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Brendan M. Schulman

Special Counsel

Phone: 212.715.9247 Fax: 212.715.8220 New York

Mr. Schulman is Special Counsel in the Litigation Department and serves as Kramer Levin’s E-Discovery Counsel.

Mr. Schulman’s litigation experience involves all aspects of commercial practice, in federal and state courts and in arbitration tribunals, with an emphasis on law-and-technology matters. His matters span a broad range of areas, including securities fraud, complex contract disputes, regulatory challenges, corporate fiduciary duties, complex trusts and estates litigation, and accounting malpractice. Mr. Schulman is head of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (commercial drones) practice group and is defending the first federal case ever involving the operation of a commercial drone in the United States. He has two decades of hands-on experience with unmanned aircraft technology.

In his capacity as E-Discovery Counsel, Mr. Schulman advises clients on the impact of electronically stored information in litigation matters, with an emphasis on technology-assisted review and other cost-effective and defensible strategies. He also counsels attorneys and clients on effective discovery approaches and proactive advocacy, with a view to emerging developments in this rapidly-evolving field.

Mr. Schulman lectures and writes on unmanned aircraft systems, electronic discovery, and other law-and-technology topics and is a member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Air and Space Law, the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production, the American Bar Association E-Discovery and Digital Evidence Committee, and the New York State Bar Association Social Media Law Committee.

Highlights of Mr. Schulman’s work include:

  • Defense of the first enforcement action brought by the FAA against the operator of a civilian drone (unmanned aircraft system)
  • Representation of a major aerospace contractor in connection with government antitrust inquiry concerning its work on next-generation fighter aircraft
  • Defense of a major university in litigation concerning the management and operation of a landmark science research facility
  • Obtaining dismissal of four separate securities fraud actions brought in various jurisdictions against an independent lending institution
  • Obtaining dismissal of claims of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty brought by investors against a private-equity investment group
  • Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a former director and chair of the compensation committee of the New York Stock Exchange in an action brought by the New York Attorney General relating to executive compensation
  • Representation at trial of a tax advisory firm alleged to have committed professional malpractice

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J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1999
  • Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, 1998-1999
  • Staff and Line Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, 1996-1998
  • Nathan Burkan Memorial Award, Copyright Law
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B.A., Distinction in the Major, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, Yale University, 1996
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New York, 2001
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2002
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2002
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U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, 2013
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Chief Judge William G. Young,  U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1999 - 2000
    -New York State Bar Association
    -American Bar Association