Bret R. Vallacher
Areas of Practice
Stanford Law School, J.D., Pro Bono Distinction, 2013; Managing Editor, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; Co-President, Stanford National Security and Law Society; Kirkwood Moot Court; TA for Bruce Owen (Law and Economics)
Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude, Government, Arabic, 2010; President of Dartmouth College Democrats; Executive Editor of Dartmouth Law Journal; Arabic Language Drill Instructor
United States District Courts: Southern District of New York
Bret Vallacher is a litigator who focuses on complex commercial litigation, government investigations, and white collar defense. His recent representations include:
- Representing clients in investigations brought by the DOJ, SEC, and international governments.
- Defending major client in securities litigation brought by the New York Attorney General.
- Representing unaccompanied migrant child from Honduras seeking relief (including asylum) from removal proceedings.
- Representing defendant in a turnover action brought by receiver in SDNY bankruptcy case.
- Representing executive producer of a 2016 Oscar winning film in contract negotiation with studio.
- Defending a major credit card network in connection with antitrust claims arising from the network’s contractual provisions with merchants. (In the summer of 2014, Mr. Vallacher was part of a trial team that defended the network in a seven week bench trial against claims by the Department of Justice relating to those provisions.)
- Defending a major bank client in a litigation against a former employee regarding fee advancement, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, and defamation.
- Representing plaintiffs in multibillion dollar Fifth Amendment lawsuit against the United States Government arising out of the financial crisis.
As a student at Stanford Law School, Mr. Vallacher served as a student practitioner in Stanford's Criminal Defense Clinic. As a student-practitioner, Mr. Vallacher secured the complete dismissal of misdemeanor charges for three of his clients, and negotiated a plea deal which cut probation time to half of the District Attorney's stated "best offer." While in law school, Mr. Vallacher also externed on the Navy Marine Court of Criminal Appeals, where he drafted an opinion regarding the Fourth Amendment in the military and national security context.