Bradley J. 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 seven 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 in 2017 and 2018.
O’Melveny has also been a perennial honoree in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year” competition, and a repeat winner in Vault’s Law Firm Rankings—most recently earning #1 for “Best Firm to Work For,” #1 for “Best Summer Associate Program,” and #2 for “Overall Diversity.”
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 regularly rates him as one of the leading commercial litigators in New York. Chambers reports that Brad has “very strong relationships with his clients,” who describe him as a “standout lawyer” and a “brilliant mind” who “[enjoys] a fine reputation for his impressive work in the securities litigation field.”
Benchmark Litigation has regularly named Brad a “Local Litigation Star,” “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.
Committed to the communities O’Melveny serves, Brad is a dedicated board member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, which promotes a more open and diverse legal profession, and Only Make Believe, a nonprofit that creates and performs interactive theater for children in hospitals and care facilities.
He is also active on the boards of the Legal Aid Society, the Supreme Court Historical Society, and the American Society of Legal Writers. In an effort to bring affordable legal representation to underserved communities, Brad cofounded the Court Square Law Project, an innovative public-private collaboration that pairs new law school graduates with clients of modest means. A longtime supporter of Fordham Law School, Brad is the Chairman of the Financial Aid Campaign and a member of the Dean’s Planning Council.
For his dedication to justice, Brad 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.
In recognition of his outstanding achievement in the law, the Fordham Law Alumni Association awarded Brad its Medal of Achievement, the highest honor it bestows.
Before entering private practice, Brad served as a law clerk for US District Judge David N. Edelstein (S.D.N.Y.). 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.
He and his wife, Randi, have four children, three of whom played Division I soccer at the collegiate level and now attend Fordham Law School; their youngest, age 15, is a talented dance instructor. A longtime Vice-President, Board Member, and Premier Program Director of the Albertson Soccer Club, Brad was honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
- New York
- 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
- 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
- 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
- US District Judge David N. Edelstein (S.D.N.Y.)
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