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Melvin A. Brosterman

PARTNER, NEW YORK



Mr. Brosterman is a partner in the litigation practice group. His practice focuses on commodities, securities and general corporate litigation. He has served as counsel for plaintiffs and defendants in actions arising from contracts for the purchase and sale of power, natural gas, crude oil, petroleum products and coal. He has also represented defendants, or groups of defendants, in class and individual actions arising under the federal securities laws, the federal commodities laws, and in actions involving power marketers, traders and generators, securities firms, commodity trading firms, service and manufacturing companies, hedge funds, banks, and other public and private companies and their officers and directors. He acts as principal litigation counsel to several firms which regularly consult with him on a wide range of matters.

Mr. Brosterman has appeared on behalf of clients in investigations and proceedings before the SEC, the Justice Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and substantially every commodity exchange in New York and Chicago, and he successfully tried proceedings before the SEC and CFTC.

Mr. Brosterman has an active trial practice and has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, has represented clients in appeals before several of the United States Courts of Appeals and in the New York State appellate courts, and has represented parties in arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and various U.S. stock and commodity exchanges. Mr. Brosterman regularly lectures on securities, commodities and corporate law topics, and conducts compliance seminars in each of these areas.

Following graduation from law school, Mr. Brosterman joined the Office of the General Counsel of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, D.C. As an attorney in that Office for three years, he represented the SEC as a party and as amicus curiae in appeals before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and D.C. Circuits and in actions before the United States District Courts.

Memberships
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Member, American Bar Association
Admitted to Practice
New York, 1975
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1978; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1978; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1976; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1988; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2001; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2006; U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
Education
J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1974; Editor, Brooklyn Law Review, 1973-1974; Member, Brooklyn Law Review, 1972-1973
B.A., State University of New York, Albany, 1971
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