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Brady C. Williamson

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Brady Williamson is a constitutional and corporate litigator who has taught periodically at the University of Wisconsin Law School for more than 25 years. Brady is a member of the firm's Business Finance, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice and Media Law Groups. 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 latest trip to Iraq came just before the 2010 parliamentary elections and to Southern Sudan in 2011, just before the country's independence.) His constitutional work there has been sponsored, under a grant from the U.S. government, 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 1,300-page report to Congress, the Chief Justice and the President on October 20, 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 formed by U.S. Senators 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.

Most recently, at the law school, he has taught a seminar: The Arab Spring: Revolutions, Constitutions & Elections -- the Legal Perspective. For 2013, he has directed a series of student research projects on constitutional change in Egypt and other countries in the region.

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 1975

Court Admissions

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 (2006)

Recognized as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer (2005 – 2012, 2014 – 2015)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (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)

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Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1975

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