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Brendon DeMay



Brendon DeMay is a first-chair trial and appellate lawyer for finance, technology, retail, and media clients in contractual, securities, and antitrust matters in federal and state court litigation and arbitrations. He also has significant experience in private litigation and government investigations into insider trading and securities fraud. He currently represents investors and bank trustees in RMBS repurchase litigations and serves as plaintiffs’ liaison counsel in dozens of coordinated actions. Brendon recently briefed, argued, and won an appeal in two RMBS matters, obtaining a reversal of the trial court’s dismissal and reviving claims worth hundreds of millions of dollars. As a member of the trial team in the Lehman Brothers RMBS bankruptcy dispute, he helped obtain a $2.4 billion verdict for investors. Brendon is also currently litigating against Walmart regarding an agreement to sell half a billion dollars’ worth of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also represented PetSmart in a covenants dispute with lenders regarding $8 billion in debt obligations. In his past pro bono work, he has represented indigent parties in appellate, housing, and family law matters. He was recognized as a top litigator under 40 by Benchmark Litigation for six straight years.

Prior to joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Brendon was litigated at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and clerked for Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Before becoming a lawyer, Brendon appeared in numerous professional productions as an actor and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best Actor.


Notable Cases

Notable Cases

  • IBM in federal antitrust investigation, M&A litigation, and multi-billion-dollar arbitration. 
  • Investors and bank trustees in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) repurchase litigations.
  • PetSmart in a covenants dispute with lenders regarding $8 billion in debt obligations.
  • Visa Inc. in indemnification dispute in connection with antitrust investigations and related litigation in Europe.
  • Global banks in RMBS fraud litigation and CDO bankruptcy proceedings.
  • National retailer in private lawsuits and criminal and civil investigations by the United States Attorney, SEC, and NYSE related to insider trading and securities fraud.
  • Major bookseller in antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice and state attorneys general relating to e-books, as well as antitrust and patent litigation over e-reader technology.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb in litigations alleging violations of Section 1 of the Sherman Act.
  • Qualcomm in patent litigation against Broadcom.
  • Large health care companies in defeating various M&A shareholder litigations.

News and Writings


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  • Hon. Vaughn R. Walker, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2007 – 2008


Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 2007; Managing Editor, The Georgetown Law Journal)

Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude, 2003)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
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