Brady Williamson is a constitutional and corporate litigator who has taught periodically at the University of Wisconsin Law School for more than 25 years. He has successfully represented clients in the U.S. Supreme Court, and he often appears in the federal and state appellate courts on constitutional issues.
He has long been involved in constitutional and election law projects in Iraq, Southern Sudan, Egypt and Bangladesh, traveling frequently to Baghdad and East Africa to work with the committees drafting new national and regional constitutions. His pro bono constitutional work has been sponsored, by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, a nonprofit organization working to strengthen democracy world-wide. In December 2012, sponsored by the Carter Center Democracy Project, he spent a week in Cairo assessing the Egyptian constitutional process.
In the United States, Brady’s legal practice focuses on appellate advocacy and corporate law and reorganization. He has argued and won a U.S. Supreme Court case that addressed the relationship between federal and state law, and he has litigated a wide range of Equal Protection, Due Process and First Amendment cases.
In 1996, Brady was appointed by the President of the United States to chair the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, which submitted its comprehensive recommendations to Congress, the Chief Justice and the President in 1997. Brady is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, whose membership is limited to 60 academics, judges, and practitioners with a focus on bankruptcy law. He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the American College of Bankruptcy. He has served on several public advisory committees to help evaluate federal judicial nominees.
In 2009, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York appointed him an examiner in the General Motors reorganization cases. The firm and Brady also have served as counsel to the Fee Committee in the Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 proceedings and, now, the Fee Committee in the Energy Future Corp. reorganization and other cases.
Admitted To Practice
Wisconsin - 1975
United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
United States Supreme Court
Environmental Law and Policy Center - Board Member
William T. Evjue Charitable Trust - Trustee
Recipient of the University of Wisconsin Law School's Warren H. Stolper Award, recognizing excellence in teaching and a commitment to the law school
Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2005 – 2012, 2014 – 2016)
Listed in Best Lawyers (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, First Amendment, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation - First Amendment, 1993 - 2016; Media Law, 2016; Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - First Amendment, 2012)
Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (General Commercial Litigation, 2007 - 2016)
The International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers (2011)
Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star (Appellate and General Commercial, 2013 - 2016)
Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1975