Bradley J. Butwin

Partner

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Brad Butwin is the Chair of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, an internationally acclaimed law firm of approximately 700 attorneys in 15 offices worldwide. Under Brad’s leadership, O’Melveny has consistently ranked among the top 10 on The American Lawyer’s “A-List,” which recognizes the nation’s most “well-rounded” firms in the areas of revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, associate satisfaction, and diversity representation. During that time, O’Melveny has also been a perennial honoree in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year” competition, and in the Vault 2017 Law Firm Rankings, it was named “Best Firm to Work For.”

In addition to his leadership roles, which have included Chair of the Litigation Department, Brad maintains an active practice as a trial lawyer. Chambers USA ranks Brad among the top securities litigators in the nation and regularly rates him as one of the leading commercial litigators in New York. Chambers reports that clients describe Brad “as a ‘standout lawyer’ in securities disputes” and a “brilliant mind” who “[enjoys] a fine reputation for his impressive work in the securities litigation field.” Benchmark Litigation named Brad both a “National Litigation Star” and a “National Securities Star,” and consistently lists him as one of the country’s top securities litigators. Legal 500 has recognized Brad’s securities litigation practice, Lawdragon lists Brad among its “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” and Best Lawyers identifies Brad as a leading commercial litigator.

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Honors & Awards

  • Human Relations Award, Anti-Defamation League, New York Lawyers Division
  • Thurgood Marshall Award, New York City Bar Association
  • Top commercial litigators in New York, Chambers USA
  • “National Litigation Star” and “National Securities Star,” Benchmark Litigation
  • Securities Litigation, Legal 500
  • “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon
  • Leading commercial litigators, Best Lawyers

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • Fordham University, J.D., 1985: commentary editor, Fordham Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.B.A., Risk & Insurance, 1982

Professional Activities

Cofounder

  • Court Square Law Project

Chairman

  • Fordham Law School, Financial Aid Campaign

Board Member

  • Board of Directors, Only Make Believe
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society
  • Board of Directors, Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Board of Advisors, American Society of Legal Writers
  • Board of Advisors, Law Practice Management Committee, New York State Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Court Square Law Project

Member

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Financial Reporting
  • New York City Bar Association Task Force, New Lawyers in a Changing Profession
  • Fordham Law School, Dean’s Planning Council

Clerkships

  • US District Judge David N. Edelstein (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Defending a large financial institution in a putative class action stemming from recent media reports concerning high-frequency trading. City of Providence, Rhode Island v. Bats Global Markets, Inc., Credit Suisse, et al., No. 1:14-CV-02811-JMF (S.D.N.Y.) 
  • Defending a large financial institution against lawsuits that seek more than US$1 billion for claims arising from the collapse of Bernard Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme. Picard v. Credit Suisse AG, et al., No. 11-CV-2925 (S.D.N.Y.) 
  • Obtaining dismissal of the lead underwriters in a putative securities class action arising from the US$1 billion IPO by the Argentine energy company YPF. Monroe County Employees Retirement System v. YPF Sociedad Anonima, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, et al., No. 1:13-CV-00842-SAS (S.D.N.Y.) 
  • Defending the lead underwriters in a putative class action alleging that Groupon’s IPO offering materials and other public statements artificially understated the company’s refund reserves, thereby overstating its revenues and profits. In re Groupon, Inc. Securities Litig., No. 1:12-CV-02450 (N.D. Ill.) 
  • Defending a securities underwriting syndicate in a putative class action alleging that the offering materials for two public stock offerings of BioScrip, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, were materially false and misleading. Faig v. Bioscrip, Inc., Morgan Stanley, Jeffries, et al., No. 1:13-CV-06922-AJN (S.D.N.Y.) 
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Press Releases

O’Melveny Earns Bank of America Legal Department’s 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Business Council Award

June 1, 2017

O’Melveny Earns Bank of America Legal Department’s 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Business Council Award

June 1, 2017

O’Melveny Adds Heavy Hitter as Sports Industry Group Co-Chair

April 17, 2017

O’Melveny Adds Patent Litigator as a Partner in Washington, DC

January 23, 2017

O’Melveny Launches William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship Aimed at Increasing Legal Diversity

January 9, 2017

O’Melveny Ranked No. 2 on American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associates Survey

August 29, 2016

O’Melveny Adds Capital Markets and M&A Partner to Hong Kong Office

June 6, 2016

O'Melveny Names Paul Scrivano Head of Global M&A Practice

December 28, 2015

O’Melveny Announces 2016 Partner Class

December 14, 2015

White House Senior Counsel Returns to O’Melveny

November 16, 2015

O’Melveny Helps Launch Court Square Law Project

October 26, 2015

O’Melveny Associate Satisfaction Highly Ranked in Survey

August 27, 2015

O’Melveny Recognized For Diversity Achievements, Summer Program

July 28, 2015

O’Melveny Welcomes Corporate Partner in London

July 13, 2015

O’Melveny Names Jan Birtwell as Head of London Office

June 9, 2015

O’Melveny’s Christofferson Joins AECOM as Executive Vice President and General Counsel

March 2, 2015

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