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Brian D. Netter

Mayer Brown LLP

Washington, DC, USA

Brian Netter is a partner in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court & Appellate practice.

Brian briefs and argues high profile and legally complex cases. His experience covers a broad range of substantive areas, and he frequently litigates cases involving administrative law, constitutional law, and ERISA. Earlier in his career, Brian served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Stephen Breyer on the US Supreme Court and to Judge Judith W. Rogers on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Much of Brian's work involves issues of first impression in the federal courts. He is currently co-lead counsel to the District of Columbia Council in litigation against the Mayor about the District's right to spend local tax dollars. On three occasions, Brian's innovative work has been recognized in The National Law Journal's "Appellate Hot List," including a case in which he filed briefs convincing the Supreme Court to invalidate a local ordinance under the Constitution's little-known Tonnage Clause and another case in which his briefs in the DC Circuit resulted in the invalidation of a significant EPA rulemaking as impermissibly retroactive. Brian has also been recognized by Washington DC Super Lawyers as an emerging star in appeals.

On ERISA questions, Brian litigates class action disputes and advises clients on issues prompting such litigation, particularly as relates to ERISA's fiduciary standards. He is a frequent commentator on ERISA issues, including the Supreme Court's ERISA docket.

Prior to his career as a lawyer, Brian earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial & Operations Engineering.

Areas of Focus
Health Care Litigation & Dispute Resolution
ERISA Litigation Supreme Court & Appellate

Yale Law School, JD 2006
Reviews Editor, Yale Law Journal; Thurman Arnold Prize (best oralist) and Potter Stewart Prize (best team) in Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals, John M. Olin Prize (law and economics) and Margaret Gruter Prize (ethology and the law) for outstanding papers and William K.S. Wang Prize for excellence in corporate law

University of Michigan, MSE 2003 University of Michigan 2002

BSE, Industrial & Operations Engineering, summa cum laude


District of Columbia 2008
Illinois 2006 US Supreme Court 2011
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2009
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 2012
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 2009
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 2009
US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 2012
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2008
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit 2007
US District Court for the District of Columbia 2014
US Tax Court 2012

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