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Patrick A. Bradford


Adjunct Professor of Law

Patrick A. Bradford specializes in complex business and regulatory litigation, including representing clients before the DOJ, SEC, FTC, and FINRA. He regularly appears in federal and state courts throughout the country. His expertise includes antitrust, financial services, auditor defense, regulatory investigations (including corporate, government, and FCPA investigations), corporate governance, False Claims Act, employment discrimination (defense), environmental, ethics, healthcare fraud, and class action defense. Mr. Bradford’s clients include public and private companies, directors and officers, and high net worth individuals. 

Recent trial representations include the chief defendant in the FTC’s largest-ever real estate asset freeze in federal court (D. Md); Hercules PC and its principal in an employment discrimination case in federal court (S.D.N.Y.); and CNA insurance in a medical malpractice trial in Georgia state court (Fulton Co. Ga). 

Prior to launching Bradford Edwards & Varlack LLP, Mr. Bradford held leadership positions in private practice and government. He was the first African American elevated to partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP where he practiced antitrust and government enforcement defense. Mr. Bradford was also Chief Litigation and Ethics Counsel to the New York City Council and General Counsel to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. 

Mr. Bradford has taught Antitrust Law at Fordham University School of Law as an Adjunct Professor, and Law & Technology at Columbia University as an Instructor. 

Mr. Bradford earned his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. He began his legal career as a federal district court law clerk to the late Hon. Clifford Scott Green (E.D. Pa.). 

Mr. Bradford is a strong supporter of the arts and social justice. He is a trustee on several not-for-profit boards, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Classical Theatre of Harlem, and a Senior Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.