Brad Smith 

Senior Attorney – New York
T.+1 212 504 6616
brad.smith@cwt.com
200 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281 V-CARD

Brad is a senior attorney in Cadwalader’s Corporate group, advising clients on both transactional and executive compensation and employee benefits matters.

Brad’s practice involves counseling clients in a broad range of corporate finance, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and general corporate advisory matters, with particular experience in the sports, media and entertainment sectors. He advises domestic and international high-net worth individuals, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and S corporations on various transactional matters.

In addition to his transactional practice, Brad advises clients on the executive compensation and benefits aspects of public and private mergers and acquisitions, including on corporate governance and securities law matters, as well as on compensatory and benefit arrangements and employment, change-in-control, retention, separation and consulting agreements.

Brad also advises clients on litigation matters, including providing guidance on securities, antitrust, accounting, compliance and corporate governance issues.

Brad has advised clients on numerous significant matters, including the representation of:

  • The co-founder of AriZona Iced Tea in a breach of contract matter and the largest corporate dissolution proceeding in New York history
  • A whistleblower against a national guardrail manufacturer, resulting in the largest verdict ever awarded in a False Claims Act case
  • Caithness Energy in a $2 billion sale of a portfolio of geothermal, solar, wind and natural gas energy facilities located throughout the western United States to affiliates of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC
  • Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in its acquisition of Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, a leading operator of outpatient physical therapy clinics focused on treating sports-related injuries
  • The Starr Companies (Starr International Company, Inc. and C.V. Starr & Co.) on various governance, litigation and transactional matters and Starr’s Chairman & CEO Maurice R. (“Hank”) Greenberg on tax matters
  • Various Wynn entities on several transactional matters and Stephen A. Wynn on estate planning matters
  • The biggest single winner in New York lottery history (at the time), in a tax residency dispute with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
  • The National Football League (NFL) in the resolution of the labor dispute with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)
  • The Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES Network) in an antitrust class action by cable subscribers against Major League Baseball (MLB), MLB teams and regional sports networks
  • The Commonwealth of Kentucky in actions alleging antitrust and price gouging violations against Marathon Petroleum Company
  • Bondholders in Argentina’s debt crisis litigation
  • A litigation trust holding claims of a foreign state-run oil company to pursue antitrust and RICO claims concerning international bid rigging
  • Various private entities on transactional and employment matters
  • Chief executive officers and senior executives in their employment, consulting and separation arrangements
  • Not-for-profit entities on corporate governance matters

Brad received his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business and Law, and his B.B.A., magna cum laude, Accounting, from Hofstra University.  Brad has authored, How different types of ownership structures could save Major League Baseball teams from contraction?”, which appeared in the Journal of International Business and Law (Spring Edition 2003) and co-authored, How Employers Can Protect Themselves From Liability for Employees' Misuse of Computer, Internet and E-Mail Systems in the Workplace”, which appeared in the Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law (Winter Edition 2004).

*Certain representations occurred prior to Brad’s association with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.