Bradley J. Butwin


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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 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. O’Melveny has also been a perennial honoree in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year” competition, and in Vault’s 2018 Law Firm Rankings, the firm was ranked #1 for “Firm Culture.”

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 has regularly 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.


Honors & Awards

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


Bar Admissions

  • New York


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

Professional Activities


  • Court Square Law Project


  • 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


  • 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.)
  • 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.)