Brian Esser Brian Esser is a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Brian Esser. His practice focuses on family law and LGBT couples. Previously, he was a member of the Litigation group in the New York office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. His practice focused on complex and general civil litigation and corporate investigations, with a particular emphasis on electronic discovery and technology. Brian has worked on a range of investigations and monitorships on subjects as diverse as anti-money laundering, economic and trade sanctions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, export controls, channel stuffing, New York State ethics laws and Medicare fraud and abuse.
At Baker Hostetler, his representative litigation matters included civil RICO claims brought against insurance companies, tobacco manufacturers, foreign sovereigns and government contractors, as well as breach of contract, noncompete clauses and unfair competition cases. Brian also coordinated discovery for the over one thousand avoidance actions initiated by the court-appointed trustee under the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.
In addition to his main practice, Brian maintained an active pro bono practice that encompasses litigation, appellate and legislative work in the areas of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and HIV status, reproductive rights, asylum and the death penalty. While at his previous law firm Arnold & Porter, Brian served as a “loaned associate” to the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where he represented low-income tenants in matters before the D.C. Superior Court and in administrative hearings before the D.C. Housing Authority. From 2000 to 2001 he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rafael Diaz of the D.C. Superior Court. Brian graduated magna cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University in 1997. He and his husband Kevin O’Leary have a son through open adoption.
Term: March 2017 – March 2018