Brandon focuses his practice on advising motor vehicle manufacturers concerning dealer network matters, which include dealer terminations, proposed dealer relocations and establishments, sales performance standards, customer satisfaction programs, incentive programs, facilities and corporate identity programs, vehicle allocation, buy-sell transactions and rights of first refusal, dealer ownership changes, sales leads and dealer licensing.
In addition to counseling clients, Brandon has a litigation practice that involves all aspects of the manufacturer-dealer relationship. In litigating these disputes, Brandon takes into account both the ongoing nature of the manufacturer-dealer relationship and the broader network development opportunities that might arise. In any litigation, Brandon focuses on pursuing the most productive strategy for his clients, whether that means negotiating a business-oriented resolution or engaging in the litigation process through a trial or administrative hearing.
Brandon’s experience also includes general commercial litigation, including both plaintiff and defense matters based on contract, professional liability, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. He also has experience representing national and local banks in commercial mortgage foreclosure and mechanics lien litigation. In addition, he enjoys providing pro bono legal assistance to refugees seeking asylum.
During law school, Brandon served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Geraldine Soat Brown, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Prior to attending law school, Brandon worked for three years as a cost and budget analyst for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Represented Audi in Ohio federal court action alleging price discrimination under the Robinson-Patman Act, the federal Automobile Dealers Day in Court Act, and the Ohio Motor Vehicle Franchise Act.
Represented Audi in New York federal court price discrimination claim challenging national vehicle incentive program.
Represented Volkswagen in South Carolina federal court action seeking $8 million in damages for alleged coercion in connection with dealer’s obligation to build facility. Jury verdict entered for Volkswagen on all counts.
Represented receiver in claim brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the directors and officers of AA Capital Partners, Inc., an SEC-registered investment advisor, in a $60 million claim for violations of ERISA, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and conversion arising out of alleged misappropriation and misuse of investor funds.
Barack Ferrazzano attorneys succeeded in petitioning the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Court to grant political asylum to an Iranian national, who fled Iran after being targeted by the government for participating in the historic protests that followed the election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009. This appears to be one of the first U.S. asylum cases connected with the widely reported 2009 election protests in Iran.
Professional Activities & Honors
- Member, Chicago Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association
- Selected, Emerging Lawyers Network (2015-2016)
- Selected, Illinois Rising Stars, Super Lawyers (2013-2018)
- Recipient, Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award, Jewish United Fund (JUF) / Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (2016)
- Selected, Chicago's Jewish 36 Under 36 (2012), Oy!Chicago and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
- Development Editor, Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights (2006-2007)
- Charles Cheney Hyde Prize for Outstanding Paper on a Topic in Public International Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2006 and 2007)
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Pi Sigma Alpha
Charitable & Community Organizations
- Wexner Heritage Program for Jewish Leadership Development, Wexner Foundation (2017-present)
- National Young Leadership Cabinet, Jewish Federations of North America (2011-2017)
- Vice Chair, Study Mission to Berlin and Israel (2015-2016)
- Representative, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (2014-2015)
- Co-Chair for Engagement & Orientation (2013-2014)
- Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
- Board of Directors, Young Leadership Division (2012-2016)
- President, Young Leadership Division (2014-2015)
- Board of Directors (2014-2015)
- Jewish Leaders Institute (2013-2015)
- Young Lawyers Group, Chair (2010-2012) and Campaign Co-Chair (2012-2013)
- AIPAC Chicago Young Leadership Council (2012-2014)
Speaking Engagements & Presentations
Articles & Publications
- "Rights, Legal Remedies, and Calculating Damages for Breach of Contract,"2008 – Chapter 13, IICLE Contract Law
- Mining Gold in a Conflict Zone: The Context, Ramifications, and Lessons of AngloGold Ashanti’s Activities in the Democratic Republic of the CongoSpring 2007 – Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights
- 1/25/2018 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- 7/27/2017 – Above the Law
- 1/14/2015 – Super Lawyers
- Summer 2012
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007
Miami University, B.A., summa cum laude, B.S. in Business, summa cum laude, 2001
Bar & Court Admissions
- State of Illinois
- U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit
- Audi of America
- Automobili Lamborghini America
- Bank of America
- Volkswagen Group of America