Stephen D. Brody is a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington, DC office, Co-Chair of the firm-wide Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice, and leader of the practice’s Drug and Medical Device subgroup. He also works frequently with attorneys in the firm’s Consumer Class Actions, Appellate, and White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practices.
Steve is a trial lawyer and works on a wide variety of complex, aggregated litigation, with a primary focus on pharmaceutical, health care, and product liability matters, including State Attorney General investigations and litigation. He has defended class actions and State AG cases involving pharmaceutical marketing, consumer fraud, state Medicaid reimbursement, health insurance plan benefits, preferred provider agreements, and 401(k) fees and retirement plan investment selection. He also has an active appellate practice, and has recently handled appeals in the 4th, 8th, 10th,11th and DC Circuits, and state appellate courts in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. In 2014, he obtained reversal of $1.7 billion in consumer fraud judgments for his clients.
Before joining O'Melveny, Steve was the Acting Director of the Tobacco Litigation Team at the US Department of Justice. In that role, and in his prior role as the team's Deputy Director, Steve led a team of 35 Justice Department lawyers through four years of discovery on three continents and a nine-month civil RICO trial against major cigarette manufacturers in one of the largest civil cases ever brought by the Department of Justice. During the course of the litigation, Steve not only led the government's prosecution, but also represented the interests of almost 20 executive branch agencies. The case resulted in a 1,653-page opinion from the district court awarding judgment for the United States against all defendants. The judgment was upheld on appeal. Steve’s work on the tobacco case has been described in several journal articles and books, including Harvard medical historian Allan Brandt’s The Cigarette Century (Basic Books 2007) and Bad Acts: The Racketeering Case Against the Tobacco Industry (American Public Health Assn. 2012).
Steve is a member of the faculty for the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law, one of the nation's premier trial advocacy programs for practicing lawyers. He is also a frequent speaker on state Attorney General investigations and litigation and product liability issues.
Steve serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of Washington, DC, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.