D. Brandon Trice

Counsel | New York
T: (212) 763-0883
E: btrice@kaplanhecker.com
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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 was a member of the legal team that reached a historic settlement agreement with the Florida State Board of Education, Florida Department of Education, and school districts that effectively nullified the most dangerous and discriminatory impacts of 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 is the firm’s 2024 Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He clerked for the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable J. Paul Oetken of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

Brandon received his J.D. 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 B.A. in Philosophy from Wesleyan University.

Select Publications

  • Co-author, “A Decade After 'US v. Windsor,' We Cannot Relent,” The National Law Journal (2023)


  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 2009
  • J.D., Yale Law School, Editor, Yale Law Journal; Submissions Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation, 2012


  • Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Hon. J. Paul Oetken, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40, National LGBTQ+ Bar Association and Foundation, 2024
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2024
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2024
  • 500 X – The Next Generation, Lawdragon, 2023
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, Legal Aid Society, 2015, 2017, and 2022
  • Board Member, Housing Works Bookstore


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third and Seventh Circuits
  • ​U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York
  • New York

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