Brian Polovoy is a partner in the Litigation practice of Shearman & Sterling, where he has practiced for over 25 years. His practice involves a variety of complex litigation for U.S. and foreign clients, with particular emphasis on securities class actions and matters involving financial institutions, fraud allegations, and cross-border issues. Mr. Polovoy has been recognized in leading client publications, including The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation, and Law360, and described in these publications by clients and peers as “top notch in every respect,” “highly recommended,” and a “rising star” with “a great way of explaining the issues.” He is a member of the firm’s Conflicts & Ethics Committee and served on the firm’s Practice Management Committee.
Mr. Polovoy serves on the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society and the Board of Trustees of International House. He has an active pro bono practice, which includes his successful argument before New York’s highest court on the right of a defendant to introduce expert testimony on the reliability of eyewitness identifications, People v. Abney, 13 N.Y.3d 251 (2009), overturning a murder conviction after the sole eyewitness recanted her testimony, People v. Morillo, 2011 WL 7631523 (Supreme Ct. Bronx Co. Oct. 6, 2011), and a recent argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals asserting Sixth Amendment violations. Martinez v. Capra, 2017 WL 129150 (2d Cir. Jan. 12, 2017).
Mr. Polovoy’s experience includes a secondment to the legal department of Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and a secondment to the litigation department of a major English law firm in London.
J.D., cum laude
A.B., cum laude