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 750 attorneys in 15 offices worldwide. Under Brad’s leadership, O’Melveny has for eight 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 for the last three years. O’Melveny has also been a perennial honoree in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year” competition. And it has been a repeat winner in Vault’s Law Firm Rankings, most recently earning #1 across three key measures—“Best Firm to Work For,” “Best Overall Diversity,” and “Best Summer Program”—a trifecta of honors that no other law firm has achieved.

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 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” who “is always reachable and responsive, [and] always wants to help.” 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. 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.

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Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2020 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

Admissions

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

Education

  • 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

Chairman

  • Fordham Law School, Financial Aid Campaign

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.)

Press Releases

DOJ Antitrust Prosecutor Joins O’Melveny’s San Francisco Office

August 1, 2019

O’Melveny Extends Streak on American Lawyer’s “A-List” of Top Law Firms

July 24, 2019

O’Melveny Extends Streak on American Lawyer’s “A-List” of Top Law Firms

July 24, 2019

O’Melveny Extends Streak on American Lawyer’s “A-List” of Top Law Firms

July 24, 2019

O’Melveny Sweeps “Quality of Life” Categories in Vault’s 2020 Law Firm Survey

June 26, 2019

O’Melveny Awards Scholarships to 15 Exceptional New York High School Students

June 3, 2019

Butwin Receives Fordham Law Review’s Leonard F. Manning Achievement Award

April 26, 2019

O’Melveny Honored as Leading Law Firm; Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2019

April 25, 2019

O’Melveny Welcomes Former US Homeland Security Advisor and Senior Justice Department Official Lisa Monaco

March 21, 2019

Chambers Global Recognizes 19 O’Melveny Lawyers and 13 Practice Groups Among World’s Best

February 25, 2019

O’Melveny Makes Strong Showing at American Lawyer Industry Awards

December 6, 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

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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