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 17 offices worldwide. Under Brad’s leadership, O’Melveny has for ten 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 associate satisfaction, revenue per lawyer, pro bono engagement, overall racial diversity, and gender diversity among the partnership—claiming the #1 spot in 2021. In The American Lawyer’s most recent Midlevel Associates Survey of more than 100 US law firms, O’Melveny ranked #1 for associate satisfaction. O’Melveny has also been a perennial honoree in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year” competition, earning a second-place finish in the 2020 competition. And it has been a repeat winner in Vault’s Law Firm Rankings, earning #1 in both 2019 and 2020 and #2 in 2021 across Vault’s most important Quality of Life rankings: “Best Law Firms To Work For,” “Overall Diversity,” and “Best Summer Associate Program.”

In addition to his leadership roles, which have included Chair of the Litigation Department, Brad maintains an active practice. 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. Citing peers, Benchmark calls Brad “a superb litigator — tenacious, smart, high-energy and quite effective, with good judgment.” The Legal 500 has recognized Brad’s securities litigation practice and Best Lawyers identifies Brad as a leading commercial litigator.

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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 (2019-21)
  • 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
  • Temple Judea of Manhasset, Honoree for Dedicated Service to the Temple and Community

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

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

Education

  • Fordham University, J.D., 1985: Commentary Editor, Fordham Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin, 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 Firm Antiracism Alliance
  • 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 (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

Clerkships

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

Press Releases

O’Melveny Teams with Peloton, Becoming First Law Firm to Offer Corporate Wellness to Lawyers and Staff

September 14, 2021

O’Melveny Continues Texas Expansion with Arrival of Leading Trial Lawyer Tim Durst in Dallas

September 1, 2021

More than 50 O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® 2022

August 20, 2021

O’Melveny Recognized with 2021 John H. Pickering Award

August 11, 2021

O’Melveny Reaches #1 on The American Lawyer’s “A-List”

August 5, 2021

O’Melveny Claims #2 Rankings in Vault’s 2022 Law Firm Survey

July 27, 2021

O’Melveny Welcomes Top Silicon Valley Dealmaker; Continues to Strengthen Technology Practice in Northern California

July 26, 2021

O’Melveny Continues Texas Expansion, Launches Dallas Office

June 29, 2021

O’Melveny Makes Top Five on American Lawyer’s 2021 Pro Bono Scorecard

June 28, 2021

O’Melveny Welcomes Leading Technology Partners to Silicon Valley and Century City

June 14, 2021

O’Melveny Expands into Texas

June 7, 2021

O’Melveny Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2021

May 25, 2021

Senior USPTO Official Joins O’Melveny’s IP & Technology Team

May 18, 2021

O’Melveny Partner Lisa Monaco Confirmed as Deputy Attorney General

April 20, 2021

O’Melveny Welcomes Back Partner Greg Jacob Following White House Service

April 8, 2021

Chambers Global Recognizes 22 O’Melveny Lawyers and 12 Practice Groups

February 23, 2021

O’Melveny Welcomes Back Julia Schiller from the Department of Justice

February 22, 2021

O’Melveny Welcomes Top Korean Dealmakers, Strengthening Asia Cross-Border Capabilities

February 18, 2021

O’Melveny Announces New Leadership Appointments

February 11, 2021

Partner Daniel Petrocelli Named 2020 “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer

January 15, 2021

O’Melveny Partner Lisa Monaco Nominated as Deputy Attorney General

January 7, 2021

Top Internet and Data Privacy Lawyer Tod Cohen Joins O’Melveny

January 5, 2021

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

December 3, 2020

O’Melveny Awards Warren Christopher Scholarships to 15 Remarkable Los Angeles Students

November 13, 2020

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Honors O’Melveny Once Again

November 4, 2020

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

In the News

O’Melveny Recognized as a Leader for Satisfaction, #1 for Tech, in The American Lawyer’s 2021 Midlevel Associates Survey

August 24, 2021

Dallas Business Journal: International law firm leases 25K-SF for first Dallas office

July 14, 2021

WSJ Pro Bankruptcy: O’Melveny Poaches Strubeck To Beef Up Lone Star State Bankruptcy Practice – Market Talk

June 30, 2021

The American Lawyer/Texas Lawyer: In Further Texas Expansion, O’Melveny Opens Dallas Office With Norton Rose Team

June 29, 2021

The Texas Lawbook: Four NRF Partners Open O’Melveny’s Office in Dallas

June 29, 2021

Reuters Legal: O’Melveny launches in Dallas with Norton Rose restructuring head

June 29, 2021

Law360: O’Melveny Opens Dallas Office With 4 Ex-Norton Rose Attys

June 29, 2021

Law360: O’Melveny Adds Ex-Cooley, Fox Rothschild Technology Pros

June 17, 2021

The Global Legal Post: O’Melveny Takes Thompson & Knight Energy Quartet to Launch Austin Office

June 8, 2021

The American Lawyer and Texas Lawyer: Smoking-Hot Austin Attracts Another Firm—O’Melveny & Myers

June 7, 2021

The American Lawyer: “None of This Happened by Accident”: How O’Melveny Built a Self-Sustaining Pipeline for Women Litigators

June 2, 2021

The American Lawyer: Big Law Leaders Pen Letter Denouncing Anti-Semitic Attacks

May 27, 2021

Law360: ‘Not A Flash In The Pan’: BigLaw Racial Justice Aid Continues

May 25, 2021

The American Lawyer: 7 People, 4 Lawyers, 3 Dogs and (Slightly Better) Wi-Fi: 14 Months and Counting at O’Melveny Chair Brad Butwin’s Full House

May 24, 2021

The National Law Journal: Former PTAB Vice Chief Judge Will Head Up O’Melveny’s Patent Office Practice

May 18, 2021

The Recorder: Dozens of Big Firm Leaders and GCs Speak Out Against ‘Unnecessary Obstacles’ to Voting

April 12, 2021

Mergers & Acquisitions: O’Melveny Hires Julia Schiller From DOJ

February 22, 2021

Bloomberg Law: O’Melveny Announces New Leaders, Including Litigation, Corporate

February 11, 2021

The American Lawyer O’Melveny Expands Leadership Ranks, Naming Another Vice Chair and Group Co-Chairs

February 11, 2021

Law.com: Compliance Hot Spots - O’Melveny, Wilmer Lawyers Snag Biden Posts

January 12, 2021

Law360: 5 Things To Know About Deputy AG Pick Lisa Monaco

January 7, 2021

Law.com What’s Next: In-House Leader for Twitter, eBay and StubHub Joins O’Melveny

January 5, 2021

Law360: Ex-Twitter Deputy General Counsel Joins O’Melveny

January 5, 2021

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

ICLG.com: 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

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