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 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—including earning a second-place finish in the most recent competition in 2020. 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.


Honors & Awards

  • Top NY Securities and Commercial Litigators, Chambers USA
  • Human Relations Award, Anti-Defamation League, New York Lawyers Division
  • Thurgood Marshall Award, New York City Bar Association
  • Medal of Achievement, Fordham Law Alumni Association
  • Leonard F. Manning Achievement Award, Fordham Law Review Alumni Association
  • Practice Area Star, Litigation Star, and Local Litigation Star in Antitrust, General Commercial, and Securities, Benchmark Litigation (2019-20)
  • Securities Litigation - Recommended Lawyer, Legal 500 
  • “500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® for Commercial Litigation since 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Albertson Soccer Club


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
  • Executive Committee & Co-Founder, Court Square Law Project
  • Board of Directors, Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society
  • 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 (2019 Honoree)
  • 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 Repeats Trifecta of #1 Rankings in Vault’s 2021 Law Firm Survey

September 15, 2020

O’Melveny Welcomes Versatile Commercial Litigator in Washington, DC

September 14, 2020

O’Melveny Honored Among “Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother for Eighth Consecutive Year

September 8, 2020

More than 40 O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized in 35+ Practices by Best Lawyers in America® 2021

August 25, 2020

O’Melveny Takes Top Spot in The American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associates Survey

August 24, 2020

O’Melveny Welcomes Leading Securities Litigator in Silicon Valley

August 17, 2020

O’Melveny Ascends to Top 3 on The American Lawyer’s “A-List”

August 6, 2020

American Constitution Society Honors Dellinger with Lifetime Achievement Award

June 9, 2020

Bradley J. Butwin Elected to Third Term as O’Melveny Chair

May 14, 2020

O’Melveny Named Leading Law Firm by Chambers USA 2020

April 27, 2020

O’Melveny Bolsters Real Estate Ranks with Returning Partners

April 22, 2020

O’Melveny Welcomes C. Todd Boes as Private Equity Push Continues

April 8, 2020

O’Melveny Announces New Leadership Appointments

March 30, 2020

O’Melveny Welcomes Leading Entertainment Finance Partners to New York Corporate Practice

March 16, 2020

Chambers Global Names 20 O’Melveny Lawyers and 11 Practice Groups Among World’s Best

February 21, 2020

O’Melveny Named Runner-Up in American Lawyer’s National Litigation Department of the Year Competition

January 6, 2020

O’Melveny to Add Five New Partners in 2020

December 12, 2019

O’Melveny Lauded at The American Lawyer Industry Awards

December 5, 2019

Former Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben to Join O’Melveny

December 3, 2019

O’Melveny Welcomes Aviation Finance Partner in New York

October 14, 2019

O’Melveny Again Ranks Among Top Firms for Satisfaction in American Lawyer’s Midlevel Associates Survey

August 26, 2019

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

For Seventh Consecutive Year, O’Melveny Honored Among “Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother

July 16, 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

Court Square Law Project Receives ABA Award for Legal Access

January 28, 2019

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

In the News

The American Lawyer: As They Navigate the Pandemic, Midlevel Associates Say Law Firm Transparency Is Paramount

August 24, 2020

The American Lawyer: The 2020 A-List: Amid Upheaval, Firms Focus on Finding Balance

August 5, 2020

The American Lawyer: Law Firms Voice Support for Change—and Pledge to Donate and Take Action

June 10, 2020

The American Lawyer: Headed for 3rd Term, O’Melveny’s Butwin Surveys the Future

May 29, 2020

The American Lawyer: 7 People, 4 Lawyers, 3 Dogs and Spotty Wi-Fi: In Quarantine With O’Melveny Chairman Brad Butwin

May 19, 2020

The Global Legal Post: O’Melveny & Myers Elects Bradley Butwin as Chair for Third Term

May 18, 2020

The Deal: Movers and Shakers

May 15, 2020

PR Newswire: Bradley J. Butwin Elected to Third Term as O’Melveny Chair

May 14, 2020

The American Lawyer: O'Melveny Elects Butwin Again to Lead Firm as Chairman Through 2025

May 14, 2020

The American Lawyer: O’Melveny Elects Butwin Again to Lead Firm as Chairman Through 2025

May 14, 2020

Law360: O’Melveny Re-Elects Chair To Third Term

May 14, 2020

Bloomberg Law: O’Melveny Re-Elects Chair Bradley Butwin to Serve Until 2025

May 14, 2020 O’Melveny & Myers Brings Back Property Duo from DLA Piper

May 12, 2020

Law360: O'Melveny Picks Up Private Equity Partner From Ropes & Gray

April 10, 2020

AlphaWeek: O’Melveny Adds Todd Boes In San Francisco To Bolster Private Equity Team

April 8, 2020

The American Lawyer: O’Melveny Promotes New Practice Heads, Reshuffles Office Chiefs in Calif., NY

March 30, 2020

The American Lawyer: Busy Litigation Docket, Big Deals Drive Gains at O’Melveny & Myers

February 25, 2020

WABC-TV Eyewitness News: Queens Teenager Left Homeless by Fire Wins College Scholarship

May 31, 2019

The National Law Journal: Ex-Obama Official Lisa Monaco Joins O’Melveny as Data Security and Privacy Co-Chair

March 21, 2019

The American Lawyer: O’Melveny Posts Record Income, Profit Growth in 2018

February 28, 2019

The Hollywood Reporter: A Nice Holiday Bonus

December 17, 2018