Bradley J. Butwin

Brad Butwin is the Chair of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, an internationally acclaimed law firm of approximately 750 attorneys in 15 offices worldwide. O’Melveny ranks second on The American Lawyer’s 2014 “A-List,” which recognizes the nation’s most “well-rounded” firms in the areas of revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, associate satisfaction, and diversity representation. Under Brad’s leadership, O’Melveny also returned to the finalists’ circle of The American Lawyer’s biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” competition in 2014. It is the seventh consecutive time the firm has either won, placed among the finalists, or received honorable mention—making O’Melveny one of only two firms to have garnered acclaim in every year of the award’s history.

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 has ranked Brad among the top 25 commercial litigators in New York for the past five years. Benchmark Litigation named Brad a “National Litigation Star” and has consistently listed him as one of the country’s top securities litigators. Legal 500 has recognized Brad’s securities litigation practice for the past three years, and Lawdragon lists Brad among its “500 Leading Lawyers in America.”

Brad is on the Board of Advisors of The American Society of Legal Writers, serves on the Fordham Law School Dean’s Planning Council, and is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Financial Reporting as well as the Bar Association’s Task Force on New Lawyers in a Changing Profession. He is also a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. In recognition of his dedication to justice, Brad recently received the Human Relations Award from the New York Lawyers Division of the Anti-Defamation League. He was also presented with the New York City Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award for his role in freeing a wrongly convicted man from Georgia’s death row. Brad received his J.D. from Fordham Law School, where he served as Commentary Editor of the Law Review, and his B.B.A. in Risk & Insurance from the University of Wisconsin. Before entering private practice, Brad served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge David N. Edelstein (S.D.N.Y.). He and his wife, Randi, have four children, three of whom have played or are playing Division I soccer at the collegiate level; their fourth, age 11, is an aspiring actress.

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Areas of Practice 1) Securities Litigation, 2) Derivatives and Structured Products, 3) United States, 4) Distressed Company and Bankruptcy Litigation, 5) Banks and Investment Banks, 6) Consumer Finance, 7) Litigation and 8) Financial Services
Law School Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1985
Education University of Wisconsin at Madison, B.B.A., 1982
Bar Member / Association New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm O Melveny & Myers LLP
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