D. Brandon Trice
Brandon Trice is counsel at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.
Brandon has significant experience in complex commercial, public impact, structured finance, securities, and employment litigation. He has represented Siemens, Uber Technologies, Inc., TransUnion, PayPal, and Google in litigation and investigations. He has also litigated numerous residential mortgage-backed securities cases (on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants) and represented Pershing Square Holdings, Ltd. in defending against a recent challenge to special purpose acquisition companies. Brandon successfully obtained dismissal of shareholder fiduciary claims against Time Warner and the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors, and he has represented a major law firm in successfully defending against claims for indemnification, a leading art broker in litigation arising out of Christie’s sale of the world’s largest pink diamond, and artist George Condo in divorce proceedings. Brandon has also represented numerous high-level executives of major companies in negotiating separation packages.
Brandon maintains an active pro bono practice and is committed to promoting progressive causes through litigation. Most recently, Brandon has been part of the firm’s efforts to invalidate Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. Brandon also recently worked with the Legal Aid Society on a lawsuit that led to New York City restricting the use of criminal records in assessing applications for public housing, as well as a class action that resulted in a substantial increase in shelter capacity for New York City’s homeless youth. In recognition of his work, Brandon received the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award in 2015, 2017, and 2022. Brandon also represented the American Civil Liberties Union and New York Civil Liberties Union in a successful First Amendment challenge to a New York law that required non-profit organizations to disclose certain donors, and he successfully opposed a petition for certiorari (over a three-judge dissent) that sought to challenge Washington’s restriction on disclosing union members’ contact information to the public. In addition, Brandon has filed numerous amicus briefs on behalf of public interest organizations, legal scholars, and politicians, including in Obergefell, which recognized the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry, and in a series of cases challenging the Trump administration’s immigration-related conditions on law enforcement funding.
Brandon clerked for the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable J. Paul Oetken of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Brandon received his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Submissions Editor for the Yale Journal on Regulation. While at Yale, he was also a research assistant for Professors William Eskridge and Judith Resnik, and served as the social chair of the school's LGBT affinity group, Outlaws. Brandon received his BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University.