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Since 1977, Mr. Brandt has acted as lead trial counsel in all types of complex business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the nation, as well as before various governmental agencies and arbitration panels. Mr. Brandt has handled dozens of trials during that time. Mr. Brandt's experience spans a number of industries and types of proceedings, and he has achieved many summary judgments and other favorable resolutions prior to trial. During his career Mr. Brandt has counseled many boards of directors, management teams and legal departments regarding litigation, business and regulatory matters, and risk avoidance.

Mr. Brandt has particular experience in class, shareholder derivative and multi-plaintiff litigation, including Multi District Litigation. He has substantial experience in the area of securities litigation, having represented issuers, underwriters, investment bankers, accountants and broker-dealers in connection with alleged securities law and related claims. Mr. Brandt also has represented clients in connection with government investigations, disciplinary actions and enforcement proceedings commenced by self-regulatory agencies and state securities commissioners, as well as before the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Mr. Brandt has represented many board of directors and special committees in derivative actions and other matters. Mr. Brandt has also represented clients in connection with white collar criminal proceedings and internal investigations, and  has led a number of corporate internal investigations. In addition, Mr. Brandt has defended other class action litigation, including numerous antitrust lawsuits. He further has handled a substantial amount of employment litigation, defending against claims of race, sex and age discrimination as well as claims involving the ADA, FMLA and claims of sexual harassment. Mr. Brandt also has represented banks and other financial institutions in lender liability litigation.

Meanwhile, Mr. Brandt served as Office Managing Partner of the Kansas City office from 2014 to 2018, and also has chaired the firm’s Recruiting Committee.  He is extremely involved in a number of bar, civic, educational and charitable organizations; among these activities, he has served as General Counsel to the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Missouri Bar Board of Governors.  He also recently served as President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.  He also has served as a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, and as President of the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association.  He currently serves on the Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors.  He also has served as Board Chair of Wayside Waifs and as President of DeLaSalle Charter High School.  He has been honored as one of Kansas City's Most Powerful Business Leaders.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

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    • Ingrams Magazine, Kansas City's 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders
    • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce - General Counsel and Secretary, Executive Committee, 2016 - 2019
    • The Missouri Bar - Board of Governors, 2015 - 2019
    • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association - President, 2014; President-Elect, 2013; Vice President, 2012; Treasurer, 2011; Board of Directors, 2006 - 2017; Chair, Strategic Vision Committee, 2009 - 2010; Chair, Securities Law Committee, 2000; Publications Committee, 2008 - present; Finance Committee, 2010 - 2011; Audit Committee, 2011; President, Past Presidents Club, 2016 - 2017
    • 2009 President's Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • 2019 Outstanding CLE Contributor, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Federal Courts Advocates - President, 2012; President-Elect, 2011; Secretary, 2010; Board of Directors, 2009 - 2013
    • Lawyers Association of Kansas City - President, 1999-2000; Board Member, 1997 - 2000
    • Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, 2018 - 2020
    • Vanderbilt University Alumni Association - President, 2016 - 2018; President-Elect, 2014 - 2016; Board of Directors, 2012 - 2019
    • Vanderbilt Law School Alumni Board, 1998 - 2001
    • Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors, 2020 - present
    • Vanderbilt Alumni Association, Kansas City Chapter - President, 2011 - 2013
    • Vanderbilt CORPS Recruiter, 2007 - present
    • Wayside Waifs - Board Chair, 2017 - 2019; Vice Chair, 2015 - 2016; Board of Directors, 2014 - 2019
    • DeLaSalle Charter High School - President, 2011 - 2013; President-Elect, 2010 - 2011; Secretary, 2009 - 2010; Board of Directors, 2008 - 2014
    • The Turning Point Center for Hope and Healing - Board of Directors, 2010 - 2014
    • The Children's Place - Board of Directors, 2006 - 2008
    • The Carriage Club - President, 1997 - 1998; Board of Directors, 1994 - 1998, 2017 - present
    • Coro Foundation - President, 1989 - 1990; Board of Directors, 1987 - 1990
    • Civic Council's Kansas City Tomorrow Program, 1989
    • Lawyers Association of Kansas City - President, 1999-2000; Board Member, 1997 - 2000
    • Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, 2018 - 2020
    • Vanderbilt University Alumni Association - President, 2016 - 2018; President-Elect, 2014 - 2016; Board of Directors, 2012 - 2019
    • Vanderbilt Law School Alumni Board, 1998 - 2001
    • Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors, 2020 - present
    • Vanderbilt Alumni Association, Kansas City Chapter - President, 2011 - 2013
    • Vanderbilt CORPS Recruiter, 2007 - present
    • Wayside Waifs - Board Chair, 2017 - 2019; Vice Chair, 2015 - 2016; Board of Directors, 2014 - 2019
    • DeLaSalle Charter High School - President, 2011 - 2013; President-Elect, 2010 - 2011; Secretary, 2009 - 2010; Board of Directors, 2008 - 2014
    • The Turning Point Center for Hope and Healing - Board of Directors, 2010 - 2014
    • The Children's Place - Board of Directors, 2006 - 2008
    • The Carriage Club - President, 1997 - 1998; Board of Directors, 1994 - 1998, 2017 - present
    • Coro Foundation - President, 1989 - 1990; Board of Directors, 1987 - 1990
    • Civic Council's Kansas City Tomorrow Program, 1989
    • Wayside Waifs - Board Chair, 2017 - 2019; Vice Chair, 2015 - 2016; Board of Directors, 2014 - 2019
    • DeLaSalle Charter High School - President, 2011 - 2013; President-Elect, 2010 - 2011; Secretary, 2009 - 2010; Board of Directors, 2008 - 2014
    • The Turning Point Center for Hope and Healing - Board of Directors, 2010 - 2014
    • The Children's Place - Board of Directors, 2006 - 2008
    • The Carriage Club - President, 1997 - 1998; Board of Directors, 1994 - 1998, 2017 - present
    • Coro Foundation - President, 1989 - 1990; Board of Directors, 1987 - 1990
    • Civic Council's Kansas City Tomorrow Program, 1989
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Professional Affiliations

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    • Best Lawyers in America, 2019 Kansas City Regulatory Enforcement Lawyer of the Year
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Kansas City Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2013 Kansas City Regulatory Enforcement Lawyer of the Year
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2012 Kansas City Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year
    • Best Lawyers in America (Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Securities and Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement categories)
    • Chambers USA (Litigation - General Commercial Category)
    • Lexology Client Choice Award, 2013 and 2017 (exclusive Missouri winner for Litigation)
    • Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer, Top 100 Missouri Lawyer, and Top 50 Kansas City Lawyer
    • Missouri "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Award, Top Defense Judgment 2019
    • Missouri Bar Task Force on Lawyers Helping Lawyers, 2014 - 2016
    • Missouri Bar Task Force on Complex Litigation, 2016 - 2018
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 2010 - 2014
    • Lecturer, Vanderbilt Law School, 2006 - present
    • Appointed in 1990 and 1991 to separate Merit Selection Commissions recommending candidates for United States District Judge
    • Appointed in 2017 to Merit Commission for Reappointment of US Magistrate Judge
    • Appointed in 2018 to Chair Merit Commission for Appointment of US Magistrate Judge
    • American Bar Association
    • U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society - Missouri Chair, 1997 - 1998; 2015 - 2016
    • Vanderbilt Law Review - Executive Editor, 1976 - 1977
    • Vanderbilt Law School - Recipient, The Morgan Prize, 1977
    • Vanderbilt Law School - Recipient, The Myron Penn Laughlin Award, 1976
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer, Top 100 Missouri Lawyer, and Top 50 Kansas City Lawyer
    • Missouri "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
    • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Award, Top Defense Judgment 2019
    • Missouri Bar Task Force on Lawyers Helping Lawyers, 2014 - 2016
    • Missouri Bar Task Force on Complex Litigation, 2016 - 2018
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 2010 - 2014
    • Lecturer, Vanderbilt Law School, 2006 - present
    • Appointed in 1990 and 1991 to separate Merit Selection Commissions recommending candidates for United States District Judge
    • Appointed in 2017 to Merit Commission for Reappointment of US Magistrate Judge
    • Appointed in 2018 to Chair Merit Commission for Appointment of US Magistrate Judge
    • American Bar Association
    • U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society - Missouri Chair, 1997 - 1998; 2015 - 2016
    • Vanderbilt Law Review - Executive Editor, 1976 - 1977
    • Vanderbilt Law School - Recipient, The Morgan Prize, 1977
    • Vanderbilt Law School - Recipient, The Myron Penn Laughlin Award, 1976
    • Appointed in 1990 and 1991 to separate Merit Selection Commissions recommending candidates for United States District Judge
    • Appointed in 2017 to Merit Commission for Reappointment of US Magistrate Judge
    • Appointed in 2018 to Chair Merit Commission for Appointment of US Magistrate Judge
    • American Bar Association
    • U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society - Missouri Chair, 1997 - 1998; 2015 - 2016
    • Vanderbilt Law Review - Executive Editor, 1976 - 1977
    • Vanderbilt Law School - Recipient, The Morgan Prize, 1977
    • Vanderbilt Law School - Recipient, The Myron Penn Laughlin Award, 1976
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Representative Experience

  • Represented numerous public companies in shareholder, antitrust, consumer and other class actions
  • Represented boards of directors in numerous shareholder derivative actions
  • Represented special committees in numerous derivative actions
  • Represented broker-dealer in multi-plaintiff federal court lawsuit alleging fraud in the sale of municipal bonds
  • Represented major national bank in major fiduciary trust litigation
  • Represented broker-dealer in multi-forum antitrust litigation relating to municipal derivatives
  • Represented trucking company in major multi-forum antitrust litigation
  • Represented managed care organization in major antitrust litigation
  • Represented broker-dealer in multi-forum litigation relating to silver futures
  • Represented major municipality in litigation relating to collateralized mortgage obligations
  • Represented major bank in litigation involving custody of public pension funds
  • Represented state university in lawsuit brought by former head football coach
  • Acted as Special Master in consolidated cases involving restaurant explosion
  • Represented investment banker in multi-forum litigation relating to private placements
  • Represented mutual fund company in ERISA class action
  • Conducted extensive corporate internal investigation on behalf of major agricultural association
  • Represented major plumbing distributor in business valuation litigation
  • Represented major banks in lender liability litigation
  • Represented CEO of NYSE-traded company in multi-forum litigation, criminal and enforcement proceedings
  • Represented mutual fund firm in multiple major lawsuit involving sales of variable annuities
  • Represented numerous broker-dealers in NASD arbitrations alleging unsuitability and overconcentration
  • Represented numerous firms in SEC, FINRA and state securities commission enforcement proceedings
  • Represented investment advisory firm in multiple regulatory proceedings
  • Represented individual registered representative in major NASD enforcement proceeding
  • Represented broker-dealers in various NASD arbitrations relating to employment issues
  • Represented manufacturer in trade secrets litigation
  • Represented a leading tax preparation service company in several product-related actions commenced by state Attorneys General and in other class action litigation
  • Represented plastics manufacturer in trade secret litigation
  • Represented retailers in multiple class actions alleging violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
  • Represented automobile manufacturer on regional basis in employment and dealer lawsuits
  • Acted as expert witness in legal malpractice action

Publications

  • Chapter Author, Securities Litigation and the Economic Crisis, Aspatore Publishing, 2009
  • Chapter Co-author, Settlement Agreements in Commercial Disputes, Aspen Publishing
  • Chapter Author, "The Law of Lawyers' Liability," ABA First Chair Press
  • Chapter Author, 50 State Survey of Accounting and Auditing Liability Issues," ABA Litigation Section
  • "Tying Arrangements and the Individual Coercion Doctrine," 30 Vand.L.Rev. 755, 1977
  • "Recent Developments in Attorneys’ Fees," 29 Vand.L.Rev. 685, 1976
  • "Hiking the Inca Trail," Vanderbilt Lawyer, Spring 2010
  • "Adventures in Peru," KC Counselor, October 2009
  • "A Dangerous Breed," KC Counselor, January 2011
  • "Bad Medicine: The Courtney Case," KC Counselor, June 2011
  • "European Adventure: Three Cities, Three Cultures," KC Counselor, March 2012
  • "Walk Like an Egyptian," KC Counselor, July 2012
  • "Amazon Adventure," KC Counselor, February 2014
  • "Climbing the Ladder: The Path to a Great Legal Career," KC Counselor, May 2014
  • "Istanbul Adventure," KC Counselor, October 2014 
  • "Je Suis Charlie," KC Counselor, March 2015
  • "Viva Italia!," KC Counselor, March 2016
  • "Israel Adventure," KC Counselor, March 2017
  • "Viva Cuba!" KC Counselor, April 2017
  • "Viva El Peru!" KC Counselor, September 2019
  • "Climbing the Ladder - The Path to a Great Legal Career," 1 UMKC Law Review De Jure 9, 2013