D. Brandon Trice
D. Brandon Trice is counsel at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.
Brandon joined Kaplan Hecker from Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where he gained significant experience in securities, complex commercial, structured finance, art, and public impact litigation. Among other notable matters, Brandon has litigated numerous residential mortgage-backed securities cases on behalf of Ambac Assurance Corporation against some of the nation's largest financial institutions, including in the New York Court of Appeals; successfully obtained dismissal of shareholder fiduciary claims against Time Warner and the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors; and represented Siemens in several major contract disputes. Brandon also represented a leading art broker in a dispute arising out of Christie's sale of the Princie Diamond, and represented artist George Condo.
Brandon maintains an active pro bono practice. His recent matters include a class action with the Legal Aid Society 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 and 2017. 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. 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 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. He received his law degree 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, Brandon 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 holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Wesleyan University.