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. 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 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

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

American Lawyer Names O’Melveny to “A-List” of Top 10 Firms

July 24, 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

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 Awards Warren Christopher Scholarships to 15 Outstanding Los Angeles Students

June 1, 2018

O’Melveny Honors 15 New York High School Students with Scholarships

May 23, 2018

Ben Singer, Former Head of DOJ Securities and Health Care Fraud Units, To Join O’Melveny

May 22, 2018

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