Brian D. Koosed

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Brian Koosed is a seasoned litigator who represents corporations, financial institutions, and high-net-worth individuals in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration. Brian has extensive litigation experience within the retail manufacturing and financial services sectors, specifically in the context of “business divorces,” whether they arise out of complex M&A transactions and joint venture agreements, or adversary proceedings in Chapter 11 bankruptcies.

Brian also regularly represents clients in business fraud cases, pre-closing and post-closing deal disputes, defamation actions, deceptive trade practices and other consumer protection class actions, and insurance coverage disputes.

Brian is actively involved in his community, serving on the Montgomery County (MD) Victim Services Advisory Board, where he advocates for the rights of crime victims and their families.


Representative Matters

  • Represented a Chinese manufacturer and investment fund seeking to recoup monies improperly diverted by a business partner as part of a years-long accounting fraud scheme, in both AAA arbitrations and on issues of first impression in U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Represented a major manufacturer in litigation in New York state court against a private equity firm arising out of the private equity firm’s failure to close on its purchase of one of the manufacturer’s lines of business pursuant to an asset sale agreement
  • Represented two Maryland-based investment funds in securities litigation in the Southern District of New York involving multiple issues of first impression under the U.S. securities laws and New York law
  • Represented a prominent financial institution in a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit in New York Bankruptcy Court alleging various tort and bankruptcy (fraudulent transfer and preference) claims arising out of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a major telecommunications company
  • Represented a prominent financial institution in New York federal court in defending a challenge to its form contract documentation used to purchase millions of dollars worth of bankruptcy claims from creditors in high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcies
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in New York federal court arising out of alleged oral agreements to grant stock options; obtained dismissal of the case and affirmance of the dismissal at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Represented a food company in successfully obtaining dismissal of an action in D.C. Superior Court under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act based on novel choice-of-law argument
  • Represented one of the world’s premier luxury retailers in multi-jurisdictional litigation in state and federal courts in New York, Alabama, and elsewhere alleging breach of contract and fraud arising out of certain allegedly improper business practices
  • Represented various financial institutions in adversary proceedings in New York Bankruptcy Court seeking to “claw back” funds paid to shareholders of public companies in connection with the public companies’ leveraged buyouts, including application of Bankruptcy Code “safe harbors” as defenses to such “clawback” claims
  • Obtained a favorable settlement in a Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. case on behalf of a water heater and boiler supplier against a contractor that made false and defamatory claims on social media
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in insurance coverage dispute relating to food product recalls, including obtaining successful ruling on summary judgment on defense costs




  • J.D. cum laude Georgetown University Law Center 2005
    • American Criminal Law Review
  • B.A. Psychology and Political Science summa cum laude Miami University 2002

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Co-chair, Montgomery County (MD) Victim Services Advisory Board


Pro Bono

  • Argued multiple pro bono cases in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Previously served as pro bono partner for the DC office of an international law firm


  • Member, Brotherhood of Washington Hebrew Congregation

Personal Activities

  • Enjoys cooking, running, strength training, and spending time with his wife and two kids when he’s not busy working on client matters