Brian Netter is a partner in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, and a co-leader of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate group.
Brian’s innovative work has been recognized in The National Law Journal’s “Appellate Hot List” on four separate occasions, and he has been recognized by The National Law Journal and by Washington DC Super Lawyers as an emerging star in appellate litigation.
Brian’s practice consists of briefing and arguing high profile and legally complex cases, in trial and appellate courts. His experience covers a broad range of substantive areas, and he frequently litigates cases involving administrative law, constitutional law, and ERISA. Earlier in his career, Brian served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Stephen Breyer on the US Supreme Court and to Judge Judith W. Rogers on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
Much of Brian's work involves issues of first impression in the federal courts. He is currently lead counsel to the District of Columbia Council in litigation concerning the District's right to spend local tax dollars. His work on other cases has resulted in the determination that local ordinances violate the US Constitution’s First Amendment and Tonnage Clause and in the invalidation, under the Administrative Procedure Act, of regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Treasury. He also currently represents the plaintiff in a challenge brought in the US District Court for the District of Columbia to final agency action by the Internal Revenue Service.
On ERISA questions, Brian litigates class-action disputes and advises clients on issues prompting such litigation, particularly as relates to ERISA's fiduciary standards. He is a frequent commentator on the Supreme Court’s ERISA docket.
Prior to his career as a lawyer, Brian earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial & Operations Engineering.