellinger, Supreme Court Advocate and Legal Scholar, Dies at 80

February 16, 2022

Bloomberg Law: Walter Dellinger, Supreme Court Advocate and Duke Professor, Dies

February 16, 2022

Law360: Walter Dellinger, Acting SG Under Clinton, Dies

February 16, 2022

The National Law Journal: ‘A Lion of the Law’: O’Melveny’s Walter Dellinger III, Former Acting US Solicitor General, Dead at 80

February 16, 2022

Dallas Business Journal: Local Corporate and Private Equity M&A lawyers Switch Firms, Talk How to Get Deals Done

February 7, 2022

Reuters: Appellate Law Veteran at O’Melveny Leaves for DOJ legal Counsel Post

February 4, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Hires Morgan Lewis Partner In Texas

February 3, 2022

The Texas Lawbook: Locke Lord Corporate Team in Dallas Departs for O’Melveny

January 19, 2022

Bloomberg Law: O’Melveny Grows Dallas Footprint With Five Locke Lord Partners

January 19, 2022

Reuters: O’Melveny Swipes Five-Partner Locke Lord Team in Further Texas Expansion

January 19, 2022

Texas Lawyer: O’Melveny Continues Texas Hiring With Five Locke Lord Corporate Partners

January 19, 2022

Bloomberg Law: O’Melveny Adds Private Equity Specialist Ike Chidi in California

December 13, 2021

The Recorder: O’Melveny Adds Private Equity Partner From McDermott in Los Angeles

December 13, 2021

Law360: O’Melveny Continues Texas Growth With Baker Botts Litigator

December 8, 2021

The Texas Lawbook: O’Melveny Adds Another Dallas Litigator

December 8, 2021

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December 7, 2021

Texas Lawyer: Baker Botts Litigator Joins O’Melveny in Dallas

December 7, 2021

Private Equity Wire: O’Melveny Expands Korea Practice

November 19, 2021

The Texas Lawbook: O’Melveny Jolts Texas Growth With LNG Expert From K&S

November 18, 2021

Texas Lawyer: Building an Energy Team in Texas, O’Melveny Adds King & Spalding Partner With LNG Experience

November 18, 2021

ICLG: O’Melveny Nabs Manatt Entertainment Head

October 29, 2021

The Wrap: Lindsay Conner Joins Law Firm O’Melveny’s Entertainment, Sports & Media Group

October 18, 2021

Press Releases

Brian P. Brooks—former Acting US Comptroller of the Currency—Rejoins O’Melveny

September 12, 2023

O’Melveny Again Takes Top Spot in The American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associates Survey

August 22, 2023

One Hundred O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America ® 2024

August 17, 2023

O’Melveny Welcomes Duo of Top Houston Trial Lawyers: Travis Sales & John Anaipakos

August 1, 2023

O’Melveny Welcomes Versatile New York M&A Partner Brian F. McKenna

April 27, 2023

O’Melveny Welcomes Acclaimed London Corporate Finance Partner Greg Campbell

April 19, 2023

Ron Klain—Former Biden White House Chief of Staff—Rejoins O’Melveny

April 17, 2023

O’Melveny Welcomes Leading New York Corporate Finance Partner Robert Wann Jr.

March 6, 2023

O’Melveny Welcomes Former FTC Litigator Peter Herrick to its New York Office

February 27, 2023

O’Melveny Welcomes Dallas Labor & Employment Litigator Kimberly Williams

February 22, 2023

O’Melveny Welcomes Leading Intellectual Property Litigator Robert F. Shaffer to its Washington, DC Office

February 1, 2023

O’Melveny Welcomes Former New York Federal Civil Prosecutor Natasha Waglow Teleanu

January 9, 2023

O’Melveny to Add 11 New Partners in 2023

December 14, 2022

O’Melveny Welcomes Leading Bank Regulatory Lawyer Jarryd Anderson

November 8, 2022

Feerick Center for Social Justice Honors O’Melveny Chair Bradley J. Butwin and the Firm with Spirit of Service Award

November 3, 2022

O’Melveny Welcomes Top Former New York Federal Prosecutor Rebecca Mermelstein

November 1, 2022

O’Melveny Again Receives Morgan Stanley Leadership and Excellence in Inclusion and Diversity Award

October 28, 2022

O’Melveny Recognized by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity with the Compass Award

October 12, 2022

O’Melveny Welcomes Former U.S. Department of the Treasury FinCEN Deputy Director AnnaLou Tirol

September 19, 2022

O’Melveny Grows New York Corporate Practice with Media and Technology Trailblazer Matthew Syrkin

September 13, 2022

O’Melveny Continues Expansion of Energy Practice with Renowned Energy Regulatory Lawyer Andrew B. Young

September 7, 2022

Eighty Five O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America ® 2023

August 24, 2022

O’Melveny’s Rapid Texas Growth Continues with Addition of Houston Private Equity Dealmaker Garrett Johnston

July 27, 2022

O’Melveny Welcomes Leading Real Estate Dealmaker Peter J. Breckheimer

July 26, 2022

O’Melveny Welcomes Acclaimed Energy Lawyer Ryan Sears in Dallas

July 25, 2022

O’Melveny Expands Dallas White Collar Team by Welcoming Former Federal Prosecutor Sid Mody

July 18, 2022

O’Melveny Welcomes Veteran Technology Lawyers Nathaniel P. Gallon and Ashwin Gokhale in Northern California

July 13, 2022

O’Melveny Ranked Among Top 3 “Best Law Firms To Work For” by Vault for Unprecedented 8th Consecutive Year

July 8, 2022

Former O’Melveny Partner Brad Garcia Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

June 15, 2022

O’Melveny Continues March into Texas, Opening Houston Office and Adding Three Top Dealmakers

May 2, 2022

O’Melveny Welcomes Distinguished Capital Markets Partner Michelle Earley to its Austin Office

April 25, 2022

Chambers Global Recognizes 29 O’Melveny Lawyers and 11 Practice Groups

February 25, 2022

O’Melveny Adds Distinguished Five-Partner Corporate, Tax Team in Dallas

January 19, 2022

O’Melveny Names Thirteen New Partners in 2022

December 15, 2021

O’Melveny Continues Private Equity Expansion by Adding Nationally Recognized Finance Partner

December 13, 2021

O’Melveny Furthers Texas Expansion with Arrival of “Rising Star” Trial Lawyer Kristin Cope in Dallas

December 7, 2021

O’Melveny Lauded at The American Lawyer Industry Awards

December 6, 2021

O’Melveny Continues Texas Expansion with Addition of Renowned Energy Sector Dealmaker

November 17, 2021

O’Melveny Receives Bank of America’s Diversity & Inclusion Award for Second Time

November 5, 2021

O’Melveny Chair Bradley J. Butwin to Receive American Jewish Committee’s 2021 Judge Learned Hand Award

November 4, 2021

O’Melveny Recognized by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity with the Compass Award

November 3, 2021

O’Melveny Further Expands Korea Practice as Dealmaker Woojae Kim Joins Seoul Office

November 1, 2021

O’Melveny Welcomes Leading Entertainment Dealmaker Lindsay Conner to Century City

October 18, 2021

David Harbach, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and DOJ Prosecutor, to Join O’Melveny

October 13, 2021

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