Arthur H. Bryant
Arthur H. Bryant, Chairman Emeritus of Public Justice, 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 twice named him one of the 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America.
Arthur first came to Public Justice in 1984 as its sole staff attorney, and was appointed Executive Director in 1987. Under Arthur’s leadership, the organization grew from a staff of two, including him, to a staff of 30. While Arthur was Executive Director, Public Justice became involved in a broader range of cutting-edge, high-impact litigation than any public interest group in the country – fighting for consumers’ rights, workers’ rights, civil rights and liberties, environmental protection, corporate and government accountability, and the poor and the powerless. Its Access to Justice Campaign, launched in 2004, made Public Justice the national leader in the courts against corporate efforts to expand mandatory arbitration, federal preemption, unjustified secrecy, and other barriers to Americans’ constitutional right to a jury trial and a day in court. Arthur became Chairman in 2014, his 30th Anniversary with Public Justice, and Chairman Emeritus in 2019, his 35th Anniversary with Public Justice.
Some of Arthur’s recognition for his work includes:
- In 1991, he was honored by the American Bar Association as one of 20 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 50 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 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 (now the American Association for Justice).
- 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.”
- In 2015, Arthur was awarded the New Jersey Association for Justice’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, the organization’s highest honor, and the President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice for his “lifelong devotion to public service” and “bringing justice to those least able to fight for themselves.”
- In 2016, Arthur received the Clarence Darrow Award from Mass Torts Made Perfect, an honor “nationally regarded as one of the most prestigious and highly coveted in the realm of trial law,” and the Dale Haralson Fallout Award from the Western Trial Lawyers Association in recognition of his “extraordinary dedication, diligence and commitment to the pursuit of justice.”
- In 2017, he received the Consumer Advocate of the Year Award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego “in recognition of his tireless efforts and endless dedication to protect California consumers.”
- In 2018, Arthur was inducted into the Trial Lawyer National Portrait Gallery, which features a series of original paintings that document and celebrate the champions of the trial bar.
- In 2019, Arthur was honored with this video tribute from Trevor Goring, the artist in the Trial Lawyer National Portrait Gallery.
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 Bryant in the News
Arthur Bryant on Public Justice – America’s Public Interest Law Firm – Corporate Crime Reporter
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