William B. Brady

William B. Brady

William B. Brady

William Brady is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department and a member of its Securities Litigation + White Collar Defense Group. Mr. Brady has advised and represented clients in a wide range of litigation matters, with a concentration on securities litigation. He joined Goodwin in 2011.


Mr. Brady represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of business disputes, including shareholder class actions alleging violations of federal securities laws and shareholder derivative litigation. He also guides clients through regulatory and internal investigations, including responding to issues relating to fiduciary duties, insider trading, public disclosures, accounting, executive compensation, and cybersecurity, among others. Mr. Brady’s experience also includes advising and representing clients in litigation related to mergers and acquisitions. He works with clients across a broad range of industries, including financial institutions, private equity firms, technology and life sciences companies.

Mr. Brady’s recent experience includes:

  • Won a favorable appraisal award following a week-long trial in Delaware Chancery Court for a $4 billion venture capital firm; the award is among the highest appraisal awards as a multiple of cash-out price issued by the Chancery Court in the last decade.
  • Won complete dismissal of a books and records claim for a pharmaceutical client following a first-of-its kind trial in Massachusetts Superior Court, following a special committee investigation of two related shareholder derivative demands.
  • Won complete dismissal with prejudice of Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 claims in a shareholder class action against client Metabolix, its CEO and CFO in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
  • Won complete dismissal with prejudice of breach of fiduciary duty claims brought in Massachusetts Superior Court against current and former directors of Metabolix, based on a successful showing that plaintiff’s failure to plead that a demand on the board would have been futile.
  • Won complete dismissal with prejudice of securities class action litigation brought under Sections 11, 12(a)(2) and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933 against the Princeton Review, certain of its officers and directors and its underwriter in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Mr. Brady also serves as chairman of the firm’s Junior Associate Development Committee and as a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Brady was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Prior to that, Mr. Brady served as legal counsel to a Democratic presidential primary campaign during the 2008 election cycle.



J.D., 2007
Duke University School of Law
(cum laude)
B.S.F.S., 2002
Georgetown University
(magna cum laude)



New York


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


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