Anton Metlitsky


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Anton Metlitsky is an accomplished lawyer whose practice focuses specifically on appellate and complex litigation matters. Anton’s diversified legal experience is considerable. He has drafted numerous briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, state and federal courts of appeals, and trial courts. He has also presented oral argument in the New York Court of Appeals, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Sixth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In addition, his practice spans both civil and criminal matters, and includes a wide range of subject matters, including federal constitutional law, federal criminal law, federal jurisdiction and procedure, securities law, ERISA, bankruptcy law, insurance law, administrative law, international and foreign affairs law, antitrust, trademark, and federal preemption. Anton has also authored several law journal articles on various topics of federal law, and participated in panels concerning Supreme Court litigation, the Alien Tort Statute, and effective legal writing.

Based on his accomplishments as an appellate advocate, Law360 named Anton a 2013 “Rising Star”—one of five appellate attorneys under 40 nationwide to be recognized. Within O’Melveny, Anton is the recipient of a Warren Christopher Values Award, an honor bestowed on those who exemplify the Firm’s legacy of excellence, leadership, and citizenship.


  • Russian


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Eleventh, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


  • Harvard University, J.D., 2005: magna cum laude
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., B.S., 1999: summa cum laude

Professional Activities


  • Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr., US Supreme Court
  • Honorable Merrick Garland, US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit 


  • “The Alien Tort Statute, Separation of Powers, and the Limits of Federal-Common-Law Causes of Action,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (2013)
  • “Commentary:  What’s Left of the Alien Tort Statute,” SCOTUSBlog (April 2013)
  • “The Alien Tort Statute, Federal Common Law, and Corporate Human Rights Litigation,” Georgetown Journal of International Law (November 2012)
  • “Indirect Purchaser Standing In Federal Court: Take 2” (co-authors Ken O'Rourke and Mark Davies), Law360 (October 12, 2009)
  • Note, “How Clear is Clear in Chevron’s Step One?” 118 Harv. L. Rev. 1687 (2005)

U.S. Supreme Court

  • Merrill Lynch v. Manning — Co-authored merits briefs in important dispute concerning the scope of the exclusive federal jurisdiction provision of the Exchange Act of 1934
  • Wellness International v. Sharif — Co-authored merits brief in major test of the authority of bankruptcy judges under Article III of the U.S. Constitution 
  • Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice — Co-authored petition for certiorari and merits briefs in a high-profile securities fraud class action arising from the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Allen Stanford.
  • Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp. — Co-authored the successful certiorari-stage and merits briefs in federal preemption case with potentially significant consequences for preemption of asbestos-related tort claims, as well as tort claims in other contexts.
  • CompuCredit v. Greenwood — Co-authored the successful certiorari-stage and merits briefs in federal arbitration case concerning the enforceability of agreements to arbitrate federal statutory cause of actions.
  • Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC — Co-authored merits brief in a highly significant First Amendment case concerning the scope of the “ministerial exception” to the federal anti-discrimination laws.
  • City of Arlington v. FCC — Co-authored the merits brief for intervenor-respondent Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, arguing that federal agencies should not get Chevron deference concerning the scope of their own jurisdiction.
  • Hollingsworth v. Perry — Co-authored amicus brief, cited by the Court, setting forth the theory of Article III standing that the Court ultimately adopted in rejecting the right of the proponents of California’s Proposition 8 to appeal the invalidation of that provision in federal court.
  • Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum — Co-authored two amicus briefs arguing that the Alien Tort Statute does not recognize claims against corporations, and that the Statute also does not recognize claims for conduct occurring within the territory of a foreign sovereign.
  • Nat’l Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius — Co-authored amicus brief on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, arguing that if the “individual mandate” in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is invalidated as unconstitutional, then the Act should be invalidated in its entirety, because the mandate is non-severable from the remainder of the Act.

State and Federal Appellate Courts

  • Finerty v. Ford Motor Co. — Authored merits briefs and successfully argued case holding that parent corporation cannot be held liable in strict products liability for products manufactured and sold by its subsidiary, even if the parent influenced the subsidiary’s design and marketing of the allegedly defective product
  • Balintulo v. Ford Motor Co. — Co-authored trial court and appellate briefs in successful effort to dismiss class-action complaint seeking to hold Ford and a co-defendant liable for aiding and abetting the South African apartheid government’s human-rights abuses
  • Ambac v. Bank of America — Co-authored appellate briefs leading to landmark ruling by New York’s Appellate Division, First Department, holding that the common-interest doctrine is not limited to pending or anticipated litigation
  • United States v. Grimm — Co-authored post-trial motions and appellate briefs in successful statute-of-limitations challenge to criminal conspiracy convictions in the Second Circuit.
  • Verizon v. FCC — Co-authored merits brief in successful challenge to the FCC’s recent “net neutrality” order in the D.C. Circuit.
  • Sarei v. Rio Tinto — Co-authored appellate briefs and petition for certiorari resulting in the complete dismissal of decade-old Alien Tort Statute litigation.
  • Wurtz v. The Rawlings Company, LLC — Argued Second Circuit appeal and co-authored merits briefs in ERISA preemption challenge to New York’s recent anti-subrogation law.
  • Dennison v. MONY Life Retirement Income Security Plan — Co-authored trial and appellate briefs resulting in dismissal of class action seeking ERISA benefits under a retirement plan’s anti-cutback provision.
  • Rothstein v. UBS — Co-authored merits brief in precedent-setting Second Circuit appeal concerning standing under the Anti-Terrorism Act. 
  • Stuart v. Huff — Co-authored authored the merits brief in successful First Amendment challenge before Fourth Circuit to a North Carolina ultrasound regulation, and authored merits brief and argued interlocutory appeal concerning the rights of interested parties to intervene on the side of a state Attorney General in cases challenging the constitutionality of a state statute.
  • In re Prudential Retirement Insurance And Annuity Company — Co-authored the successful petition for a writ of mandamus in appeal to Seventh Circuit requesting extraordinary mandamus relief to reverse a district court order requiring disclosure of sensitive documents over which Prudential had asserted a claim of privilege.
  • In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation — Co-authored successful briefs in long-running antitrust litigation in which Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of all state law claims on the grounds those claims are preempted by federal antitrust law.
  • Advanced Rehabilitation, LLC v. UnitedHealhGroup, Inc. — Co-authored briefs before the Third Circuit in successful defense of dismissal of a purported class action alleging violations of ERISA and state law by refusing to reimburse plaintiffs for performing certain medical procedures.
  • Lofton v. McNeil Consumer Healthcare — Co-authored briefs before the Fifth Circuit that persuaded court to uphold a broad theory of federal preemption that will make it very difficult for plaintiffs in Texas to bring products liability failure-to-warn claims for injuries allegedly caused by FDA-approved drugs.
  • Staples the Office Superstore East, Inc. v. Flushing Town Center III, L.P. — Co-authored successful brief before the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division in a major contract dispute.
  • In re DPH Holdings Corp. — Co-authored successful briefs before the Second Circuit in appeal arising out of the Delphi Corporation’s 2005 bankruptcy.
  • People of the State of New York v. Greenberg — Co-authored amicus brief in the New York Court of Appeals in an important case concerning the scope of New York’s Martin Act, and whether the Attorney General’s action to collect private damages under that Act is preempted by federal law.