James E. Brandt is Co-Chair of the Litigation & Trial Department in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, where he formerly served as the Managing Partner. Mr. Brandt is a member of the Restructuring & Special Situations, Securities Litigation & Professional Liability, and Takeover Defense Practices. He focuses extensively on complex litigation involving financial matters, including securities and corporate transactions and insolvency matters, which include litigation in bankruptcy court and commercial matters.
Mr. Brandt is an experienced trial attorney who has run matters that are local, national, and international in scope. He practices regularly in the state and federal courts of New York and has also handled cases in numerous jurisdictions, including, among others, California, Delaware, Illinois, and Florida.
Mr. Brandt has handled numerous cross-border controversies and matters in alternative dispute resolution forums, and also has a specialty in the defense of companies against bondholder claims. He has handled the full gamut of commercial litigation matters and has served as outside litigation counsel to Jefferies, the Weider Companies, HedgServ, and Rothschild, Inc, among others. He received particular notoriety for his 2013 victory for the Beverage Industry against the City of New York in the infamous Soda Ban case.
He speaks and writes regularly on topics within his areas of specialty. Mr. Brandt is routinely cited as a leading attorney in the area of commercial litigation by The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA, and as a Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting.