Bradley J. Butwin


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Brad Butwin is the Chair of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, an internationally acclaimed law firm of approximately 750 attorneys in 15 offices worldwide. Under Brad’s leadership, O’Melveny has for seven 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 revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, diversity representation, and associate satisfaction—the latter earning the firm a near-perfect score in 2017 and 2018. O’Melveny has also been a perennial honoree in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year” competition, and a repeat winner in Vault’s Law Firm Rankings—most recently earning #1 for “Best Firm to Work For,” #1 for “Best Summer Associate Program,” and #2 for “Overall Diversity.”

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 Brad has “very strong relationships with his clients,” who describe him as a “standout lawyer” and a “brilliant mind” who “[enjoys] a fine reputation for his impressive work in the securities litigation field.” Benchmark Litigation has regularly named Brad a “Local Litigation Star,” “National Litigation Star,” and a “National Securities Star,” and consistently lists him as one of the country’s top securities litigators. The 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.


Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2019 for Commercial Litigation in New York, NY; Brad has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2013.
  • Named a National Practice Area Star, Litigation Star, and Local Litigation Star in Antitrust, General Commercial, and Securities by Benchmark Litigation (2019)
  • Medal of Achievement, Fordham Law Alumni Association
  • Human Relations Award, Anti-Defamation League, New York Lawyers Division
  • Thurgood Marshall Award, New York City Bar Association
  • Top NY securities and commercial litigators, Chambers USA
  • Securities Litigation - Recommended Lawyer, Legal 500 
  • “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon


Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

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


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

Professional Activities

Board Member

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


  • Fordham Law School, Financial Aid Campaign


  • 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


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

Press Releases

O’Melveny Makes Strong Showing at American Lawyer Industry Awards

December 6, 2018

O’Melveny Honored with Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s “Compass Award”

October 17, 2018

O’Melveny Joins Ford Motor Company in a Global Day of Service

September 27, 2018

O’Melveny Repeats as a Top Firm in American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associates Survey

August 28, 2018

Nearly 40 O’Melveny Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America® 2019

August 15, 2018

O’Melveny Honored Among “Best Law Firms For Women” By Working Mother Magazine

July 31, 2018

Skilled Technology Transactions Lawyer Joins O’Melveny’s Life Sciences Team

July 16, 2018

Vault Names O’Melveny “Best Firm to Work For” and “Best Summer Associate Program” in 2019 Survey

June 27, 2018

Vault Names O’Melveny “Best Firm to Work For” and “Best Summer Associate Program” in 2019 Survey

June 27, 2018

Top-Ranked Team of Restructuring Lawyers to Join O’Melveny in New York

June 25, 2018

O’Melveny Secures Supreme Court Win for Client China Agritech

June 12, 2018

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

White House Senior Counsel Returns to O’Melveny

November 16, 2015

O’Melveny Recognized For Diversity Achievements, Summer Program

July 28, 2015

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

March 2, 2015

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