Arthur H. Bryant

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Executive Director
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abryant@publicjustice.net
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Arthur H. Bryant, Executive Director of Public Justice and the Public Justice Foundation, has won major victories and established new precedents in several areas of the law, including constitutional law, toxic torts, civil rights, consumer protection, and mass torts. The National Law Journal has named him one of the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World.

Arthur is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, where he captained his team to the Ames Moot Court Competition Championship. After serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Gabrielle M. McDonald, he worked as an associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Kohn, Savett, Marion & Graf (now Kohn, Swift & Graf), handling First Amendment, civil rights, and complex civil litigation. While at that firm, he brought and tried the case that forced the admission of women to Philadelphia's previously all-male Central High School.

Arthur joined Public Justice (then Trial Lawyers for Public Justice) in 1984 as its then-sole staff attorney and became its Executive Director in 1987. In 1991, he was honored by the American Bar Association as one of twenty young lawyers making a difference in the world. In 1994, because of his success litigating Title IX cases, he was named by College Sports Magazine as one of the fifty most influential people in college sports. In 1996, he received a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship from Harvard Law School for "outstanding contributions and dedication to public interest law" and was named by The American Lawyer as one of 45 young lawyers "whose vision and commitment are changing lives."

In 2000, Arthur was selected by The National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. In 2002, he received the George Moscone Memorial Award for Public Service from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the Pursuit of Justice Award from the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. In 2003, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association renamed its public service award the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award.

In 2005, Arthur received the Justice Michael A. Musmanno Award from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Leonard Weinglass Award for Excellence in Defense of Civil Liberties from the Civil Rights Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. In 2006, he was again selected by The National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. In 2011, Arthur received the New Jersey Association for Justice's Presidential Award for "his dedication to Public Justice and his boundless energy to help and protect consumers."

In 2012, Arthur received the League of Fans' "Sport At Its Best Award" for his success advancing "Equal Opportunity in Sports." In 2013, he received the Joe Tonahill Award from the American Association for Justice's New Lawyer Division for "Outstanding Service to Consumers and the Trial Bar."

Arthur Bryant in the News

Title IX at 40: Most Schools Still Aren't in Compliance - The Christian Science Monitor

The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America - The National Law Journal

Let Judgment Run Down as Waters, and Righteousness as a Mighty Stream - Northern California Super Lawyers

Life on Trial - American Lawyer

Caring Intensively - San Francisco Daily Journal