G. Eric Brunstad, Jr. has argued 10 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including matters involving the First Amendment, bankruptcy, taxation, the Commerce Clause, statutory interpretation, jurisdiction and arbitration.
In addition to the cases he has argued, Mr. Brunstad has worked on more than 35 other matters in the Supreme Court, including matters involving federal licensing, civil rights, procedure, insurance, sovereign immunity, pensions, energy contracts, and defamation. He has also argued and briefed numerous cases in most of the federal courts of appeals, including matters involving insurance, setoff, prepayment premiums, subrogation, and a variety of other commercial law topics. In addition to his practice, he is a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at NYU School of Law and a frequent visiting lecturer at Yale Law School where he teaches courses on bankruptcy, secured transactions, commercial law, argument and reason, and federal courts. He began teaching at Yale in 1990 and has also taught at the Harvard Law School.
Mr. Brunstad is widely published, and is a contributing author for the Collier treatise on bankruptcy law. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer in numerous directories and publications, including Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 US, Leading Lawyer in Appellate Law, The Best Lawyers in America, International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, and Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy Law. Recently, he was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy and Reorganization "Lawyer of the Year" in Hartford. His scholarly work has been cited or quoted by many courts, including the Supreme Court.
Mr. Brunstad’s appearances before the Supreme Court include his argument on behalf of the Marshall family in the Anna Nicole Smith case, Marshall v. Marshall, 547 U.S. 293 (2006); his argument on behalf of Travelers in Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. v. Pacific Gas & Elec. Co., 127 S. Ct. 1199 (2007); and his argument on behalf of Citizens Bank in Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, 127 S. Ct. 1105 (2007).
Mr. Brunstad was a member of the Dechert litigation team recognized as part of the Financial Times’ 2013 Top U.S. Innovative Law Firms for their “standout” work acting as lead counsel for an ad hoc group of creditors in connection with the highly contested cross-border restructuring of approximately US$1.6 billion in defaulted senior notes issued by Mexico's largest glass manufacturer, Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. This precedent-setting case marked the first time that U.S. courts clarified the standards and requirements for global businesses that file for Chapter 15 bankruptcy.
Connecticut College, B.A., 1983, magna cum laude
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1986, Associate and Contributing Editor of the Michigan Law Review
Yale Law School, LL.M., 2011
Yale Law School, J.S.D., 2014
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States Court of Federal Claims
Former Chair, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Business Bankruptcy Committee
Former Member, Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Bankruptcy Rules
Former Member, Local Rules Committee of the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association
Former Member, Drafting Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure for the Southern District of New York
Connecticut and Hartford County Bar Associations
American Bar Association (Section of Business Law and Chair, Business Bankruptcy Committee)
American Bankruptcy Institute
Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Bankruptcy Rules