Steven G. Bradbury

Partner, Dechert LLP

Steven G. Bradbury is a nationally known litigation partner who focuses on antitrust and administrative law, judicial review of agency actions, Supreme Court cases and other appellate litigation, constitutional issues, national security law, and general commercial litigation. He has extensive experience representing leading companies in a wide range of litigation cases and administrative matters, at the agency, trial court, and appellate levels. 

Mr. Bradbury served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”) of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was principal deputy assistant attorney general from 2004 to 2009 and acting assistant attorney general from 2005 to 2007. As head of OLC, Mr. Bradbury advised the President, the attorney general, and the heads of the various executive departments of the federal government on some of the most significant questions of constitutional, statutory, and administrative law and treaty interpretation, and he testified numerous times before Congress. 

During his tenure in the Department of Justice, Mr. Bradbury received the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the DOJ, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the National Security Agency’s Intelligence Under Law Award, the Director of National Intelligence’s 2007 Intelligence Community Legal Award (Team of the Year, FISA Modernization), and the Criminal Division’s Award for Outstanding Law Enforcement Partnerships. 

Before serving as head of OLC, Mr. Bradbury was a partner in the Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 1994-2004, served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States, 1992-1993, worked as an attorney-adviser in OLC, 1991-1992, clerked for Judge James L. Buckley on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1990-1991, and was as an associate in the Washington office of Covington & Burling LLP, 1988-1990. 

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Publications and Multimedia
Pending Litigation and the New Administration - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
February 09, 2017
The Second Annual Mike Lewis Memorial Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
January 25, 2017
Zivotofsky v. Kerry - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-11-15
June 11, 2015
IS It Legal? Legal Authority for the Campaign Against the Islamic State - Event Audio/Video
DC Young Lawyers Chapter and The Alexander Hamilton Society
October 24, 2014
Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund
Short Video featuring Steven Bradbury
June 24, 2014
Balancing Privacy and Security - Event Audio/Video
2014 Annual Student Symposium
March 25, 2014
Fraud on the Market? - Oral Argument Preview of Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund - Podcast
Litigation and Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Groups Podcast
March 18, 2014
The NSA Telephone Metadata Program - Event Audio/Video
The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Symposium
March 04, 2014
NSA Court Decision - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
December 20, 2013
Bulk Data Collection and the NSA - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
July 29, 2013
Regulation and the Rule of Law? - Event Audio/Video
First Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 14, 2013
The Pentagon, the National Security Agency, and Domestic Cybersecurity - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
May 03, 2013
Private Attorneys and the War on Terror - Event Audio/Video
International & National Security Law Practice Group
December 06, 2012
National Security - Event Audio/Video
Cyber Security, National Security and Economic Security
June 28, 2011