Melvin A. BrostermanPartner

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An accomplished litigator, Mel represents trading firms, banks, energy companies and other public and private companies in a range of disputes, acting as principal litigation counsel to several firms. In addition, Mel regularly appears for clients in investigations and proceedings before the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and various exchanges and other self-regulatory organizations. He has also appeared before several of the United States Courts of Appeals and the New York State appellate courts.

Mel has an active trial practice and has tried dozens of jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts nationwide, and has represented parties in arbitrations before domestic and international tribunals. He has successfully advocated for both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous commercial disputes, actions arising from the purchase and sale of a wide range of physical commodities, securities and derivatives, and in the trial of enforcement proceedings brought by the SEC and the CFTC.

Mel began his career in the Office of the General Counsel of the SEC. During that time, he represented the SEC in appeals and as amicus curiae 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.

With more than 40 years of experience, Mel is considered one of the top-rated commodities litigation attorneys. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers multiple times and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America. Mel regularly lectures on securities, commodities and corporate law topics, and conducts compliance seminars in each of these areas.


  • Member, American Bar Association

Admitted To Practice

New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


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